Ballet Afrique: A Frique of Nature
Ballet Afrique is proud to announce the return to the Long Center for its third annual show with an original production A Frique of Nature, a collection of pieces that travels through the ages and focuses on how women navigate through various storms in their lives.
China Smith, Founding Executive Director of Ballet Afrique gathered inspiration for her choreography from the short stories of J. California Cooper-slave narratives, to her own tender experience as the mother of young children.
Dancers will perform a number to a version of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” about the horrors and legacy of lynching, dance full of swagger to Jill Scott’s “Woman Manifesto.”
And celebrate moments of joy, with salsa dancing to Tito Puente’s upbeat “Take Five” about the exuberance of children chasing each other on the playground.