The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence

From Step Afrika!
Washington, D.C.

A beat for every brushstroke, Step Afrika! brings to life Jacob Lawrence's The Migration Series, the landmark collection of paintings about the largest demographic transformation in U.S. history. Fusing body percussion, tap and contemporary dance with live gospel, jazz and blues, the world's first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping uses uniquely American art forms to tell this uniquely American story. Experience the journey of the millions of African Americans who moved from the rural South to the urban North to rebuild their lives in this powerful, polyrhythmic performance of THE MIGRATION.

"Two art forms meld, and then painted images seem to come to life."The Washington Post "It's a show that needs to be experienced: a blend of incredible movement, rhythms and singing."DC Theater Scene "Lawrence's powerful artistry, and the dance-theater-musical it inspired, resonates more than ever." The Dance Journal



Performance Facts

Performance Facts

80 minutes including one intermission

Note: The New Victory is undergoing its biggest renovation in 21 years and construction will be in progress during The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence. Please plan your pre-show arrival with awareness that there will be temporary space limitations in the lobby. Thank you for your patience and excitement.

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A fusion of dance styles featuring stepping with live singing and percussion. Set features projections of Jacob Lawrence's celebrated paintings, depicting the flight of African Americans from the Jim Crow-era South.


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 Getting to Know Step Afrika!

Step Afrika! developed in South Africa as a collaboration between American dancers and members of Johannesburg's Soweto Dance Theater in 1994. They've since emerged as one of the top African American dance companies in the United States. Step Afrika! presents a fusion of step, indlamu, isicathulo (gumboot) and other percussive styles of dance. Not content to simply perform, they use stepping as an educational tool to help students focus on teamwork, academic achievement and cross-cultural understanding. From Iowa to Israel, Connecticut to Croatia, Step Afrika! presents in theaters and colleges globally, educating audiences about the rich tradition of stepping.

Did You Know?

  • Within months of the completion of The Migration Series in 1941, the Museum of Modern Art displayed Jacob Lawrence's 60-panel collection of paintings on cardboard, making him the first African American artist to be featured in MoMA's collection.
  • In 2001, the MTA commissioned Jacob Lawrence's last public work. Have you ever looked up at the mezzanine rafters above the N/Q/R/W trains at Times Square–42nd Street and seen a colorful, glass mosaic? That's Lawrence's New York in Transit!
  • Step Afrika! performed for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House for the 2016 Presidential Black History Month Reception.
  • Many of their performers practiced stepping in college as members of historically black fraternities and sororities. Step Afrika! dancers have degrees as varied as biochemistry, agriculture, journalism, music, exercise science and kinesiology.


All The Way From...

Washington, D.C.
...Washington, D.C.


Half of Jacob Lawrence's The Migration Series is housed in The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

Attending the Performance

All New Victory venues are located on the north side of 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, and are wheelchair accessible.


The majority of this season's performances are presented at The New Victory, a 499-seat, historic, jewel box theater. Make yourselves at home in our lobbies (redesigned Fall 2017!) and stow your stuff in free storage lockers.
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Located just west of The New Victory, the New 42nd Street Studios building is a state-of-the-art, 10-story rehearsal studio/office/theater complex. Productions that require a more intimate space play at The Duke on 42nd Street theater and in the Studios.
Seating varies in these flexible spaces.



All New Victory venues feature snacks and souvenirs for sale, and stroller parking and changing tables are available whenever age-appropriate. Lobby monitors at The New Victory show a live stream of the stage so that you won't miss out if you need to leave your seat.
Read more about all three venues here, including accessibility information.
Please do not bring backpacks or large bags to the theater. All bags are subject to inspection.

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Where To Go

 The Duke on 42nd Street and New 42nd Street Studios
229 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036

 The New Victory Theater
209 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036


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