Qudus Onikeku and QDance Company present "Re:INCARNATION"
Qudus Onikeku and the QDance Company
Season opener June 3–4! An ode to the richness of Nigerian culture, Re:INCARNATION celebrates the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth and Africa’s powers of reinvention in a show that draws on Afrobeats, Afro dances, and Black aesthetics, resulting in a dance, music and fashion creation, born of an explosive cocktail of jazz, soul, funk, and traditional African music. In this mix of urban cultures, a reincarnation of the personal trajectories of each of the dancers comes to the fore with their references and memories.
All of Lagos is out in the streets, where a fight breaks out and one person dies. A breach in reality opens, exposing a world where a bird-woman holds court, along with keepers of the kingdom of the dead and other mythical figures. Here death is not terminal, it is merely a thread that connects the living to their ancestors. Drawing on Qudus Onikeku’s roots of Yoruba cultural traditions, Re:INCARNATION revives body memory and celebrates Africa’s ability to reinvent itself in a collective rebirth.
A passionate journey of initiation and catharsis. Ten young dancers and two musicians enact this cycle of life with explosive energy. Steeped in local Nigerian Afrobeats as well as dancehall, hip-hop, and funky house, they trace life’s passages with exuberance and elan. Re:INCARNATION is an epic, an ode to the expressive bounty of Nigeria, to which the performers contribute their individual signatures.
Tickets $40; $35 for PS21 members (ticketing fee waived). $10 tickets available for students, youth, and educators!
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