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Maxine Lyle’s Step Show: The Musical

December 9, 2023 @ 8:00 pm

A dancer from Soul Step performs in a tradition of African dance and pecussive rhythm. Photo courtesy of Maxine Lyle
Soul Step

Maxine Lyle’s new work Step Show: The Musical showcases African American step dance and its role in Black college life, infusing body percussion with hip-hop, R&B, and soul. Partly developed at Mass MoCA in 2021, this intergenerational coming-of-age story takes a riveting ride through the world of step dance and its imprint on Black culture.

The characters usher the audience into the atmosphere of a traditional step show, inviting them to join in raucous verbal and rhythmic call and responses and tune their ears to heavy, bass-driven beats. STEP SHOW considers the stakes for self and community when the transference of a powerful oral and physical lineage is lost or interrupted in Black bodies and Black spaces. See this new work while still in development this fall.

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Date:
December 9, 2023
Time:
8:00 pm
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Event Location

Mass MoCA
1040 Mass MoCA Way
North Adams, MA
413.662.2111

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