The University of Iowa
Dance

Step Afrika! Virtual Premiere: STONO

Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 7:00 pm
Free


We are grateful to everyone who joined us for the world premiere of Step Afrika!’s Stono on September 9—and we’re excited to announce that you can still watch this powerful, timely performance until 10:59 pm CDT on Wednesday, September 16. Stono is followed by a robust panel discussion that includes Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague.
 


How to watch Stono:

On computer or mobile device:
You can watch Stono by clicking the video preview above, or on either of these platforms:


How to watch on a large screen:

Smart TV
The easiest way to access the performance on a Smart TV is to navigate to Step Afrika’s YouTube channel through your TV’s YouTube App. https://www.YouTube.com/user/StepAfrikaInfo We recommend searching for the channel on your YouTube account and subscribing beforehand. That way you can easily access the channel and find the Stono performance as it premieres (it will be the video with the red “live now” notification on it).

Cast your device
It is also possible to cast your mobile device to watch the performance on a Smart TV. The instructions for casting vary depending on your particular devices. Here are instructions for Chromecast, Apple TV, and Samsung Smart View

Through HDMI
For users without a Smart TV or YouTube App on your Smart TV, you can connect a laptop using an HDMI cable. Plug one end of the cable to the laptop, and the other to an open slot on your TV, make note of what number is associated with that slot. Using the remote control or buttons on the TV, press the input button to navigate to the input you have selected.


On September 9, 1739, the largest insurrection of enslaved Africans in North America began in South Carolina on the banks of the Stono River. Twenty Africans marched south toward a promised freedom in Spanish Florida, waving flags, beating drums, and shouting “Liberty!”

Step Afrika! commemorates this moment in American history and the 281st Anniversary of the Stono Rebellion with the world premiere of Stono.

The 30-minute premiere is followed by a panel discussion about the work itself, the history behind it, and the ongoing work for social justice. Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague was among the panelists to provide his perspective.

 

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague
Moderator Lesli Foster (Evening Anchor, WUSA)
C. Brian Williams (Founder and Executive Director, Step Afrika!)
Dr. Aimee Meredith Cox (Associate Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies, Yale University)
Kendall Thomas (Nash Professor of Law, Columbia University Law School)

 

The panel was be moderated by Lesli Foster (Evening Anchor, WUSA)  and included C. Brian Williams (Founder and Executive Director, Step Afrika!); Dr. Aimee Meredith Cox (Associate Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies, Yale University); and Kendall Thomas (Nash Professor of Law, Columbia University Law School).

Hancher is honored to be the lead commissioner of Stono, which launches an extended collaboration with Step Afrika! that will include a variety of online projects and culminate in a performance of Drumfolk at Hancher Auditorium in 2021.
 

Artist website
 

C. Brian Williams, founder of Step Afrika! invites you to join us online for Stono.