DANCE THEATRE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
Continuing Authentic Service...
In 2020 and beyond, The Kandake has offered entirely free and virtual services such as dance classes,
artist and community support groups, micro grants, anti-racist resources, protest safety tips, fundraiser performances, community and movement-building donations, and more. Subscribe to our newsletter for information about upcoming offerings.
1001 Nights: Love Stories on Death Row (A Rock Opera)
Scheherazade is no longer a Queen staving off execution by her cruel husband but an immigrant woman condemned to death by the American criminal justice system. 1001 Nights... is a multicultural feast for the senses accentuated by original Hip Hop, Rock, and World Music. The show explores women's issues on Eastern and Western landscapes and takes a critical look at the prison-industrial complex. (In review for commission Off-Broadway for the 2nd time.)
Trickster-storyteller, Enitan, guides you through an immersive neo-folktale that observes what happens when corporate greed threatens a small Afro-Indigenous community in Brazil. Jaguar Woman explores the roles that outsiders, including the audience, can play and serves as commentary on all "Western" culture—including that of the USA—a reminder that real-world injustices loom even as the borders of reality fade. (In review for commission Off-Broadway.)
The Art of War and Hip Hop
The Art of War and Hip Hop draws heavily from world folklore, especially Chinese mythology, and pays homage to the unique intersections that can be found between imported martial arts movies from the '70s and '80s, Eastern pop culture, and American Hip Hop culture. Experience exciting approaches to post-covid theater as well as pressing social issues such as xenophobia, colorism, anti-Blackness, imperialism, tradition, and more among different communities of color and beyond.
Thanks to Covid-19, theaters are dark across the US so we're converting full or partial scripts into graphic novels for you to enjoy until you can be back in the audience. We hope to accentuate some projects with music from collaborative artists.
Be sure to subscribe to the newsletter and visit this website regularly for updates about the illustrated versions of the plays listed above. You can support this initiative by donating via the "Donate" button at the top of this screen!
Art in the Time of Covid-19
In this exclusive Broadway World interview series, Olga explores the many ways in which artists have continued to create and inspire in 2020 and beyond. Share in these stories of challenge and triumph here.
If you work in a performing arts field (music, theatre, dance, etc.) and you'd like to be featured in this series please feel free to reach out to Olga at