DANCE THEATRE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
Continuing Authentic Service...
In 2020, The Kandake went virtual and began to offer free 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 diverse experiences of marginalization on Eastern and Western landscapes and takes a critical look at the prison-industrial complex.
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 serves as commentary on all "Western" culture and is a reminder that real-world threat of fascism looms even as the borders of reality fade. (1st Place Winner in the Scriptwriting Category of the 90th Annual Writers' Digest Competition.)
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 were dark across the US so we began to convert full or partial scripts into graphic novels. 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!