UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Michael Mwenso, musical artist and group leader of step-dance group The Shakes, will continue his “Meeting the Moment” livestream series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, by speaking with Step Afrika! executive director C. Brian Williams.
In 1994, Williams founded Washington, D.C.-based Step Afrika!, the country’s first professional step dance troupe. He has performed and taught all over the world, and he is also a founder of the historic Step Afrika! International Cultural Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa.
To introduce the webisode, Williams will debut “No Justice, No Peace,” a new work by Step Afrika! co-commissioned by the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State and the Major University Presenters consortium.
The virtual program will be broadcast via the Zoom video app, and questions will be taken in real time from audience members. Visit “Meeting the Moment” for more information.
Contributions from the members of the Center for the Performing Arts and a grant from the University Park Student Fee Board help make the program free of charge. The Meghan R. Mason Program Endowment and Richard Robert Brown Program Endowment provide support for “Meeting the Moment.” Don and Mary Ellen Fisher provide lead support for the co-commission. The Debra Lee Latta and Dr. Stanley E. Latta Endowment, along with Susan and Lewis Steinberg, provide additional support.
The program is part of the center’s “Up Close and Virtual” fall season. “Meeting the Moment with Michael Mwenso” also is the keystone event of the center’s Fierce Urgency Festival, the center’s commitment to celebrating Black artists and sharing their stories. Read more about the festival.