At the 

Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre

Presents the 

Long Awaited Return of STEP AFRIKA! 




Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116 


October 05, 2022 through October 16, 2022

(Contact Box Office for Exact Times) 

Tickets from $25

Tickets: 617-824-8400 or

ArtsEmerson, Boston’s leading presenter of contemporary world theater and film and the professional presenting and producing organization of Emerson College, is honored to bring Step Afrika! back to Boston. 

The company’s newest work, DRUMFOLK, will open ArtsEmerson’s season with two weeks of performances from at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre. 

DRUMFOLK will mark the third time the Boston arts organization has hosted Step Afrika! (Step Afrika! in November 2013, and The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence in May 2018).

DRUMFOLK is inspired by The Stono Rebellion of 1739, an uprising initiated by 20 enslaved Africans who used their drums to start a revolt in South Carolina. 

The rebellion was suppressed, and the Negro Act of 1740 took away the rights to assemble, read and use drums from the African people. 

(Photo: Step Afrika! performers performing DRUMFOLK. Photo Credit: Rachel Papo)

The production takes audiences on a journey from the then-colony of South Carolina in the 17th century to the present-day, where the instrument has shaped new art forms like hip hop and African American social dance. 

DRUMFOLK is a percussive celebration of American history, placing a spotlight on the rhythmic cycle of life that bonds all of us together.

Through music, stepping, and ring shouts, the remarkable performers of Step Afrika! recreate histories too often left in the margins, and achieve a musical and movement-filled celebration of the human spirit that is perfect for entire families to share together. 


Proof of vaccination or a negative test is required for entry

Recommended for All Ages

Approximately 105 minutes with a 15-minute intermission 


ArtsEmerson is Emerson College’s professional presenting and producing organization. As part of an institution that believes in fostering creativity, passion, excellence, and inclusivity, we are using art to bring the world to Boston, and to bring Boston together.


Emerson Paramount Center 

559 Washington Street 

Boston, MA 02111