This unique project is setting the performance world abuzz for bringing together African and African-American dance companies—one all-male and one all-female—and two powerhouse female choreographers. Germaine Acogny, hailed as the “mother of contemporary African dance,” explores the role of community in forming identity with Brooklyn-based, BESSIE Award–winning choreographer, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, of Urban Bush Women. Acogny’s all-male troupe, Jant-Bi, performed Fagaala at YBCA in 2005 to widespread acclaim. Urban Bush Women has, since 1984, brought the stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance inspired by African-American traditions. Don’t miss the San Francisco premiere of Beauty of Little Things, in which artists from Africa collaborate with the children of the Diaspora on a work that explores the crossroads between culture and ethnicity, history and modernity.