Black Voices Boston Showcase

Our Stories in Words and Movement

BLACK VOICES BOSTON was a storytelling and movement project featuring seven short works co-created by Afro-Colombian choreographer Rafael Palacios based on personal stories from seven individuals from Boston’s Black communities. This virtual showcase premiered those works on December 6, 2020 and was available for viewing through June 30, 20201.

With a process created by Rafael Palacios -- Artistic Director of Afro-Colombian dance company Sankofa Danzafro -- to keep his artists engaged during COVID-19 lockdowns, and to honor personal stories inspired by racial justice movements around the world, BLACK VOICES tapped company members’ ancestral roots to create works that connected stories of Afro-Colombian peoples to those of the African continent and its Diaspora.

Commissioned here by Celebrity Series of Boston, BLACK VOICES begins an international journey to create a body of work anchored by words and motion, and built on ideals of social bonding, personal growth, and the positioning of local cultures in global dynamics.

The points of view contained in these stories are those of the performers and not necessarily those of the Celebrity Series or its sponsors.

This project is generously sponsored by



and 2020/21 Dance Series sponsors STEPHANIE L. BROWN FOUNDATION, CYNTHIA & JOHN S. REED FOUNDATION, and ROYAL LITTLE FAMILY FOUNDATION.

Support for this project is provided by the BARR FOUNDATION and its ArtsAmplified initiative and by the National Endowment for the Arts through its CARES Act funds.