BLACK VOICES BOSTON: Our stories, in words and movement.
BLACK VOICES BOSTON is a storytelling and movement project based on experiences of individuals from Boston’s Black communities. 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.
Rafael Palacios, Sankofa Danzafro, and Celebrity Series invite Boston-area residents who identify as Black to join them in the creation of BLACK VOICES BOSTON. Applicants will submit personal stories as part of an open application process in October 2020. Seven finalists will be selected by a committee of local artists, educators, and community leaders, and invited to participate in one-on-one online workshops with Rafael (who will be joined by an assistant and, if needed, a translator) to create short, self-made movement sequences that reflect their personal stories.
Palacios will guide participants through a process to translate the emotion and meaning of their personal stories into choreographed movement. The resulting movements will be filmed for viewing in an online public showcase December 6, that will illustrate the conversations and reflections of Boston’s Black communities.