For Immediate Release
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Celebrity Series of Boston
Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director
Sankofa Danzafro, The City of Others
November 3 & 4, 2018 — NEC’s Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre
(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present Sankofa Danzafro, The City of Others, on November 3 & 4, 2018, at NEC’s Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre, 255 St. Botolph Street, Boston, MA. The performances will take place on Saturday, November 3 at 8pm and Sunday, November 4 at 3pm. These performances are sponsored in part by the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation; Jann E. Leeming & Arthur D. Little, Senior Trustees, Royal Little Family Foundation; the Cynthia & John S. Reed Foundation; and the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative.
Tickets are limited and start at $50; they are available online at www.celebrityseries.org or by calling (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
These performances mark the Celebrity Series debut for Sankofa Danzafro.
The City of Others examines issues of wealth, gender, sexual orientation, and lack of opportunity affecting minority communities in Colombia, and showcases powerful Afro-Colombian and Afro-contemporary dance with live drumming and singing.
The city in The City of Others is populated by people with diverse backgrounds from different places with varying cultures, and different ways to understand the world. These dissimilar people coexist in a limited space, and despite the forward march of progress, the city at times can become a place of discrimination, resulting in hostility and solitude.
The City of Others answers this discrimination by denouncing the lack of opportunities for minority communities and others being marginalized by society for wealth, gender, sexual orientation, who, for generations, have suffered social inequity. The City of Others demands the city be a place of coexistence; a place for everybody, not only the few.
“Sankofa”, meaning, “to return to the root”, is more than a word, it’s an African philosophy that proposes that the past is a keyhole through which to view the present, and to be able to consider the future. This thought has guided the Afro-Colombian Sankofa Danzafro, founded by Rafael Palacios in 1997, as a space dedicated to training and creation in dance.
Through various pedagogical projects and creative works, the Sankofa Danzafro has sought to build a bridge between Afro-Colombian peoples and the African continent. The company uses Afro-Colombian’s ancestral roots in the creation of works, which results in work that begin with the root of African dance yet develop through the framework of the daily, traditional, and contemporary. Sankofa’s works are a combination of poetic dance built on the ideas of social bonding, personal growth and the positioning of local cultures in the national dynamics.
The company has performed in Brazil, France, Peru, Spain, Jamaica, Burkina Faso, Canada, Uruguay, China, and the United States and has been awarded with the 2008 National Dance Award by the Ministry of Culture of Colombia for the work San Pacho…Blessed!. The company also received mention in 2010 from the United Nations for its Good Practice of Afro-Descendant Social Inclusion in Latin America, for the company’s project Steps in the Earth. Steps in the Earth was developed with the dance communities in the Pacific regions of Chocó, Urabá, and San Andrés and Providencia islands, in agreement with the 2008-2016 of the Ministry of Culture programs Training for Trainers and Danza Viva.
About Celebrity Series of Boston
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 80-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Marian Anderson, Emanuel Ax, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Béla Bartók, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Kirsten Flagstad, Renée Fleming, Dizzy Gillespie, Glenn Gould, Martha Graham, Herbie Hancock, Vladimir Horowitz, Diana Krall, Fritz Kreisler, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Ignace Paderewski, Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman, Leontyne Price, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Mstislav Rostropovich, Artur Rubenstein, Andrés Segovia, Igor Stravinsky, Arturo Toscanini, and many more.
Now presenting orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, contemporary dance, jazz, spoken word, and more, Celebrity Series believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its Arts for All! community programs, Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience – on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods – everywhere.
Celebrity Series of Boston is grateful to our 2018-19 Season Sponsors Amy & Joshua Boger, and to the many individuals, including Donna & Michael Egan and Eleanor & Frank Pao; corporations, foundations, and government agencies whose support helps fulfil our mission to present performing artists who inspire and enrich our community. Institutional supporters include the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative, Garbis and Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation, Boston Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, The Catered Affair, Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp., First Republic Bank, Foley & Lardner LLP, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, The Peabody Foundation, Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, Royal Little Family Foundation, Stifler Family Foundation, Tufts Health Plan, and many others.