Sankofa Danzafro, "La Ciudad de los Otros" ("The City of Others")

February 03, 2021, 7:00 PM

Modlin Center for the Arts

Virtual Event | Free

“The evening’s revelation was Sankofa’s La Ciudad de los Otros (The City of Others), an episodic work about urban struggle and resilience combining elements of hip-hop and Afro-Colombian dance.”  —New York Times 

Exploring the racial undercurrents of Colombia, a country home to Latin America's second largest population of people of African descent, Sankofa Danzafro’s La Ciudad de los Otros(The City of Others) reaches deep into the experiences of their community to create a vibrant new work of dance theatre. The intersection of capoeira, Latin and African dance, hip-hop, live drumming and singing tell the powerful story young Afro-Colombians who are struggling to combat Colombia’s historical legacy of slavery and racism. The work confronts the reality of marginalized communities marked by ethnic discrimination and social inequality for generations. The City of Others demands the city be a place of coexistence; a place for everybody, not only the few.   

In connection with Black History Month, Rafael Palacios, artistic director of Sankofa Danzafro, and Alicia Díaz, associate professor of dance, will host a live, in-depth conversation following the performance. Palacios and Díaz will discuss the creation process and how the company uses movement and music to explore issues of race, gender, tradition, and culture.  

Founded by Rafael Palacios in 1997, SankofaDanzafro embodies the meaning of the word Sankofa, an African philosophy that the past is a keyhole through which a view to the present and to consider the future. 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 SanPachoBlessed!.The company also received mention from the United Nations for its project Steps in the Earth, which was developed with the dance communities in the Pacific regions of Chocó,Urabá, and San Andrés and Providencia islands. 

Each ticket also provides on-demand access to the broadcast after the performance.  

This performance is made possible with generous support from the Clinton Webb Fund for the Arts. 


Virtual Salsa Choque Workshop 

An extremely popular Afro-Colombian urban dance form based on Salsa dance in dialogue with the hip hop universe. Date and time TBA 


Learn more about Sankofa Danzafro 

The City of Others trailer 

Documentary of Rafael's and Sankofa's journey and The City of Others (with English subtitles) 

Press Articles, including "Dance has given me the courage to be black without the feeling of inferiority."