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The City of Others

Through the lens of Afro-Colombian dance and drumming, and shared digitally in a high-quality video recording, The City of Others explores racism and social disparity in Colombia, a country home to Latin America’s second largest population of people of African descent. When Sankofa Danzafro’s in-person North American tour had to be canceled, the dancers and musicians came together in Medellín, Colombia for the first time in months to perform and capture their most renowned work. Based on company founder Rafael Palacios’ own experiences, The City of Others calls for the city to be a place of coexistence—a place for everyone, not only the few. The stirring work of dance theater features dance styles including capoeira, contemporary dance, and hip-hop, and is set to live drumming and song. “We dance, more than to be seen, to be heard,” Sankofa Danzafro’s motto proclaims and the company is making a name for itself in the realm of dance and social change. The company has performed throughout the world and was called “[a] revelation” by The New York Times after the company’s premiere in New York.

Sankofa Danzafro will be working very closely with Mason School of Dance students throughout the spring semester on the Black Voices project, an original dance film event, which will be screened May 7 at 7:30 p.m. 

$15-$45, Pay-What-You-Wish in $5 increments

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  • Access Passes are available for purchase until 5 p.m. Eastern Time on February 6 and may be used to view the performance between February 6 at 8 p.m. and February 13 at 11:59 p.m.
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Free Tickets for Mason Students
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Exclusive for Friends and Subscribers
Before the event at 7:15 p.m., Subscribers from the 19-20 season as well as current Friends of the Center for the Arts ($150+) and Friends of the Hylton Center ($150+) are invited to an exclusive Artists in Conversation. Details for how to join the conversation will be emailed prior to the performance. Interested in special benefits such as these? Become a Friend.