Sankofa Danzafro (Arts / Theatre)


Meaning "to return to the root," Sankofa is an African philosophy that proposes the past is a keyhold through which to view the present and consider the future. Using poetic movement to explore social and cultural narratives related to its home country of Colombia, the contemporary dance company is dedicated to training and creation in dance and has sought to build a bridge between Afro-Colombian peoples and the African continent. Sankofa's works are 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 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.

Sankofa Danzafro was founded in 1997 by Rafael Palacios, a choreographer and Colombian dancer dedicated to the exploration of Afro-traditional, contemporary, and urban dance languages.


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