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SANKOFA Series: In the Spirit of Juneteenth with Artistic Director DeMar Walker
The first installment of the SANKOFA Series is here! Check out In The Spirit of Juneteenth with KTDC Artistic Director DeMar Walker.
From Our Founder Ferne Caulker
As the founder of Ko-Thi Dance Company, I am grateful, humbled, and sincerely overwhelmed with the tenacity, curiosity, respectfulness, and zeal with which our team has grown. They continue to reach back while setting their eyes on the future. In 2020, our country is having to deal with not only a pandemic, but also issues of systemic racism. At the core of this ongoing struggle continues to be our educational system and how we address the "true" history of America with all of its flaws and potential. How we reform, rebuild, and reconnect our relationships and definitions about what the idea of “America” truly means, and who does it include in its nest.
Ko-Thi’s SANKOFA 2020 project is imbedded with a celebration of our past, a 51 year legacy, initiated by its new generation of leadership. Using that lineage as their firm foundation on which to stand, Ko-Thi heralds in a revived respect for its legacy as a guiding force while making an audacious leap into the future.
The arts serve as our binder. It, along with a total revamping of our educational system, can become a means towards a meaningful inclusion of all cultures making it an amazing American experiment in social justice, hope, and freedom for all its citizens.
SANKOFA is the beginnings of a series of dialogues that Ko-Thi Dance Company hopes to create as we continue to contribute, inform, stimulate, educate, and preserve a rich cultural heritage.
I hope you enjoy the series.
Black Lives Matter!
As these uncertain times continue to highlight the role of the arts in facilitating social change, we are delighted to present the Sankofa virtual programming series, debuting June 19, 2020. The Sankofa series highlights current and former ensemble members as they discuss Ko-Thi’s role in their lives, focusing on the personal reflections of adult, Ton Ko-Thi, and alumni ensemble members and celebrating the artistic heritage and historic ties of legacy and mentorship within our beloved organization.
Founded in 1969, KTDC passionately preserves, teaches, documents, interprets, and performs dance and music rooted in the cultures of the African Diaspora and has continually diversified its programming to incorporate ongoing national, economic, and audience evolution without sacrificing the mission of inspiring our community to celebrate themselves and others through the present-day interpretation of ancient and contemporary African dance and music.
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