The Sankofa Residency


The Sankofa Residency is a multi-phase project rooted in the history of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and an Afrofuturist imagining of Bed-Stuy moving forward. Inspired by the Ghanian concept of Sankofa—looking backward in order to move forward—artist Kendra J. Ross and community members will use research, oral history, and collaborative imagining to facilitate a plan for local residents, businesses, and stakeholders to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic in a place of healing, thriving, and progress. The project will culminate in a series of interdisciplinary, immersive dance experiences, taking place on site at local partnering businesses and organizations. The performance experience will transform the space into a living gallery of the past, present, and future of the site, situated in the context of the journey of Bed-Stuy.

Meet the Artist

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Kendra J. Ross

Kendra J. Ross is a proud Detroit native working as a dancer, choreographer, facilitator, and community organizer in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. As a dancer, Kendra has worked with Urban Bush Women, Andrea E. Woods/Souloworks, Ase Dance Theater Collective, Monstah Black/Motion Sickness, MBDance, Melanie Green, and as a guest artist with Oyu Oro. Kendra is currently a company member of Movement of the People Dance Company and Moving Spirits.