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HaitiDansCo Dance Workshop and Performance of "Seeking: In Search of Water"

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HaitiDansCo Dance Workshop and Performance of "Seeking: In Search of Water"
Sunday, September 29

Dance Workshop 1:00-1:45, 35 People Max, registration forthcoming
Performance 2:00-3:00, SOLD OUT, limited walk-in seating available first come first served

Dance Workshop - 1:00-1:45
In this class you will learn social and religious dances including petro, Ibo, Congo, Banda, Gede, Rada,Nago and Djouba to name a few be prepared to dance strongly and subtly. Be prepared to move the hips, undulate the back, roll the shoulders and bend the knees to live drumming. Dances are done barefoot and women should bring long, full Caribbean style skirts if they have them. No experience or age requirement. This is an all ages community workshop. Wear comfortable workout clothes.

Performance of “Seeking: In Search of Water” - 2:00-3:00
HaitiDansCo creates a powerful and touching piece in response to the ongoing drought crisis in Haiti. One million people have been affected by drought since the beginning of 2015 as a result of climate change with the conditions exasperated by deforestation. The company masterfully weaves Haitian-folkloric and contemporary dance using the vodou spirit Loko, healer and protector of trees to remind us that Haitian spirituality and culture has always centered around nature. The wisdom of conservation is embedded in the culture, in the people.

This program is produced and presented by Links Hall in partnership with Experimental Station and made possible through the support of the MacArthur International Connections Fund. Part of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival.

For more information, contact marieacasimir@gmail.com. Here is the Facebook Event Page.

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COMPANY BIO:
Founded in 2013 by choreographer Dieufel Lamisere, HaitiDansCo is a dance company based in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. The company focuses on a uniquely Haitian contemporary style, a fusion of Haitian folkloric dance with classical ballet, modern and jazz. After teaching and performing in the Dominican Republic, Mr. Lamisere returned to Haiti following the catastrophic earthquake, to create opportunities for children, young people and adults to celebrate Haitian culture through dance through the professional dance company HaitiDansCo and its education and outreach arm Dance To Save Lives.

Today HaitiDansCo is one of the few Haiti-based professional dance companies consistently performing a repertoire representative of Haitian culture.

Artistic Director & Choreographer: Dieufel Lamisere
Dancers: James Joseph, Job Jouissance, Robenson Mathurin, Mitielo Trazil, Amandine Saint-Martin
Drummers: Rodrigue Jean-Baptiste, Fritzner Dauphin, Nèg Mawon

HaitiDansCo has performed extensively throughout Haiti and the Dominican Republic including evening-length performances in Haiti at Centre Convention de Jacmel, Fosaj (Jacmel), Espace Lard 75 (Port-au-Prince), Carifesta XII (Port-au-Prince), Casa de Teatro Calle Arzobispo (Santo Domingo, DR), Academia Balleteatro Dominicano (Santo Domingo, DR) and in a shared evening of dance with Balleteatro Dominicano to inaugurate HaitiDansCo’s new center in Cap-Haitien. HaitiDansCo and Mr. Lamisere have been featured in Haiti’s premiere daily newspaper Le Nouvelliste, BBC News, diaspora news site Haitian Times, and Casa de Campo Living in DR.

Artistic Director Dieufel Lamisere was born and raised in Petionville, Haiti. He trained in Haitian folkloric dance by Odette Wiener, founder and artistic director of the famous Ballet Bacoulou, and in ballet, jazz and modern with Nathalie Trouillot at Regine Mont-Rozier Trouillot Dance school. Mr. Lamisere has danced with La Compagnie des Jeunes de la Danse, Ballet Folklorique d’Haiti, Grand Ballet Haiti, Les Grand Ballets of Canada, Ethnic Dance Company and was the founder and artistic director of Capoise Dance. In connection to his work with HaitiDansCo and creating international cultural exchanges, Mr. Lamisere has been recognized by the Minister of Culture of the Dominican Republic, El Ballet Folklorico Nacional Dominicano and La Direccion General de Ballas Artes in 2017. In 2019, he was recognized by the Secretary of Culture of the state of Bahia, Brazil for his contributions in educating young Brazilian dance students in Haitian folkloric dance.