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Selebrasyon! | Jean Appolon Expressions & Kanu Dance Theater : Saturday, May 21st & Sunday, May 22nd

04.20.16

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In collaboration with Harlem School of the Arts, Haiti Cultural Exchange presents the New York Premiere of Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE) with a special performance of ANGAJE.

Exploring themes of injustice, inequality and homophobia in the context of contemporary Haiti, Angaje is a series of interconnected dances created by Appolon for his company of seven dancers. Angaje will be set to music by Haitian legend Toto Bissainthe.

Based in Boston and directed by Jean Appolon, JAE’s Haitian contemporary dance company combines Modern technique and Haitian folkloric dance to bring a new artistic vernacular to its audiences. With its dynamic repertoire, JAE educates audiences about Haitian culture, traditions, history and current issues.

Kanu Dance Theater will present “She is a Potomitan” (a tribute to Vivianne Gauthier), originally choreographed by Maxine Montilus in memory of Paulette Poujol Oriol.

Kanu is an abbreviation for “Ka Pa Nou” in Haitian-Kreyòl which means “Our Situation.” The company began performing in 2003 and has performed at Brooklyn Museum, Barnard College, Columbia University, St. Francis College, Henry Street Settlement Theater, and more!

Click here to learn more about Selebrasyon! 2016.

DATE/TIME: May 21st at 7pm | May 22nd at 2pm
LOCATION: Harlem School of the Arts | MAP
645 St Nicholas Ave | New York, NY 10030
ADMISSION: $20 in Advance | $25 at Door
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Selebrasyon! | Haitian Flag Day : Wednesday, May 18th

04.20.16

Flag Day 2016 (3)

Join us as we celebrate Haitian Flag Day at Shapeshifter Lab featuring Gashford Guillaume & Creole Fusion Ensemble, Anie Alerte, & Baz Twoubadou. Presented in collaboration with Council Members Jumaane Williams & Brad Lander.

About the artists:

Gashford Guillaume

Gashford Guillaume & Creole Fusion Ensemble

Gashford Guillaume lives in a legacy of music. A music maker for over twenty years, his finely tuned drumming and song writing style has opened a new chapter in world music – a style that fuses traditional Haitian rhythms with the smooth, syncopated beats of one of the world’s most beloved art forms: Jazz. He is currently a member and co-founder of “Mozayik” which is an Afro-Haitian jazz ensemble based in NYC and “Creole Fusion Ensemble”, a band that allows him to further express his musical influences and style.

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Anie Alerte

Anie Alerte

Singer Anie Alert Joseph, was born in Haiti and made her musical debut at the age of 6 in the Adventist Church. She has participated and gained recognition at numerous talent arenas throughout the Caribbean such as Digicel Stars, for which she won 2nd place. She has worked with many musical legends such as Fabrice Rouzier, Emeline Michel, and James Germain. She is currently recording an album, not yet titled. Her first single is expected out in spring 2016.

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Baz Troubadou

Baz Twoubadou

Baz Twoubadou is a NYC & Connecticut based Haitian band. Twoubadou is a style of Haitian music that uses acoustic instruments such as acoustic guitar, accordion, tanbou (Haitian drum), tcha tcha (maracas), Maniba (large lamellophone) and scrapper. Its sound is a combination of guajiro traditions of Cuba and the Haitian Meringue. Baz Twoubadou blends the traditional sounds of twoubadou with modern instruments and arrangements.

Click here to learn more about Selebrasyon! 2016.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, May 18th | 6 – 10pm
LOCATION: ShapeshifterLab | MAP
18 Whitwell Place | Brooklyn, NY 11215

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Selebrasyon! | FiveMyles PLUS Space : Thursday, May 12th – Saturday, June 4th

04.20.16

Selebrasyon ArtShow_Nathalie

 

HCX pop-up exhibit at FiveMyles Gallery featuring Natalie Jolivert & Mahalia Stines.

Nathalie Jolivert

Nathalie Jolivert PaintingNathalie Jolivert is an architect and artist based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and trained at the Rhode Island School of Design. In her architectural practice, Nathalie is interested in design solutions that value tradition, material history, culture and community involvement. Growing up in Haiti, a developing country with a rich yet complex culture, Nathalie realizes the importance of innovation in finding answers. Nathalie’s design process is often inspired by local stories which she incorporates throughout her projects.

Mahalia Stines

Mahalia Stines veveMahalia is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer based in Brooklyn, NY. She draws her inspiration from her homeland of Haiti and calls her work “Brooklyn meets the Tropics”. Her favorite source of inspiration are the Haitian vèvè, ritual diagrams associated with Haitian vodou that are used by many artists in everything from paintings to beaded flags to home decor items. Mahalia takes great pleasure in creating and designing pieces that can turn into something wearable.

 

Click here to learn more about Selebrasyon! 2016.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, May 12th – Saturday, June 4th
OPENING: Thursday, May 12th | 6pm
LOCATION: FiveMyles Gallery | MAP
558 St. John’s Place | Brooklyn, NY 11238

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Selebrasyon! | Haitian Creatives Series : Wednesday, May 11th

04.20.16

Created by New York-based artist, Richard Louissaint, the Haitian Creatives Series is an ongoing video and photo documentary project. It first began as a long term project to document fusion band Zing Experience in 2010, but as a result of his developing friendship with the Zing, he began to meet a new community of Haitian creatives.  This is about them… the musicians, the painters, the radio hosts, the actors, the singers and all the other creators. Film screening in collaboration with Weeksville Heritage Center. 

Click here to view the Selebrasyon! 2016 calendar of events!

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, May 11th | 6-8pm
LOCATION: Weeksville Heritage Center | MAP
158 Buffalo Ave | Brooklyn, NY 11213
ADMISSION: $10
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About Richard Louissaint:

Born in Montreal, Quebec to two loving Haitian parents, the Louissaint family migrated to New York City when Richard was very young. Growing up in Queens, he was exposed to a wide spectrum of the Caribbean diaspora while being very influenced by the African-American experience.

Before becoming a photographer, Richard was music journalist for Vibe Magazine, The Source, and other publications. His editorial work and portraiture have been published in Wax Poetic Magazine, MTV and the New York Times, and has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, The International Center of Photography’s Rita K. Hillman Education Gallery, and Brooklyn Borough Hall. He has also enthusiastically expanded into video work, shooting music videos, mini-documentaries and profiles.

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