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Mesye, Dam, la Sosyete, Krik? Krak! – By Keylah Mellon, HCX Communications & Outreach Intern

11.11.15

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The transmission of customs and beliefs is vital to the sustainability of a culture. Cultural activist Allenby Augustin, of Haiti based cultural organization Akoustik Prod, joined us for a week-long arts residency where he engaged a number of artists of the Haitian Diaspora and kids of our afterschool youth arts engagement program at PS 189 in the mission of his organization: the preservation and promotion of Haitian traditional arts. The workshops led to our exhilarating event, Bann Konte: a Rara Storytelling Procession.

On a beautiful fall afternoon, the Crown Heights community gathered to celebrate the Haitian tradition of oral storytelling, songs and games. The program began at FiveMyles Gallery with Djarara, the low rumbling of drums, and the calling of the Konè. The storytellers followed with chanting “Legba nan Bayè a”, accompanied by the musicians and a very enthusiastic crowd.

A woman in a bright red dress took center stage: “Mesye, dam, la sosyete, Krik? Krak! My name is Michèle and I have come here to tell you a little story.” After Michèle Voltaire Marcelin’s wonderful tale of Who Will be King in the Republic of Port-au-Prince (spoiler: Haiti Remained without a King), the festive atmosphere of Rara was only accentuated by the demonstration of traditional games including “Wòch Mache” (walking rock) and chants of “Ewa! Ewa!” The procession then left the HCX home base, parading down Eastern Parkway in the mists of joyful dancing and invigorating melodies towards the Brooklyn Public Library.

The crowd was led to the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza by an animated Gede-like figure dressed from head to toe in a purple outfit: Goussy Celestin, our second storyteller. She captivated us in her rendition of Mimi Barthelemy’s Ti Fou and the 7 Horn Monster. Allenby Augustin then led participants in a game of “Kash Kash Liben”, a hide and seek type of game where one person stealthily hides a rock amongst the players, while a designated player tries to figures out who has the object.

The last part of the procession headed to Berg’n where Schneider Laurent, Guy Guyt and Lovely Kermonde gave an expressive and intense performance reflecting on Haiti’s political, cultural and social situation, leaving us to ponder as Djarara swayed us with their last performance of the night.

Thank you to Allenby Augustin, Goussy Celestin, Schneider Laurent, Michèle Voltaire Marcelin, our funders! Tradition was the focus with HCX’s Bann Konte and we thank all who attended, came to support and helped take the streets of Crown Heights on Sunday, November 1st with traditional games, folktales and rara music.

Click here to see pictures from the event!

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Ti Atis – Youth Cultural Engagement. Bringing Haitian Culture to Children & Youth – by Jessica Tong, Programs & Outreach Coordinator 

08.25.15

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Ti Atis (Little Artists) is an in-school arts education program engaging youth of Haitian descent and their peers with Haitian history and heritage via the arts. The program gives young people ages 6-14 the tools to build an inclusive and culturally informed future as they learn about diverse art forms from professional Haitian artists. Our Youth Cultural Engagement programming consists of school-based and public offerings that increase appreciation of Haiti and its culture, promote positive cultural identity and self-image, facilitate cross-cultural dialogue, and cultivate an inclusive sense of community amongst young people.

This year, in partnership with Haitian Americans United for Progress (HAUP), HCX invited three artists to each create a 10-week arts residency which resulted in the following workshops: Creative Expression Through Movement with Maxine Montilus, Discovering the Music of the African Diaspora with Okai Fleurimont, and Community Mural Creation with Patrick Icart Pierre.   Over 60 students participated in these various workshops and were able to explore certain aspects of Haitian & Afro Diaspora culture while expressing their creativity through movement, painting, dance and music.

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Thanks to funding from Council Member Jumaane Williams administered by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, we were able to expand our Ti Atis program to P.S. 361 in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.

From April 14th – June 16th 2015, HCX implemented a 10-week pilot of Ti Atis programming at P.S. 361. The project was split into two sessions, Haitian Folkloric Dance/Movement and Storytelling and Songs of the Caribbean, and were taught to two separate assembly groups of second grade students for five weeks each. Both sessions were led by Riva Nyri Précil, a singer and dancer of Haitian descent who holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Therapy. Drummer Jean Marie Brignol assisted instruction of the Dance/Movement assemblies.

Additionally, we organized a number of workshops and assemblies in schools including at the Hewitt School with drummer Okai Fleurimont and Westbury Middle School with dancer Peniel Guerrier and his troupe.

We thank all of our Teaching Artists for their time and dedication.

If you would like these types of programs in your school or community, please contact regine@haiticulturalx.org

If you would like to be included in our online roster of teaching artists, please contact programs@haiticulturalx.org

Make a DONATION to our Youth Cultural Engagement programs and support the preservation of Haitian Culture & Heritage!

Read about the HCX Teaching Artists below:

Creative Expression Through Movement with Maxine Montilus

From October 7th to December 10th, HCX invited dancer Maxine Montilus to create a 10-week afterschool program at P.S. 189. With a B.F.A. in Modern Dance Performance from the University of the Arts, and an M.A. in Arts Management from City University London, her students had the opportunity to express themselves through the exploration of dance and written word. Through improvisational theater games, movement, and writing activities, students learned how to integrate choreography and poems/writings into a multi-disciplinary performance incorporating words, music and dance.  Some topics that were explored included identity, favorite things, and family.

Discovering the Music of the African Diaspora with Okai Fleurimont

From January 10th to March 18th, HCX invited musician Okai Fleurimont to create a 10-week afterschool program at P.S. 189. Okai has worked with many different community based organizations such as Hospital Audience Incorporate (HAI), WorldUp.org, and Hip Hop Saves Lives, teaching children how to write lyrics, produce a beat, and provides opportunities for youth to share their ideas and foster their creative development.  Students were taught how to play percussion instruments and given an introduction to the different African diaspora musical genres, learning the different rhythms and breaks and discovering how in depth music goes.  By giving students the knowledge of the history and struggle that influenced certain periods of time helps them better understand the music they listen to now.

Mural Creation with Patrick Icart Pierre

From March 20th to June 27th, HCX was happy to invite back Patrick Icart Pierre for a 10-week after school mural project at P.S. 189. Pierre has worked as an art teacher at the Harlem School of The Arts and currently works at M.S. 246 in Brooklyn New York, instilling his appreciation for art in the public school system. With the belief that murals give voice and presence to those communities and historical events often excluded in our society – women, people of color, gender issues, working class people, freedom fighters, etc. – participating students got a chance to understand that creating art is a way to go beyond the textbook and encourage everyone to get out into the community.  The completed mural incorporated local concerns, oral histories and photos, and other references, accessing the richness and wisdom of their communities, and students’ families.

Haitian Folkloric Dance and Movement with Riva Nyri Précil

From April 14th to June 16th, HCX invited musician Riva Nyri Précil for a 10-week, two session program for 2nd grade students at P.S. 361. With a degree in Music Therapy at Loyola University in New Orleans, and a completed Music Therapy internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan, she has had the opportunity to teach music, art and movement to a wide variety of populations in diverse settings. Focusing on exposing Second Grade students to traditional Haitian folkloric dance, Précil provided an introduction to Haiti’s oral history through storytelling and folk songs.  With the first five weeks focusing on Haitian folkloric dance and movement, students had the opportunity to learn basic dance elements with an invitation to participate in a short performance.  The last five weeks focused on storytelling & songs of the Caribbean, students learned traditional songs and learned lessons through stories that include a moral.  Students were also invited to participate in a short performance.

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June 20th & 21st: Kriye Bode 10 Years of Celebration

06.01.15

Kriye BodeKriye Bode is a term that signifies the call to participate, calling people together to dance, sing, drum, and rejoice in the energy of life, as a community. As the artistic founder of Kriye Bode, acclaimed choreographer Peniel Guerrier has dreamt of bringing this Haitian experience to the people of New York.

Join them on June 20th and June 21st for a weekend of Dance, Drum, and Celebration! Honoring household names such as:

 Carole Demesmin • Jeanguy Saintus • Mimerose Beaubrun • Jean Rene Delsoin
Lunise Morse • Eileen Herzog-Bazin • Emeline Michel • Yole Derose • Joelle Donatien
Danys “La Mora” Perez

Click here for more information!

Kriye Bode Dance Workshop
DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 20th | 11:30am – 4:30pm
LOCATION: Mark Morris Dance Center | 3 Lafayette Avenue | Brooklyn, NY 11217 | MAP
ADMISSION: For workshop tickets contact Peniel Guerrier at 347-432-8294
Or email kriyebode@gmail.com

PRICES: 
$75 – Workshop
$30 – Single Class
$15 – Non-Participant Observation Fee (for panel or classes)

Kriye Bode Concert
DATE/TIME: Sunday, June 21st | 6pm
LOCATION: Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at LIU Brooklyn
One University Plaza | Brooklyn, NY 11201 | MAP
(On Flatbush Avenue between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street)
ADMISSION: Click Here to purchase tickets.

 

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May 23rd: Tayno Production & Tonel Restaurant Present : Lets Celebrate Spring Flowers!

05.20.15

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Let’s celebrate Spring Flowers
Saturday, May 23rd
Special Guests include: Margareth, Riva Nyril Precil, Maryline, Sweetdine, Peniel, and Alegba

Visit the website for more information: www.Taynoradio.com

DATE/TIME: Saturday, May 23rd | 8pm – midnight
LOCATION: Tonel Restaurant and Lounge | 1236 Rogers Ave | Brooklyn NY, 11226
ADMISSION: $20
Book with Paypal by emailing Princeguetjens@gmail.com
Or call 718 578 5554 | 347 237 9425 | 718 552 6124

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