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November 16: “Episodes of Haiti” presented by KaNu Dance Theater

11.07.13

KaNu Nov 13KaNu Dance Theater presents Episodes of Haiti, a 3-section full-length production about Haiti’s culture, history, and present-day situations through exciting collaborations of modern dance, traditional Haitian folklore, poetry, and live music. Choreographed by Jessica St. Vil.

Featuring Special Guest Artists: Buyu Ambroise, Michele Voltaire Marcelin, Earthman Experience and Julio Jean.  The company will premiere its latest work “Above the Water” which portrays the spirit of Haiti’s boat people.

It promises to be an AMAZING, FUN-FILLED, EDUCATIONAL, CREATIVE and INSPIRATIONAL experience. IT WILL BE AN EVENING TO REMEMBER!

DATE/TIME: Saturday, November 16th / 7:30pm
LOCATION: Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY 11432 Map
ADMISSION: $15 in advance / $20 at the door

To purchase tickets, please:

– Visit the Jamaica Performing Arts Center Box Office at 153-10 Jamaica Avenue,Tuesday through Friday, 10am-5pm
– Purchase ticekts online at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9832896 or by going directly onto the JPAC webisite: http://www.jamaica-performingartscenter.org/
– You can also request to have tickets delivered to your location. Contact Jessica at (718) 986-7142 or via email at kanudancetheater@yahoo.com or Patrick Ulysse at (917)749-9242 to purchase your tickets in advance for $15

For more info visit the official Episodes of Haiti page.

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October 11: Poésie et chansons vivantes d’Haïti

10.02.13

Poésie et chansons vivantes d’Haïti
Pwezi ak chanson vivan ann Ayiti
Living poetry and songs of Haiti

A cultural presentation by Trilingual Press Release
and presentation of multiple authors’ new books and music by Idi from his upcoming album.

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September 20: Janjak Desalin’s 255th Birthday Celebration

09.18.13

Janjak Desalin was born on September 20th, 1758. Join Lakou NY for this celebration of our liberator, the father of our nation, Janjak Desalin. Bring your children and learn about the proud heritage & the strong blood that runs through our Haitian veins.desalin b day

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Archive: Kont ak Mizik Anba Tonèl: Ochan pou Mimi Barthélémy

09.09.13

Kont ak Mizik castThe finale of the 2013 Mizik Ayiti! Summer Concert Series on August 24th at FiveMyles Gallery was a bittersweet evening under the Brooklyn stars. Directly following the opening reception of Haitians from the Diaspora: Creativity & Focus, the audience made their way outside. As the sun began to slip behind the clouds, the lights came on casting red and purple shadows that cloaked the stage in mysterious colors of tales yet told.

Kont ak Mizik Anba Tonèl: Ochan pou Mimi Barthélémy offered up Haitian folktales and songs in tribute to the late Haitian folklorist. Born May 3, 1939 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Mimi Barthélémy studied in France where she received a doctorate in dramatic studies. As a storyteller, actress, writer and director, Mimi lived abroad and performed in countless festivals and book affairs including the Suburban Blues Festival, the Caribbean Identity Festival at the Odeon, and the Conciergerie aux Rencontres Internationales du Conte.

Mimi’s journey began in 1979 where she worked with the Honduran Garifuna community to create a show in aimed at reclaiming their forgotten history. Mimi told her stories in French and Creole, performing either alone or with musicians in cultural centers, libraries, apartments, prisons and hospitals.

Throughout her theatrical career, Mimi received numerous honors including the Arletty Universality of the French Language and several national awards of France including the National Order of Merit, the Order of Arts and Letters and the Legion of Honor.

After selected recordings of Mimi Barthélémy, HCX Executive Director Régine M. Roumain gave a moving introduction to the evening’s performances. [Transcribed below]

“KRIK! [Audience responds ‘KRAK!’]

Tonight, we honor the work of the late Mimi Barthélémy who passed on April 27, 2013. We share her stories, her songs, her laughter, and her desire to ensure that Haitian oral traditions are kept alive.

Mimi worked and lived in Paris, France but traveled the world to share Haitian folktales. Through numerous books and CDs including Haïti Conte, Dis-moi des Chanson d’Haïti, La Reine des Poissons & Contes d’Haïti, as well as her most recent theatrical release Koute Chante, Mimi enthralled audiences with her voice, her wit, and her passion.

I had the opportunity to sit with Mimi in her beautiful home in Paris when HCX was founding out Krik ? Krak ! program fpr children. She was so full of anedotes about growing up in Haiti, witnessing the earthquake, her family… we spoke for hours. I left her home with a suitcase full of books and music and have greatly enjoyed sharing them with my two daughters and the great number of childrenand families who have participated in our Krik ? Krak ! Program over the years. I thank Mimi deeply for providing us with such treasures.

Her good friend and collaborator, Muriel Bloch, had this to say in an article recently published in French – « Tu restes au cœur de tant d’amis, grands et petits, a’ailleurs et d’ici. Mimi la Reine des conteuses, diva de la vie, Femme-Cararaïbe ardent et baroque, à tour épique et droilatique oscillant souvent entre le mervilleux et le tragique, femme tonnerre et femme tendresse » Mimi, you remain in the heart of so many friends, big and small– from near and far. Mimi the Queen of Storytelling, dive of life.

This evening, we bring you storytelling in Kreyol and Englush, as translated with care by my mother Maryse Roumain with performance by Melissa Beauvery, Jennifer Celestin, Atibon Legba, and Laura Simms and music by Riva Précil and Jean Mary Brignol. Tonight we bring you Mimi Barthélémy. Ochan pou Mimi.”

Following opening remarks, the talented traditional drummer Jean Mary Brignol performed a moving tribute. Kont ak Mizik then presented a series of folktales and songs that were captured from works and infamous renditions by Mimi including “Ti Fi & the Key to Knowledge” which was performed by Melissa Beauvery, “The Lady & the Three Beans” performed by Jennifer Celestin and Laura Simms, and “Bouki Dances the Kokioko” as performed by Atibon Legba and Jean Mary Brignol. The stories were followed by a special set of folk songs with Riva Nyri Précil and Jean Mary Brignol which had the audience dancing and singing along.

The audience departed into the cool evening night with a spark in their eye of memory, magic, imagination set wild in a world of selfish blubbering frogs, water spirit, talking fires, and the unfortunate sufferings of silly Bouki.

Mimi, èske ou te koute?

Mizik Ayiti! Summer Concert Series and Kont ak Mizik Anba Tonèl: Ochan pou Mimi Barthélémy could not have been possible without the contributions of our talented artists, supportive community members, and generous donors. Thank you.

A special thank you to these sponsors:

 

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The 2013 Mizik Ayiti! Summer Concert Series is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

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