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Selebrasyon! :: Discussions & Workshops

05.05.14

An n’ Pale | Café Conversation with singer & author Mimerose “Manzè” Beaubrun

Boukman group photoJoin us for a conversation with Manzè Beaubrun, lead singer and co-founder of Boukman Eksperyans, about her new book Nan Domi: An Initiate’s Journey into Haitian Vodou, followed by a performance with Boukman Eksperyans. Known for their musical revolution, the Grammy-nominated group is a fusion of traditional Haitian and Caribbean rhythms with rock and reggae.

DATE / TIME: Friday, May 23rd, 2014 / 6 – 11pm. Discussion will begin at 7pm.
LOCATION: FiveMyles Gallery, 558 St Johns Place Brooklyn, NY 11238 Map
ADMISSION: Free. $10 suggested donation. Seating is limited, first come first serve.

 

Konpa Nite

Enjoy a discussion on the evolution of Konpa with your favorite musicians followed by an evening of dancing and the hottest Konpa tunes. Special invited guests include: Fanfan Tibot of Tabou Combo, Edy Brisseaux & Steve Desrosier.

DATE / TIME: Friday, June 6th, 2014 / 6pm – Midnight
LOCATION: Brasserie Creole, 22702 Linden Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11411 Map
ADMISSION: Free. $10 suggested donation.

 

Atis Angaje Forum

Artists of the “Atis Angaje” movement will discuss their experiences and political work during the Duvalier regime as well as the impact of art as a political tool in the Diaspora. With panelists Daniel Huttinot and Georges Vilson and video presentation by Lionel Legros. Co-presented with NYU’s Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies.

Daniel Huttinot is one of the founding members of Troupe Kouidor, a leftist performance art ensemble that utilized their craft to raise awareness of political issues under the Duvalier regime. Huttinot was also a political analyst on “L’Heure Haïtienne” from 1973 to 2000.

Lionel Legros is a Haitian journalist and directed the radio show “L’Heure Haïtienne” for over 20 years. His work documenting the experience of refugees from all over the world stands as a contribution to the voice of the displaced.

Georges Vilson is an archivist & musician who has worked to document Haitian folk and traditional music. His experience singing with well-known artist Manno Charlemagne links him to the early stages of a prolific movement of artists working to acknowledge and fortify Haiti’s cultural link to activism.

DATE / TIME: Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 / 6 – 9pm
LOCATION: King Juan Carlos the I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10003 Map
ADMISSION: FREE. $10 suggested donation.

 

Community Curated Project: Istwa Djakout Mwen (The History of My Djakout)

graciepassportLed by artist Gracie Xavier in honor of Haitian Heritage Month, Istwa Djakout Mwen and Collage Workshop will utilize found objects and collage to help participants share stories of their voyage to the United States.

Gracie Xavier is a Haitian visual artist from New York. She is currently receiving her MFA in Community Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. Learn more about Xavier’s work here.

DATE / TIME: Saturday, June 14th, 2014 / 1 – 3:30pm.
LOCATION: FiveMyles Gallery, 558 St Johns Place Brooklyn, NY 11238 Map
ADMISSION: Free. Workshop will accommodate 20 people, please arrive early to ensure your seat. First come first serve.

 

Evolution | Revolution : A Panel Discussion on Contemporary Haitian Dance

04_Cumbe_logo_lockupsPresented in collaboration with CUMBE: Center for African & Diasporan Dance, join HCX for a panel discussion with dancers Julio Jean & Goussy Célestin on the evolution of traditional & contemporary dance in Haiti and the Diaspora. Discussion will be followed by a participatory dance demonstration.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 14th, 2014 / 5 – 6:30pm
LOCATION: CUMBE: Center for African & Diasporan Dance, 558 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Map
ADMISSION: Free.

 Lakay Se Lakay :: Home is Home :  Haitian Electronic Artist conversation Series

LakayA panel of Haitian & Haitian-American DJs share insight on their style and the role of Haitian traditional sounds in their mixes. Panelists are Val Jeanty, Richard Laurent (Earthman), Justin Hyppolite (Dj Deepjust Aquabeat), Marjory Smarth, and Gardy Girault.

DATE/TIME: Friday, June 27th, 2014 /  6:30 – 9pm
LOCATION: The Commons, 388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Map
ADMISSION: Free.

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Selebrasyon! :: Dance

05.05.14

Evolution | Revolution : A Panel Discussion on Contemporary Haitian Dance

04_Cumbe_logo_lockupsPresented in collaboration with CUMBE: Center for African & Diasporan Dance, join HCX for a panel discussion with dancers Goussy Célestin and Julio Jean on the evolution of traditional & contemporary dance in Haiti and the Diaspora. Discussion will be followed by a participatory dance demonstration.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 14th, 2014 / 5 – 6:30pm
LOCATION: CUMBE: Center for African & Diaspora Dance, 558 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Map
ADMISSION: Free.

Mutation X062 | Installation & performance by Maksaens Denis

RICH0738Experimental digital and performance artist, Maksaens Denis will perform “Mutation X062” with dancer Gelan Lambert and discuss his career while sharing insights on his digital media technique.

Mutation X062 represents the evolution of Denis’ Mutation X0 series. Hinging on the exponential nature of mutations, the pieces respond to new environments, performers, social or political developments, and advancements in technology.

Maksaens Denis was born in Port-au-Prince. He studied at l’École Supérieure d’Audiovisuel in paris and graduated in 1992. He creates installations that juxtapose video montage and sculpture and has collaborated with choreographers and dancers to bring audiences a different perspective on video. In 2004 & 2011, Denis participated in the Biennale de Cuba and Venice with the exhibit “Haiti Royaume de ce Monde.”

DATE / TIME: Friday, June 20, 2014 / 7 – 9pm.
LOCATION: FiveMyles Gallery, 558 St Johns Place Brooklyn, NY 11238 Map
ADMISSION: Free.$10 suggested donation.

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Archive: An n’ Pale | Café Conversation with actor Gessica Généus

04.03.14

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Our first An n’ Pale | Café Conversation in Haiti was held on Febraury 27th, 2014 to a crowded theater of eager fans. Gessica Généus sat with Executive Director Régine M. Roumain to talk about her life in the film industry. The event held at FOKAL, allowed the audience to take a look at the young actor’s career. Gessica discussed her experience working in Haiti and the struggles and triumphs of a country with a powerful body of creatives that lacks the appropriate resources and support. She described working on Les Amours d’un Zombi by Arnold Antonin and how his process was so different because of the social and political implications of the film to Haitians and how the crew dynamic was so much more intimate than on her other film shoots abroad.

Click here to listen to our An n’ Pale | Café Conversation with actor Gessica Généus provided by Chokarella. (In Kreyol)

Gessica explained her appreciation for film as a medium because she felt it has the power to capture human nuance. Unlike stage, where one must be expressive enough for the audience to see and thus feel what’s going on all the way from the back of a theater, the camera offers a closeness that captures even the slightest emotion.

This closeness is something you can sense inside of Gessica, from her genial attitude towards the audience to her deep love of her country. As an actor that has been featured on screens abroad and holds undoubted talent that is well suited for cross-over, Gessica leans heavily on her Haitian heritage and seeks to continue to work in her country to promote cultural pride and the arts.

Her latest project, which puts her behind the camera rather than in front of it, is a mini-documentary series called Vizaj Nou. Through four vignettes, Généus reaches into these well-known artists’ backstory – an opportunity for them to share memories and instances that helped shape them.

Gessica previewed the first short documentary which featured playwright, poet, and visual artist Frankétienne. Shot on a rainy day in his home in Bel Air, Gessica tells the story of his spite-fueled transition from last to first in his class and how it triggered in him the need to stay that way — to fight and evolve for who he knew himself to be.

When asked why she selected artists from an older generation for the series, she replied that she feels the element of age plays a factor, these artists have a sense of urgency in their words, that there is something they want to say, that they must pass on.

For young artists seeking to stay inspired and creating, especially when it seems like too tough a road to traverse, Gessica says to seek out others — share your frustrations, creativity, and aspirations to keep motivated and inspired.

A special thank you to FOKAL for collaborating on our first ever HCX program in Haiti and to Chokarella and Carel Pedre for broadcasting our An n’ Pale | Café Conversation live during the program.

We look forward to screening the Vizaj Nou series as part of Selebrasyon! NYC’s festival of Haitian Arts & Culture, May 18- June 30th.

This An n’ Pale | Café Conversation took place on February 27, 2014 at FOKAL in Port-au-Prince.

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April 4: Haiti Impunity: A Visual Account with Frantz Voltaire

04.03.14

Frntz v film screenJoin filmmaker and founder of CIDIHCA, Frantz Voltaire, for a discussion on the impact of impunity on Haiti’s political culture.

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