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Paul Beaubrun & Zing Experience at Little Island

07.07.21

Paul Beaubrun & Zing Experience at Little Island

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Join us for an evening of Haitian ‘Roots/Blues’ with Paul Beaubrun & Zing Experience; opening a headlining performance with dancehall legend Sister Nancy, as part of the Island Music Weekend held in partnership with the World Music Institute.

Little Island | Pier 55 at Hudson River Park Hudson River Greenway, NY 10014

Sunday, July 18, 2021| 8pm

Paul Beaubrun is a scion of Haitian musical royalty, and has spent his life living to the beat. Son of the Grammy nominated band Boukman Eksperyans, his earliest memories are of rhythm and sound.  Moving to New York as a youth he was inspired by his heritage to begin crafting a sound all his own. Constantly aware of his roots, the struggle of an immigrant and the drive of New York life, Paul began to create a path where music, activism and history meet.

A unique and transfixing sound he calls ‘Roots/Blues’, Paul weaves his impeccable guitar skills, rich, vocals, musical ingenuity and cultural history together; all while performing a smooth melange of both English, French and Creole (the native tongue of his Haitian roots).

Paul has played alongside some of the world’s best artists including Ms. Lauryn Hill, Maxwell, Arcade Fire, Jackson Browne and Bob Weir.  Worldwide performances include venues such as The Beacon Theater and Radio City Music Hall in NYC, Massey Hall in Toronto, The Ryman Theatre in Nashville, The House of Blues in Chicago, The Montreal Jazz Festival, Festival Internationale Nuits d’Afrique in Montreal, Le Trianon in Paris, The Paleo Festival in Switzerland, No Siesta Fiesta in Norway.  These continued accomplishments make him one of the few artists coming out of Haiti to garner worldwide success.

Paul has joined forces with Artists for Peace and Justice, and become an integral part of their organization.   He is currently working in collaboration with Jackson Browne, and several other artists including Jon Russell (the Head and the Heart), Jonathan Wilson, Habib Koite, Jenny Lewis and Raul Rodriguez on an upcoming album for APJ.  He also continues to be an active member and perform at their many events in the USA and Canada.  This allows Paul to do what he loves; play music while also furthering awareness of Haitian art, culture and promoting the incredible talent of Haiti’s youth.

Paul’s album titled ‘Vilnerab’, released in 2015, soared directly to #1 on itunes in the World Music category, receiving rave reviews. In 2016, he was nominated for a Dora Award by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts for ‘Outstanding Sound Design/Composition’ in the production of Espwa/Espoir.   Paul’s most recent album, “Ayibobo”, released in May of 2018 on Ropeadope Records, sees Paul’s further evolution of sound into Rock/Roots/Blues music.

Find out more about Paul’s work by following his channels: Website | Instagram

 

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Rasin Lakay features Veroneque Ignace

07.07.21

ASE / ENOUGH?

In November 2019, we offered KONSOLE. One year later, November 2020, we offered NA VIV / We’ll Live. In both dance films, it is clear that the image of a black woman, with a full spectrum of emotion, power, vulnerability, and direction is front and center. This, in many ways, complicates and sits contrary to the various tropes of black women that are often perpetuated in digital media. In this new work, ASE / enough?, we explore exactly this – how through the basic human experience of grief we can come to understand that black women can, in fact, exist as a people first, before, after, and all the while being bent to meet the demands of patriarchy, racisms, classism, pigmentocracy, and sexualization to say the least. We hope that this offering serves as a call to action for its viewers, such that we can move from just a reflection of what is shown to something that manifests more tangibly in ourselves and in our community.

Click on the images below to watch ASE/enough?:

 

Veroneque Ignace is a curating performance artist, cultural activist, and community-based public health researcher who uses ethnographic tools, performance work, research, and public health understanding of program planning and evaluation to facilitate growth, racial equity policies, an orientation toward socio-political community development at non-profits, grassroots groups, large arts institutions. Ignace is dedicated to achieving her long term goal to seamlessly combine her passion for Haiti, people, and dance in such a way that allows for large-scale healing.

The Flatbush, Brooklyn native often uses dance and writing to merge her passion for public health and global health. With her movement she hopes to complicate methods to social change and health equity, connecting spiritual balance and self-understanding to modes of recovery and restoration. She says, “my movement codifies a history and language which I have inherited. In Haiti dance and music become the guardians of tradition. Everywhere though, dance and music, together are expressions and I need them to communicate.”

In 2016, Ignace founded Kriyol Dance! Collective, a collective of artist-leaders, to incite the unapologetic voices of Black arts, and Haitian culture in particular, through collaborative and unified work and intervention. In 2018, she began actively building an archive for Lakou Societe St. Michel Archange. She is an alum of SUNY Downstate School of Public Health.

Find out more about Veroneque’s work by following her channels: Website

 

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DIASPORA NOW presents: Jessica St. Vil-Ulysse and KaNu Dance Theater

06.14.21

DIASPORA NOW presents: Jessica St. Vil-Ulysse and KaNu Dance Theater

Haiti Cultural Exchange’s programs are made possible in part through funding support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

Thursday, July 1 at 6:30 pm

Plant Family Garden

Jessica St. Vil and KaNu Dance Theater present Haitian folkloric dance

Jessica St. Vil and KaNu Dance Theater present excerpts of KaNu choreographed by Jessica St. Vil; a fusion of traditional and contemporary Haitian dance. Choreography explores how we can collectively draw on our strengths to address inequity and injustice.

FREE community tickets will be available via Brooklyn Botanic Garden website 2 weeks prior to the event.

Check out the event page for more updates.

Jessica St. Vil-Ulysse

Jessica St. Vil is a first-generation Haitian American dancer, educator, and choreographer who grew up in Queens, NY. A graduate of Lehman College, Ms. St. Vil received her B.A. in Mass Communications and Dance. She continued her training on scholarship with the Alvin Ailey School’s professional division. She has worked with choreographers (Christopher Huggins, Martial Roumain, Marcea Daiter, and more); performed with several dance theater companies (Feet of Rhythm, Joan Peter’s Dance Company, and Vissi Dance Theater, and National Ballet Folkloric of Haiti). Jessica has collaborated with Unimix films to choreograph a short film (“One More Try”) and their award-winning feature film (Forever Yours). She was honored by the National Museum of Women and the Haitian Embassy in recognition of her choreographic work. Jessica is the artistic director of KaNu Dance Theater, a co-founder of Danse Xpressions ”Center for the Arts”. She is featured in Dance Portal, an ongoing exhibit providing instruction in traditional Haitian dance at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan with her work “Let’s Dance”. She recently choreographed an original dance drama, “Zatrap,” written by playwright Jean Claude Eugene. Currently, Jessica is on the faculty of the Alvin Ailey School’s Professional Division teaching Dunham-based techniques and is also a Teaching Artist with various Arts in Education programs throughout New York City. Miss St. Vil is currently enrolled as a 3rd-year certification candidate with the Institute for Dunham Technique and Certification.

 

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Rasin Lakay features Jessica St. Vil-Ulysse

06.10.21

Kay La Mande Wouze

When we, the Diaspora, look at our motherland, we look at this ongoing narrative of civil unrest, injustice, and inequality. Then we take a look at our lives here in the U.S. and realize we are battling some of those same issues. What are we to do? How can we change the narrative for ourselves personally, and for our people? I am creating a choreographic film to explore the source from which we draw to strengthen our efforts to battle discrimination and social injustice.

Click on the image below to watch Kay La Mande Wouze:

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Jessica St. Vil Ulysse

Jessica St. Vil is a first-generation Haitian American dancer, educator, and choreographer who grew up in Queens, NY. A graduate of Lehman College, Ms. St. Vil received her B.A. in Mass Communications and Dance. She continued her training on scholarship with the Alvin Ailey School’s professional division. She has worked with choreographers (Christopher Huggins, Martial Roumain, Marcea Daiter, and more); performed with several dance theater companies (Feet of Rhythm, Joan Peter’s Dance Company, and Vissi Dance Theater, and National Ballet Folkloric of Haiti). Jessica has collaborated with Unimix films to choreograph a short film (“One More Try”) and their award-winning feature film (Forever Yours). She was honored by the National Museum of Women and the Haitian Embassy in recognition of her choreographic work. Jessica is the artistic director of KaNu Dance Theater, a co-founder of Danse Xpressions ”Center for the Arts”. She is featured in Dance Portal, an ongoing exhibit providing instruction in traditional Haitian dance at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan with her work “Let’s Dance”. She recently choreographed an original dance drama, “Zatrap,” written by playwright Jean Claude Eugene. Currently, Jessica is on the faculty of the Alvin Ailey School’s Professional Division teaching Dunham-based techniques and is also a Teaching Artist with various Arts in Education programs throughout New York City. Miss St. Vil is currently enrolled as a 3rd-year certification candidate with the Institute for Dunham Technique and Certification.

 

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