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2020 Lakou NOU | AnJu Hyppolite

03.11.20

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AnJu Hyppolite (Canarsie) is a Brooklyn-born, Queens-bred award-winning actor, writer, and educator who works at the intersection of theater arts, literacy advocacy, and social equity. AnJu facilitates workshops with youth and community members throughout New York City. She is most interested in a person’s multiplicities and inspires others to unearth their stories and speak their truths.  

AnJu has been hosting virtual participant-centric storytelling workshops for Haitian Canarsie residents, which explore the multiplicity of identity. AnJu facilitates the sessions using theater games, writing prompts, and more to explore our individual and collective identities. She is weaving these stories into a script that will be performed publicly at our culminating event in June. If you are interested in joining these workshops, please email anjuhypp@gmail.com.

 

Calling CANARSIE community members!

Join AnJu Hyppolite in a collaborative, collective storytelling project that explores our individual and collective Haitian identities. Workshops that use theater games, writing prompts, and more will help us unearth our stories. The workshop will culminate in staged readings of the group’s collective work.You don’t have to be a performer or writer. You just have to have a desire to tell your story in English and/ or Kreyòl. If you’d like to participate please email anjuhypp@gmail.com

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2020 Lakou NOU | Guerdley Cajus

03.11.20

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Guerdley Cajus (Crown Heights) is a creative spirit with Haitian roots from Cambridge, MA. Inspired by the divinity of dance, she enjoys using performance art and creative writing as a medium for healing and emotional exploration. Raised on the sounds of Haitian Kompa music and 90’s R&B, Guerdley organically developed an understanding of the great role body language played in expressing untold stories. Guerdley studied Sociology, Women’s Studies, and Journalism at Pace University. After graduation, she worked as a Freelance Journalist, and now fuses her passions for storytelling and movement. 

Guerdley is a co-founder, choreographer and dancer for Queen Moves, a dance empowerment collective for self-identifying Queens. She is also a Doula IT and taking great interest in the parallels of birth work and creative expression and the ways in which they take space in the feminine form. For the past 7 years she has been a Master Teaching Artist and Dance Educator Mentor within the New York City public school system. 

Guerdley is collaborating with non-profit Famn Saj to create an online movement class that confronts the ongoing erasure of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) voices by placing a lens on the untold stories of Haitian people. In these workshops, individuals’ stories will inspire movement that reclaims power and facilitates healing. Participation is open to anyone who stands in resistance to BIPOC erasure. Movement classes are online and open-level. To participate, please register at www.guerdley.com/lakounou

Guerdley spent the “Listening Phase” of her project interviewing 13 women about their Haitian identity and experiences of cultural erasure. She opened each conversation with the question, “When did you learn about the Haitian Revolution?” Guerdley then built the structure of her workshops around the experiences described in these interviews.

This spring, Guerdley will work with professional dancers and some of her workshop participants to create a dance video inspired by her participants’ stories, which claim space, counter erasure, and promote healing from trauma. She is collaborating with Haitian artists such as Steven Baboun and Jonathan-Dexter Albert to create a dance visual that celebrates the resilient and divine feminine energy of Haitian women. Guerdley is currently inviting Haitian dancers who would like to be featured in this visual to reach out to her hi@guerdley.com

 

Calling CROWN HEIGHTS community members!

Guerdley Cajus is looking for community members who would like to participate in a dance class that confronts the ongoing erasure of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) voices by placing a lens on the untold stories of Haitian people. Movement classes are online and open-level. If you would like to participate in the dance classes or offer your story as a muse, please visit

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2020 Lakou NOU | Daveed Baptiste

03.11.20

IMG_2329Daveed Baptiste (East Flatbush) is a multi-disciplinary artist working between fashion design, photography, and textiles. Born in Haiti and raised in Miami Florida, he moved to NYC to attend Parsons School of Design, where he will graduate with a BFA in May.  

Through, textiles, fashion, photography, screen printing, and public installations, Daveed Baptiste’s Lakou NOU project is a multidisciplinary collaboration with the East Flatbush community that explores what it looks like to claim and define our future. By highlighting community members at pivotal life junctures, Daveed’s project visualizes the nuances of being Haitian American, belonging to two worlds, being Black in America while staying true to our heritage, and authentically defining what we want in life.

Last summer and fall Daveed worked with The Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project to create portraits of graduating seniors who, due to the pandemic, could not attend in-person graduation ceremonies. Each senior was photographed in front of a unique background–designed collaboratively by Daveed and the participants–that represents their future aspirations. Recently, Daveed has been interviewing and photographing adult community members who are reclaiming their mental health and overcoming physiological thought patterns that have hindered their ability to dream or reimagine potential futures for themselves.

In April Daveed will be hosting virtual screen printing workshops. The screen prints will have a portrait of a community member on them, and also a question posed by that individual that is only revealed upon printing. The questions are met to start intergenerational dialog about identity. Screen printing is the bait, but the goal is to open up space to talk. Screen printing kits will be delivered to participants homes. Please email daveed.bap@gmail.com if you are interested in participating.

Stay tuned for updates on how Daveed will incorporate these screen prints into his fashion designs for the final phase of his project.  

 

Calling EAST FLATBUSH community members!

Daveed Baptiste will work with community members to create garments to be worn in a choreographed dance performance inspired by the young people’s stories. If you are interested in being photographed, participating in the screen printing, fashion design, sewing of garments, or dancing, please email Daveed: Daveed.Bap@gmail.com or send a direct message on Instagram @Daveedbaptise

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Ann Pale discussion with the Lakou NOU 2019 artists | Recap

02.28.20

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On February 27th HCX hosted an Ann Pale discussion with the Lakou NOU 2019 artists: Tasha Dougé, Dayana Joseph,  Jonathan Michel & Marie E. St Cyr  at Grandchamps Restaurant. We were serenaded by Jonathan Michel who performed several Haitian inspired folk tunes on the upright and electric bass. Guests enjoyed delicious dishes prepared by Dayana Joseph (Chef Day), and we announced our Lakou NOU 2020 artists in residence. 

To view Chef Day’s recipes from her project The Mommas click here. 

 

Lakou NOU 2020 Artists in Residence 

Daveed Baptiste is a multi-disciplinary artist working between fashion design, photography, and textiles. Born in Haiti and raised in Miami Florida, he moved to NYC to attend Parsons School of Design, where he will graduate with a BFA in May. 

Guerdley Cajus is a creative spirit with Haitian roots from Cambridge, MA. Inspired by the divinity of dance, she enjoys using performance art and creative writing as a medium for healing and emotional exploration. Guerdley studied Sociology, Women’s Studies, and Journalism at Pace University.  

AnJu Hyppolite is a Brooklyn-born, Queens-bred award-winning actor, writer, and educator who works at the intersection of theater arts, literacy advocacy, and social equity.  AnJu facilitates workshops with youth and community members throughout the Big Apple.

To find out more about the artists’ projects click here 

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