REVIEW: Haitian troupe Ayikodans delivers spellbinding marriage of movement, music
By Jerry Opdenaker
Special to the Palm Beach Daily News
The Haitian dance company Ayikodans, directed by acclaimed choreographer Jeanguy Saintus, exploded onto the Kravis Center's Rinker Playhouse stage Saturday night to a sold-out performance.
A rousing evening of spiraling shapes, contorted lines and passionate cadences that define the deep-rooted struggles of the Haitian people was beautifully encased within the choreography created by Saintus and dramatically framed by Albert Crawford’s lighting design, producing surreal environments for the dancers to convey their passionate plea.
Ayikodans in Miami Dec 20 - 22
Dear Ayikodans and Arsht Center supporters:
For the first time since its new studio opened in Haiti, Ayikodans will be appearing at the Arsht Center next weekend, Dec. 20-22, in four performances that will feature the world premiere of a new work by Artistic Director Jeanguy Saintus called “Tribulations.” This new work was conceived, created and rehearsed in the dance company’s new space in Haiti, built with your support. We urge you to celebrate this remarkable achievement by attending one of the performances next week – and by encouraging others to do the same. Tickets are available on the Center’s website or via our Box Office, 305-949-6722.
Ayikodans is stronger than ever – and we want the world to know! This talented dance company has sold out its past three seasons at the Arsht Center and we need your help to keep this amazing record going.
Please forward the information below to your friends, family members and colleagues to help us spread the good word about Ayikodans’ triumphant return to Miami, and to continue your inspirational support of these dancers.
We hope you can join us next week for what promises to be the company’s strongest appearance ever, with presenting support from the Green Family Foundation!
President & Chief Executive Officer
Adrienne Arsht Center
for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132
Ayikodans Master Class
Haitian Folk Dance Master Class
Peacock Foundation Studio
Ages 16 and up – Intermediate level and above
Come dressed to move with bare feet
FREE with reservation required
To reserve a space please call 786.468.2270
Ayikodans returns to the Arsht Center with its signature blend of Haitian-Contemporary technique that fuses folk, improvisation, voodoo religious culture, along with African, indigenous Indian and French influences. This ninety minute master class with live music, led by Founder and Artistic Director Jeanguy Saintus will focus on the fusion of contemporary technique with traditional Haitian dance.
Choreographer/Dancer Jeanguy Saintus Riché and Ayikodans: Dancing in the Dark
From the Huffington Post
"The last three years have been difficult, especially the last two," says Jeanguy Saintus, professional name of Haitian-born and internationally renowned choreographer, dancer and dance educator Jeanguy Saintus Riché,. "In 2010, it was a shock to everyone. We didn't know what would happen."
On January 12, 2010, the earthquake shattered much more than buildings in troubled Haiti and more than three years later, the Caribbean nation is still struggling to rebuild even essential services.
I first became aware of his work, ironically or not, right about that time. When the earthquake took place, Jeanguy was in the middle of choreographing a piece that would be performed by Toronto's COBA (Coalition of Black Artists). The show had to go on without Jeanguy's last minute help at rehearsals when a flight north proved impossible to arrange in time for the February 2010 performance.
What struck me about his work was its cross cultural richness and theatricality - the way he uses physical intensity to evoke dramatic and spiritual dimensions. International reviews also note the emotional intensity and impressive physicality of the dancers in Ayikodans, his dance company; they have been highly acclaimed in the Miami press among others.
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