Crossing Paths, or Haitian Dancemaking in Port-au-Prince
Celia Weiss Bambara focuses on three dancemakers of different generations in early 21st century Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Viviane Gauthier, Florencia Pierre, and Nicole Lumarque. Each of these Haitian choreographers and company heads has a different relationship to the religion of Vodou, important in their lives and work, and to the concept of indigenism, formulated in the early 20th century by Haitian intellectuals, particularly Jean Price-Mars. Each has innovations—Gauthier uses the Haitian training technique, kultur physik, while Pierre and Lumarque fuse other elements and extend ideas of folklore to make contemporary pieces like “Chimin Kwaze,” a program by Pierre's company to which Bambara herself contributed and danced in. She concludes by mentioning other artists who have been taking Haitian dance into the 21st century.
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