Cecilia Lisa Eliceche / Leandro Nerefuh

Haiti o Ayiti

Ayiti, island of mountains, where the Tainos, Arawaks, Marien, Magua, Maguana, Higuey, Xaragua and many others lived when christopher columbus set foot in 1492. 1492 marks the beginning of the genocide, the brutal extractivism of the many territories of Abya Yala, and the enslavement of African peoples in the triangulated trade. 

For more than 500 years this european-imposed ​America​ has been defied. Among the multitudinous and ongoing revolts stands famous a dance gathering: a congress, Vodou ceremony and war council summoned by an African priestess that sparked the glorious and triumphant Haitian Revolution in 1791. A Revolution that is hidden to this day from the political imaginary of those who struggle for a planet where many worlds fit.

Cecilia Lisa Eliceche and Leandro Nerefuh want to learn from Haiti about anti-colonial resistance through and in the form of dance and cultivation. One is no one without others. Together and thanks to many great collaborators Cecilia and Leandro will make a work in honor of Ayiti, its richness, its dances, and its divine inhabitants. An homage to the island in the form of a dance poem. Diving in the deep waters of the Caribbean. ​Abismus invocatia Abismus.

For this occasion they will be joined by excellent guests Ogã Ton Tonsele from Salvador de Bahia and dancer Estelle Foli Adjo from Lome. 

On both nights Haitian hot chocolate will be served. 


On Friday, November 8, there will be a conversation mediated by prof. Gloria Wekker, emeritus professor of Gender and Ethnicity at the Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University, and winner of the Joke Smit prize 2017 for her contribution to women's emancipation in the Netherlands. Wekker is a social and cultural anthropologist with a specialization in the field of Gender Studies, Sexuality Studies, African American Studies, and Caribbean Studies.

About the makers

Cecilia Lisa Eliceche (Wallmapu/Argentina) is a dancer, choreographer and dance advocate, traversed by more than 500 years of colonialism. She conceives dance as a site to experiment and practice otherwise. Before, she presented Unison in de Brakke Grond, a feminist queer quartet based on weaving and erotics. Haiti o Ayiti is her first coproduction with de Brakke Grond.

Leandro Nerefuh is a brazillian visual artist whose work synthetises myth and history, focusing on pre-colonial and anti-colonial imaginaries in Latin America. Nerefuh is also the co-founder of PPUB, a political party active in brazil, paraguay and uruguay. 

Conjuring & choreography Cecilia Lisa Eliceche
Environmental program & secretariat Leandro Nerefuh
Dance Cecilia Lisa Eliceche, Estelle Foli Adjo, Luciana Barauna
Movement training & advice for Yanvalou Dieufel Lamisere en Estelle Foli Adjo
Movement training & advice for for Oxumare & Ewa Nancy de Souza (Cici) en Luciana Barauna
Sound Cecilia Lisa Eliceche and Leandro Nerefuh in collaboration with Clarins da Bahia, Ton Tonceles (Irmãos no Coro)
Introduction to Haitian drums James Savoy
Text revision and advice Jean-Daniel Lafontant en Nancy de Souza (Cici)
Unitards & attributes Leandro Nerefuh, Dubréus Lhérisson, Camila Rossi Kennerley
Production wpZimmer with Cecilia Lisa Eliceche, Leandro Nerefuh, Abentumba
Coproduction C-TAKT, Arts Centre Vooruit, STUK, Brakke Grond, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, Workspacebrussels, Sala do Coro do Teatro Castro Alves
Artist in residence Haiti Dansco (Cap-Haitien, Haiti), Teatro Vila Velha (Salvador, Bahia), Ilê Pierre Fatumbi Verger (Salvador, Bahia)
With the support of the Flemish Community
Thanks to the friends of the snakes Tumba Junsara, Paulo França, Moises Lino e Silva, Arthur Seabra (fotografia), Thales de Azevedo, Som Peba, Camila Rossi Kennerley, Yan Britto, Junior Oliveira, Helga Baert, Carine Meulders, Tarek Halaby, Gloria Wekker, Quinsy Gario, Mathieu Charles, Rose-Myrtha Vercammen
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