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. 


On Friday, November 8, there will be an after talk with professor Dr. 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.

Conjuring, dance & choreographyCecilia Lisa Eliceche
Environmental program & secretariatLeandro Nerefuh
Movement training & advice for YanvalouDieufel Lamisere en Estelle Foli Adjo
Movement training & advice for for Oxumare & EwaDona Cici en Luciana Barauna
SoundCecilia 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 adviceJean-Daniel Lafontant en Nancy de Souza (Dona Cici)
Unitards & attributesLeandro Nerefuh, Dubréus Lhérisson, Camila Rossi Kennerley
ProductionwpZimmer with Cecilia Lisa Eliceche en Leandro Nerefuh
CoproductionC-TAKT, Arts Centre Vooruit, STUK, Brakke Grond, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, Workspacebrussels
Artist in residencein Haiti Dansco, Cap-Haitien; Teatro Castro Alves, Teatro Vila Velha and Pierre Verger Foundation, Salvador
With the support ofthe Flemish Community
Thanks to the friends of the snakesTumba Junsara, Paulo França, Moises Lino e Silva, Arthur Seabra (fotografia), Thales de Azevedo, Som Peba, Camila Rossi Kennerley, Centro Técnico do TCA, Yan Britto, Junior Oliveira (Funceb), Helga Baert, Carine Meulders, Tarek Halaby, Gloria Wekker, Quinsy Gario, Mathieu Charles Rose-Myrtha Vercammen
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