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Cecilia Eliceche & Leandro Nerefuh

'Haiti o Ayiti'
20.11 - 21.11

An homage to the island in the form of a dance poem

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.

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Wed 20 & Thu 21.11 - 20:00 Vooruit Domzaal
€10 / 10 / 10 / 8
Language no problem
Podium / dans / 10x10


conjuring, dance & 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, Estelle Foli Adjo / for Oxumare & Ewa: Nancy de Souza (Cici) & 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 and Nancy de Souza (Cici) - unitards & attributes: Leandro Nerefuh, Dubréus Lhérisson, Camila Rossi Kennerley - production: WPZimmer, 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 iHaiti 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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