July 12-13, 2007
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July 18, 2007
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in My Soul: African-Haitian Dance Workshop
4 & 6, 2008 7-8:30
Brown and Evidence present a master class with Pat Hall
Medgar Evers Preparatory School
1186 Carroll Street at Nostrand Avenue
Haiti, dance, drum, and song are vital and essential means of
expression; they draw the individual and the community together.
They help strengthen the connections between god, the deities,
nature, and humans. In this workshop, we will learn sacred and
secular dances, paying careful attention to the bond between dance,
rhythm, and song. As with most African-derived cultures, the Haitians
know it is necessary to be in harmony with one's surroundings.
The dances address the natural and supernatural forces, so that
in their execution, we might find within ourselves that ingredient
necessary to develop that sense of oneness.
In the dance
called "Yanvalou" the movements are symbolic of the
deity "Papa Damballah" (the "snake god").
Therefore, the fluidity of the dance is correlated to the movement
of the serpent. The powerful chest and arm movements of the dance
"Nago" (associated with the "Ogun" deities)
represent the invincibility of the warrior god.
of the dances are transmitted to the students to enhance their
understanding of and respect for the spirit of the Haitian people
and for the "Spirit" that dwells within us all.
origins of Haitian traditions are apparent throughout religious
and secular Haitian dances. In addition to learning about the
origins of these dances, students will learn about African cultures
that are the roots of today's Haitian culture.