Haiti o Ayiti
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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 world 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.

During their residency in wpZimmer they work on the choreography and scenography of Haiti o Ayiti.

Impression of the creation process in Haiti and Brasil :

Cecilia Lisa Eliceche

1986 AR

Leandro Nerefuh

Leandro Nerefuh is an artist self-inscribed in the Brazilian legacy of contructivism tabaréu. Devising a method of formal translation of historical materials to performances, lectures, publications, exhibitions and agitprop experiments, Nerefuh moves through an ambiguous territory between academic discourse and artistic creation. He is also a co-founder of PPUB - Partido pela Utopia Brasileira, a political party active in brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.


Conjuring, dance and choreography: Cecilia Lisa ElicecheEnvironmental program and Secretariat: Leandro NerefuhMovement traning and advice for Yanvalou: Dieufel Lamisere and Estelle Foli AdjoMovement training and advice for Oxumare and Ewa: Dona Cici and Luciana BaraunaMusic: Clarins da Bahia, Ton Tonceles (Irmãos no Coro), in collaboration with Cecilia Lisa Eliceche and Leandro NerefuhIntroduction to Haitian drum: James SavoyText correction and advice: Jean-Daniel Lafontant and Dona CiciCostumes and attributes : Leandro Nerefuh, Dubréus Lhérisson, Camila Rossi Kennerley Production: wpZimmer with Cecilia Lisa Eliceche, Leandro Nerefuh and AbentumbaCo-production: C-TAKT, Kc Vooruit, Kc Stuk, Brakke Grond, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, WorkspacebrusselsArtist in residence: in Haiti Dansco, Cap-Haitien; Teatro Castro Alves and Teatro Vila Velha, SalvadorWith the support of: the Flemish CommunityThanks to: Thanks to the friends of the snakes - Tumba Junsara, Paulo França, Moises Lino e Silva, Arthur Seabra (fotografia), Doutor Fantasma, Thales de Azevedo, Som Peba, Camila Rossi Kennerley, Centro Técnico do TCA, Yan Britto, Junior Oliveira (Funceb), Helga Baert and Carine Meulders