Monday, December 23, 2013

Haitian dance troupe Ayikodans returns to Miami, Florida

Haiti’s premiere contemporary dance company Ayikodans returns to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts this weekend for four shows. In collaboration with the Green Family Foundation, the Arsht will present the program in three parts, including the world premiere of Tribulations and a revamped version of Danse de l’araignee/Dance of the Spider. We met up with artistic director/choreographer Jeanguy Saintus this week and spoke about love, spiders, dance and the complexities of life’s “tribulations.”

What, for instance, was the inspiration for the creation of Dance of the Spider? “I always dreamed of doing a piece with the rhythm of the spider, I love the moves and love the spirit,” says Saintus. “I was lucky enough when the Arsht Center commissioned a piece for Ayikodans in 2011; I think it was a great gift for Danse de l’araignée to honor [the Haitian spirit] Gede Zarenyen. The magic of lighting from Al Crawford made the adventure even more interesting.”

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