With Dasha Chapman
In this combined technique and theory course, students will engage in the practice of Haitian dance, and support this embodied learning with study of Haitian artists, history and culture. Bi-weekly physical practice introduces students to the foundations of Haitian dance, and reading, writing and discussion familiarizes students with both important Haitian dance artists and history, and related topics in Haitian studies (the Haitian Revolution, Vodou religion, migration). We will read from the fields of history, ethnography, religious studies, performance studies and literary fiction, and get to know the landscape of iconic and contemporary Haitian dancers. No previous dance experience necessary.