Date: Mar. 3
|Time of Event:
Haitian Percussion: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Contemporary Dance: 7:45 - 9:15 p.m.
|Location: Saguro Hall Studios 104 & 107|
|For more information, contact
Susannah Keita | 602-639-6295 firstname.lastname@example.org
GCU's College of Fine Arts and Production Presents:
AYIKODANS Guest Dance Residency
Jeanguy Saintus of AYIKODANS will visit GCU's Dance Education Program as our Spring Artist in Residence.
Founded by internationally renowned Haitian born choreographer, dancer and educator Jeanguy Saintus Riché, AYIKODANS is considered to be the premiere professional dance company of Haiti. Saintus has enabled the emergence of a new, contemporary Haitian aesthetic that, while rooted in tradition, reflects a modern Caribbean culture and creativity.
Dance is a way of life for Jeanguy Saintus. As the founder of Ayikodans, he has continually pushed the limits of modern dance during the past decades. In 25 years of passionate research, he has mastered a cross-cultural body language that speaks with the power of remote times and places. To expand the local pool for dance, Jeanguy founded Artcho Danse, a dance center and training program for children and adults in Port-au-Prince. He also provides a scholarship program, Dansepyenu (Dance Barefoot), for talented young dancers who are unable to afford tuition. Jeanguy also organizes cultural exchanges by inviting guest artists from around the world to teach at Artcho Danse, and he spreads his unique technique across the globe by teaching master classes. In 2008, Jeanguy won the prestigious Prince Klaus Award in The Netherlands for expanding the possibilities of the dance medium; fostering young talent; and inspiring pride in the strength, beauty and richness of Haitian identity.
Founded by internationally renowned Haitian-born choreographer, dancer and educator Jeanguy Saintus Riché, Ayikodans is considered the premiere professional dance company of Haiti. Jeanguy has enabled the emergence of a new, contemporary Haitian aesthetic that, although rooted in tradition, reflects a modern Caribbean culture and a creativity that would surprise many who associate the country with disaster, poverty and helplessness. The company performed for the first time at the National Theatre in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on May 7, 1988. "Ayikodans" is derived from "Ayiti," the Haitian Creole word for "Haiti"; and "kontredanse," a form of traditional dance inherited from Haiti's colonial past. Ayikodans company members have danced on stages in Latin America, Europe, the United States and Asia. They have performed in such venues as the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami; the Muziekgebow and Tropentheater in The Netherlands; Teatro Anayansi in Panama; and the Fondation Cartier for Contemporary Art in Paris, France. In addition, Ayikodans has toured in Japan, including performances at the Tokyo Ballet Foundation. For more information, visit ayikodans.com