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Following the massive earthquake of January 2010, Haitian artists have persevered through unimaginable conditions. They’ve proved that the creative spirit is indomitable and that artistic expression is not a luxury but a basic human need. As Port-au-Prince-based choreographer Jeanguy Saintus said, “Some of us want to go away while others are fighting for survival. My only wish is to be there for those who want to survive dancing.” Saintus and his company of dancers, Ayikodans, have stayed together against all odds, and this Sunday at 7 p.m., they will bring their craft to the Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theater. Founded in 1987, Ayikodans is considered one of Haiti’s national treasures. Its work is deeply rooted in the country’s traditional folkloric dance and African cultural heritage. But the troupe is eminently contemporary, something along the lines of Alvin Ailey. No doubt its upcoming performance will be fueled by the passion and inspiration earned only through tragedy. This is a truly rare opportunity and a celebration of the strength and beauty of the Haitian people.
Sun., May 22, 7 p.m., 2011


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