Hope On a String Summer Jam

Hope On a String Summer Jam

Joe's Pub (map)

JAE is thrilled to offer a dance performance at Hope On A String’s summer fundraiser in NYC this July. We have partnered with this change making non-profit for over six years in Haiti, providing Haitian Folkloric dance workshops during their summer programming. HOAS provides free music and performing arts education in Arcahaie, Haiti and the organization has created a beautiful community at their arts center.

Event info:

Join Hope on a String to celebrate the power of music and the arts to empower youth and revitalize communities, and support the organization's mission to foster social transformation in Haiti. The evening will feature music from HOAS students, and a special performance by Jean Appolon Expressions, a mesmerizing synthesis of Haitian folkloric dance and modern technique.


Boston Landmarks Orchestra Dance Night

Boston Landmarks Orchestra Dance Night

Hatch Shell (map)

Landmarks Dance Night brings music to move by from diverse cultures to the Hatch Shell. Love, magicians, and ghosts haunt the flamenco ballet, El amor brujo, inspired by tales of the Romani people. The rhythms of Haiti and Vodou culture, and the drumming of the West African diaspora inspire Bostonians of disparate backgrounds to dance, from amateurs to established professionals. 

Rain Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019. If it rains on August 22 as well, the concert will be held at an indoor venue to be announced.


Inside/Out Performance of Vwayaj at Jacob's Pillow

Inside/Out Performance of Vwayaj at Jacob's Pillow

Jacob's Pillow (map)


Free, family-friendly, outdoor

Boston-based, Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE) celebrates and advances Haitian folkloric dance by building a contemporary cultural community that produces professional performances, educational opportunities, and dance training for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

JAE will be performing an excerpt of Vwayaj (The Travel), its latest portrayal of the immigrant experience. After years of political tremor, Appolon has woven his personal story together with those of other immigrants into this evening-length production. Dancers will tell these stories through bold Haitian contemporary dance set to evocative music composed by Haitian electronic music artist Val Jeanty. At the heart of Vwayaj is an inquiry into some of the most basic questions of the human experience: Where is home? What do we sacrifice when we leave home? What are we seeking on the other side? How do we create support within community?