Haiti Summer Dance Intensive in action: 2017

Jean Appolon has been working fervently down in Port Au Prince for over four weeks, along with his Haiti-based team and volunteers from abroad. This year we have over 70 students participating in our free summer dance program and receiving a healthy lunch each day. The students are taking classes in yoga, modern, ballet, folkloric Haitian dance and Haitian drum rhythms. Take a look at a few of the highlights thus far and there will be more to come because the final performance is on August 4th at the Hotel Oloffson. 

Jean, Meg McGrath and two of our passionate students in PAP. Photo credit Nadia Todres.

Jean, Meg McGrath and two of our passionate students in PAP. Photo credit Nadia Todres.

Haitian drum class on history and rhythms. 

Haitian drum class on history and rhythms. 

Free lunch prepared fresh for the students each day by the Hotel Oloffson kitchen. 

Free lunch prepared fresh for the students each day by the Hotel Oloffson kitchen. 

Meet out hard working group of roughly 70 boys, girls, men and women from the greater Port au Prince area, as well as some of the dedicated JAE teaching team. The growth that we have seen over the past several weeks is truly magical. One week from today will be the final show and it is not to be missed!

Meet out hard working group of roughly 70 boys, girls, men and women from the greater Port au Prince area, as well as some of the dedicated JAE teaching team. The growth that we have seen over the past several weeks is truly magical. One week from today will be the final show and it is not to be missed!

Spring Highlights

Lakou Ayiti Premiere

Jean Appolon Expressions premiered its new evening length show, Lakou Ayiti at the BCA on March 17/18, 2017.  This production focuses on the immigrant experience and one's sense of belonging and home.

Lakou Ayiti Premiere
Sadada Jackson reads Edwidge Danticat's book Mama's Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation to our young audience members during JAE's child-friendly matinee of Lakou Ayiti.

Sadada Jackson reads Edwidge Danticat's book Mama's Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation to our young audience members during JAE's child-friendly matinee of Lakou Ayiti.

Val Jeanty, a Haitian electronic musician, worked with Jean Appolon to create the original soundscape for Lakou Ayiti. She imbedded the pre-recorded stories of immigration and belonging, shared by JAE community workshop participants. Val played alongside the JAE company dancers during the Saturday night performance.

Val Jeanty, a Haitian electronic musician, worked with Jean Appolon to create the original soundscape for Lakou Ayiti. She imbedded the pre-recorded stories of immigration and belonging, shared by JAE community workshop participants. Val played alongside the JAE company dancers during the Saturday night performance.

Audience participants joined the JAE dancers on stage, during a moment of contact improv and connection. 

Audience participants joined the JAE dancers on stage, during a moment of contact improv and connection. 

 

Spring Break Teen Intensive

During the 2017 April school vacation week, JAE held a free teen intensive for 30+ students, in partnership with The Dance Complex and The Boston Children's Museum. Each day the students participated in Yoga, Horton Modern, Folkloric Haitian and choreography. Jean Appolon worked alongside Boston dance legends, Nailah Randall-Bellinger, and Adrienne Hawkins to make the week a large success. JAE company dancers also taught, assisted and choreographed throughout the week. Monday thru Saturday the intensive was held at the Dance Complex and the final performance was held at The Boston Children's Museum on Sunday April 23rd.

April Break Teen Intensive
 

Haiti Summer Dance Institute 2017

JAE is working hard to fundraise and make the Haiti Summer Institute a success. This year is extra special because Jean will be holding the Port Au Prince institute for six weeks, instead of four, at the historical Hotel Oloffson from June 26th-August 4th. He will also head to Arcahaie, at teh beginning of August to partner with Hope On a String and bring JAE's programming to their community youth. Company dancer, Jean-Sebastien Duvilaire, will also be holding a satelite of JAE's summer intensive in Jeremie, Haiti, his hometown. We need your support to make these amazing offerings come to fruition. DONATE HERE!