By JAFCO América Dance
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A vibrant piece that mixes contemporary Afro dance, jazz, songs and music to recreate Haiti’s roots and what it means to these people to start over in Chile.
Migration isn’t just geographical, social and emotional, it’s also spiritual. Trance is a contemporary Afro dance piece that expresses the emotional and spiritual processes linked to migration and how people ‘make a home’ in another country with a different culture. Voodoo in Haiti is its main inspiration, with a cosmogony in which nature, living beings, gods and ancestors are all connected and with the people who follow this religion looking for spiritual illumination in their lives. The choreographies in Trance emerge as a result of the reflections of Haitian director Evens Clercema and some of his company’s members on the process of migration. These are divided into three movements, each one created using traditional rhythms from Haitian culture. The first is Disorientation-Interjections, the second is Here I Am and the third is Liberation.
Cast and crew
Director and choreographer: Evens Clercema | Producer: Valentina Bravo | Performers: María Jesús Pastrián, María Inés Galdames, Rocío Pinto, Macarena Varas, Sara Chiostergi, Celeste Torres Solís | Musical director: Simón Cáceres | Instrumentalists: Diarra Condé, Cristopher Álvares, Aníbal Cataldo, Simón Cáceres | Singers: Florence Aissant, Lorenza Pascal, Clifford Agustin, Job Pierre, John Richard | Assistant choreographer: Celeste Torres Solís | Technical producer: Claudio Martínez | Assistant producer: María Paz Videla.
Ten years promoting Haitian culture in Chile
This professional dancer, Haitian Arts School graduate teacher (2006) and sociologist from the Silva Henríquez Catholic University (2016) has worked as a performer, teacher and choreographer, focusing his work on contemporary Haitian Afro and contemporary dance. In Haiti, he cofounded the Compagnie Culturelle des Arts (2004-2009), where he directed the play De l´oscurité a la lumière. He has worked as director and choreographer of UNESCO’s Culture and Civic Education Bicentenary Program, at the Embassy of Chile and at the Haitian National Democratic Institute. He’s been living in Chile for nine years, working as a dance teacher, director, choreographer and performer with Jafco América Dance. At the same time, he’s worked as a sociologist, specializing in international migration and working at the Municipality of Santiago’s Office for Migrants (2016-2017).
JAFCO América Dance
A fusion of Latin American styles
This contemporary Haitian Afro-jazz group was formed in 2009 and is made up of 17 musicians, who bring their unique style to the stage. Their two plays are De la oscuridad a la luz (2011) and Trance: Cuerpo y Ancestralidad (2019). The dance troupe is made up of dancers from different companies and with different specialties.
“The audience witnesses all the energy of Haitian and Afro rhythms and finds out more about voodoo, Haiti’s official religion, which involves an important dose of magic and which worships supernatural entities through song and dance”
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