DTBK Presents: Pop Up Lunchtime Entertainment @ Brooklyn Commons with Haiti Cultural Exchange
Performing artists create pop-up vignettes for the lunchtime crowd at Brooklyn Commons Park.
Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) presents today’s program with Tatiana Desardouin of Passion Fruit Dance Company performing dualis (choreographed by Nubian Néné - A Lady in the House Company), excerpts of pieces by Jessica St. Vil and KaNu Dance Theater, and a solo performance by Robenson Mathurin.
About the Artists:
From Switzerland and of Haitian origin, Tatiana is the founder, director, and choreographer of Passion Fruit Dance Company, a street dance theater and educational company. She has performed at The Apollo Theater, Summerstage, Jacob’s Pillow, the New Victory Theater, BAAD! Theater, Pregones theater, Ladies of Hip-Hop festival, Joe’s Pub, 92Y, the Guggenheim, Lincoln Center, MassMoca, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn and abroad (Canada and Switzerland).
Jessica St. Vil and KaNu Dance Theater
Jessica St. Vil is a first-generation Haitian American dancer, educator, and choreographer. A graduate of the Alvin Ailey School, Jessica is the artistic director of KaNu Dance Theater. She has performed with several dance theater companies including Feet of Rhythm, Joan Peter’s Dance Company, and Vissi Dance Theater, and National Ballet Folkloric of Haiti. She is featured in Dance Portal, an ongoing exhibit providing instruction in traditional Haitian dance at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan with her work “Let’s Dance”. Currently, Jessica is on the faculty of the Alvin Ailey School’s Professional Division.
Robenson Mathurin is a professional dance artist performing, choreographing, and teaching Haitian Folklore, Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, and Afro-based dance styles. Since 2012, he has been a principal dancer in the international Compagnie de Danse Jean Rene Delsoin, based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, through which he has toured in the USA, Trinidad, and Taiwan. Mathurin has worked with US-based companies including but not limited to Jean Appolon Expressions and Kriyol Dance! Collective. He continues to expand his choreographic portfolio and training through international teaching opportunities and residencies including the Mark Morris Teaching Artist Training Program and dance studies at The Taylor School.
Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) was established to develop, present, and promote the cultural expressions of the Haitian people. They seek to raise awareness of social issues and foster cultural understanding and appreciation through programs in the arts, education, and public affairs.
Events in this series:
June 2 | The Juneteenth Legacy Project
June 9 | Casey Howes & Jacob Warren of Pilobolus Dance Theater
June 16 | Tatiana Desardouin, Jessica St. Vil and KaNu Dance Theater, and Robenson Mathurin in partnership with Haiti Cultural Exchange
June 23 | TBD
June 30 | Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet
July 7 | Brianna Kalisch and Harold Moeller: Spinning Action + Balancing Acts
July 14 | TBD