Miami Herald: “Ayikodans performances a triumph”

24 05 2011

The Miami Herald’s Jordan Levin, the papers art’s critique, proclaims the three “Ayikodans performances a triumph.”

(Read article here).

The trifecta of shows began on Saturday at 8 p.m. to an invite-only audience. The Sunday shows included a sold-out matinee and evening performance.


Reel Media HD captures the power of Ayikodans

21 05 2011

Tiffany Muzante, owner of Reel Media HD, didn’t hesitate when asked to provide an in-kind high-definition performance reel for Ayikodans, set to take center stage at the Adrienne Arsht’s Carnival Studio on May 21 and 22, 2011.

Growing up, her family exposed her all types of arts, from dance, to music, singing and acting. She knows firsthand the positive impact in which the arts can have in one’s life.

“The performing arts is a field that enriches mind, body and soul and provides a form of expression that is, at its core, both transcendental and fundamentally human,” says Muzante.

During Ayikodans rehearsals, Muzante aimed to capture the deeply emotional and extremely technical ways this dance company from Haiti unravels their story on stage.

She says, “Ayikodans and their mission is nothing short of excellence.”

“This company prepared me to present myself as a proud Haitian,” said Daniel Brevil, Ayikodans drummer

19 05 2011

Drummer Daniel Brevil discusses his love for playing the drums and how Ayikodans transformed his life since joining the company in 1993.

Watch this clip

A message from Ayikodans drummer Daniel Brevil from Ayikodans on Vimeo.

Ayikodans arrives to Miami

18 05 2011

Hours after arriving to Miami International Airport on Tuesday, Ayikodans members make their local television debut. Here, Ayikodans Founder Jeanguy Saintus, along with his dancers, gather inside the Telemundo green room.

Here, lead dancer Linda Francios and a dance partner perform for the cameras, a sample of what’s in store on Saturday and Sunday at the Adrienne Arsht Center.

This show will air on Telemundo’s Beunos Dias Miami this Friday.

Go to the Adrienne Arsht box office to purchase tickets.

A video message from Jeanguy Saintus

15 05 2011

A message from Jeanguy Saintus from Ayikodans on Vimeo.

ALERT: Adrienne Arsht adds second Ayikodans performance

13 05 2011

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts has added another Ayikodans performance to meet the increasing demands of ticket sales. This afternoon, tickets were made available for a daytime Ayikodans performance on Sunday, May 22 at 2 p.m. (Purchase tickets here).

Proceeds from each performance, along with other fund-raising efforts taking place such as the May 14 auction at the AE District, will help to create sustainable support for Haiti by reviving the culture through the arts.

Committee members behind this non-profit endeavor are happy to know that more South Florida residents will have a chance to see the Dance Company from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in action at the Carnival Studio.

“It is a privilege for our construction company to be able to use our resources to help Ayikodans, an important cultural pillar of the Haitian community,” said Tom Murphy, CEO of Coastal Construction – just one of the sponsors who have helped bring Ayikodans to the Adrienne Arsht’s fifth-anniversary season.

Al Crawford: Alvin Ailey Lighting Director shines his light on Ayikodans

3 05 2011

“During rehearsals  my conversations with Jeanguy will be about what his message is, what the movement is saying, his creative process,” said Al Crawford lighting director for the Alvin Ailey America Dance Theater. Crawford, who has also recently had the honor of lighting the White House State Dinners for Mexico and China, is donating his services to light the Ayikodans performances taking place May 21 and  22 at the Adrienne Arsht Center of the Performing Arts.

Al Crawford, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Lighting Director

Crawford will travel to Port-au-Prince where he will spend three days studying the rehearsals with Ayikodans‘ founder and choreographer Jeanguy Saintus.

“I know that this work has a lot to do with the Haitian experience,” said Crawford. “When I’m there, I will find out from the dancers, from the people, what that experience is and how he wants to address that in the work.”

For Crawford, light and life are intricately intertwined.

“At birth and as children ultimately, we associate feelings and emotions with light.”

It’s no surprise Crawford pays such close attention to detail. The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater solidified its mark in American history by capturing the African American Cultural experience.  Ayikodans’ dancers express their culture through Saintus’ dance style, which blends Haitian-Contemporary technique with folk performance, improvisation, voodoo religious culture, along with varying African, indigenous Indian and French influences.

Crawford and Saintus will also discuss technical details such as when dancers will be positioned downstage or a group number set in a large area; whether someone will move on a diagonal. “This is how can I create an environment, a piece of architecture or a color that will support whatever his message is.”

Credit Photo: AAADT in Alvin Ailey's Revelations. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Crawford aims to use his expertise as a way to support the Ayikodans with light “to make it even stronger, more powerful.”