Tuesday, August 27 at 5:30pm
Thursday, August 29 at 5:30pm
Visionary choreographer, dancer and educator, Jeanguy Saintus expresses the rich fusion of Caribbean culture and the contemporary life of his country through the body. He studied anthropology, sociology and languages; Haitian traditional dance, classical, modern and contemporary technique. Founded Cie Ayikodans, a group that has matured over 20 years, establishing a centre and training programme. Researching and producing a new performance every year, Saintus continuously pushes the limits of modern dance. Folk performance, free improvisation, voodoo religious culture and varied African, indigenous Indian and French influences can be found in his work and his Haitian-Contemporary technique offers a unique vocabulary. Saintus’ experimentation has significantly developed Caribbean dance, rooting it in the region’s historical experience while exploring subjects such as the experience of people dying of Aids, the long journey to freedom, and tensions between ancestral forces and contemporary rituals.
To expand local possibilities, Saintus runs an annual workshop for talented youngsters unable to afford tuition, organizes cultural exchanges, invites guest artists to Ayikodans, teaches in The Netherlands, Japan, Cuba, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Dominican Republic,
French Guyana, Canada, Jamaica, United States and works internationally.
Jeanguy Saintus is awarded for his exciting contemporary work that connects the spiritual and the physical and honours the human body, for expanding the possibilities of the dance medium and fostering young talent, and for inspiring pride in the strength, beauty and richness of Haitian identity.
Tuesday, August 20 at 7:00pm
Thursday, August 22 at 7:00pm
Pat Hall is an internationally acclaimed dancer/choreographer and teacher. She is a recipient of an Artists Fellowship in choreography from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her style is most influenced by African, Caribbean, and contemporary American dance. Her interest in ceremonial and ritual practices of indigenous peoples most influences her choreographic work. Ms. Hall uses her knowledge of the traditional to create contemporary movements and rituals that celebrate life and create new traditions. She brings an unparalleled spirit and depth of understanding to her performances which has been enriched through extensive cultural research.
Ms. Hall has appeared at such places as the Joyce Theater, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Dance Theater Workshop, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Jacob's Pillow, as well as numerous theaters around the world. Her reputation has won her invitiations to participate in many festivals including Spoleto, Next Wave Festival, Colorado Dance Festival, and the Willisau Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Ms. Hall was also an Artist-in-Residence at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore and Visiting Artist at the University of Singapore. She also toured extensively as a guest artist with Urban Bush Women.
A choreographer of great power and creativity, Ms. Hall's credits include "Praise House" for the Spoleto Festival, "Warrior Ant" for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, "Suenos" for the NuArts Festival, "underCover Girls" and a solo work "Silent Echoes" for Dance Theater Workshop.
As a recipient of Dance Theater Workshop's National Performance Suitcase Fund Award, Ms. Hall enjoyed research expeditions to Haiti, Martinique, Jamaica, Nigeria and Benin. She has also performed in Peru, Hungary, Korea, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, England, and Senegal. She is a recipient of the ethnic dance Award from Dance Giant Steps, Inc., Attitude Magazine. Her work is noted in the books, Gestures of Genius by Rachel Vigier and The Healing Drum by Yaya Diallo and Mitchell Hall.
Sought after as a teacher and lecturer, Ms. Hall has been an Artist-in-Residence at Cornell University and currently is a teaching artist for Brooklyn Academy of Music in the Department of Education and Humanities. She is also a consultant on their DanceAfrica/Restoration project. Ms. Hall is an adjunct professor at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
Friday, August 23 at 7:00pm
Monday, August 26 at 7:00pm
Marie Basse-Wiles was born in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa. The granddaughter of Bambara singer and dancer Maimouna Keita, Marie began her professional career at the age of nine. She began teaching at the age of 12 as a member of the Ballet National of Senegal. Her professional accomplishments include resident work with Kinne N'Diaye Rose, daughter of master drummer Dou Dou N'Diaye Rose, and Papa Dougoufana Traore, as well as renowned choreographers Mamadou N'Diaye, Demba Diallo, Oumy Sene, and Raymon Sylla. Her international touring experience includes performances with the Ballet National of Senegal and Koumpo Dance Company, under the direction of Ibrahima Camara. She has won numerous awards for her commitment to the community and accomplishments in dance. She has created numerous ballets throughout her career as well as a piece for The Center For Traditional Music and Dance "Bedenya 97" Festival, that is archived at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
CNN International sired a beautiful segment about Marie and her West African dance class
Monday, August 20 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, August 28 at 7:00pm
Lamine Thiam is a world-renowned dancer, choreographer, drummer and actor, and specializes in West African Dance from his native Senegal and neighboring countries, including rhythms such as Sabar, Djembe and Bougarrabou. He has graced the stage at venues worldwide including Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, The United Nations and Lincoln Center (NY), as well as theaters in Japan, Germany, London, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Lamine is happy to be back in New York, bringing love to his Sabar students!
Tuesday, August 27 at 7:00pm
Thursday, August 29 at 7:00pm
Wilhelmena Taylor is the former Artistic Director/ Choreographer of A TOUCH OF FOLKLORE and MORE DANCE COMPANY. She has performed with the International African American Ballet, Malaiki Kongo Congolese Dance Company, Express Yourself Africa, Papa Ladii Camara and many more.
She is a choreograpoher for dance companies, film and stage, using unique sequences with great attention to form and technique.
*Women should bring lapa skirts
Wednesday, August 21 at 5:30pm
Friday, August 23 at 5:30pm
Friday, August 30 at 5:30pm
EVIDENCE dancer Shayla Caldwell is a native of New Haven, Connecticut. She became heavily influenced by traditional West African dance after being introduced to the Guinean culture by mother and dance mentor Shari Caldwell. She has and continues to work under the instruction of Ali Tatchol Camara and Yamoussa Camara. She attended Educational Center for the Arts under the direction of Susan Matheke, Earl Mosley and Freddie Moore. She then went on to attend Virginia Commonwealth University where she was honored to work with faculty Scott Putman, Christian Von Howard, and Autumn Proctor.
Shayla is currently the Artistic Director at the Caldwell Dance Center in Hamden Conecticut where she also teaches Hip Hop and Contemporary.
*Participants that take Shayla's HIP HOP class will learn a short routine and have the opportunity to perform at the EVIDENCE/Restoration Outddor performance
August 20th at 2pm
Tuesday, August 20 at 5:30pm
Thursday, August 22 at 5:30pm
Arcell Cabuag is a Filipino American native of the Bay Area in California. At 18 years old, he studied dance with Charlie McGowan, Debbie Wilson at the Abraham Lincoln Performing Arts Magnet School, Keith Banks at STUDIO 10, and Soozi Childers at the Foster City Dance Academy. In 1995, he attended the Alvin Ailey School where he was first introduced to Ronald K. Brown and EVIDENCE. His professional experience prior includes dancing in: Rock the House for Paramount Pictures, The Shoji Tabuchi Show in Branson, MO, and the Richard Rodgers Centennial Production of The King and I .
Arcell can be seen in the episode Choreographed on Law and Order SVU, and a "Codorinu" commercial with PILOBOLUS shot and aired in Barcelona. He serves the community teaching and setting EVIDENCE repertory to dance studios, college institutions, and teaches the Ronald K. Brown esthetic to community dancers locally and abroad. He is an adjunct professor at Long Island Univeristy (Brooklyn Campus) and a guest choreographer at DANCE ATTACK in Sunnyvale, California. He taught as resident co-director and modern instructor at the RDA Natiotional Choreography Intensive and a co director/instructor at the New Orlean Ballet Association Summer Intensive.
Arcell has assisted Brown in setting works on Philadanco, MUNTU, Ballet Hispanico, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, MalPaso of Havana Cuba, and is the associate choreographer for the Tony Award winning production of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Broadway and National tour).
Arcell joined EVIDENCE in 1997 and was appointed to be the Associate Artistic Director in 2005. He is also a proud receipient of the 2004 New York Dance and Performance “BESSIE” Dancer Award .
*Participants that take Arcell's EVIDENCE Repertory class will learn phrases from a piece from the EVIDENCE repertory and have the opportunity to perform at the EVIDENCE/Restoration Outddor performance August 20th at 2pm
RONALD K. BROWN
Monday, August 19 at 5:30pm
Wednesday, August 21 at 7:00pm
Monday, August 24 at 5:30pm
Wednesday, August 26 at 5:30pm
Friday, August 28 at 7:00pm
Ronald K. Brown founded Evidence, A Dance Company in1985. He has worked with Mary Anthony Dance Theater, Jennifer Muller/The Works and other choreographers and artists. Brown has set works on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Jeune Ballet d’Afrique Noire, Ko-Thi Dance Company, Philadanco, Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago and Ballet Hispanico.
He has collaborated with such artists as composer/designer Omotayo Wunmi Olaiya, the late writer Craig G. Harris, director Ernie McClintock’s Jazz Actors Theater, choreographers Patricia Hoffbauer and Rokiya Kone, and composers Robert Een, Oliver Lake, Bernadette Speech, David Simons, and Don Meissner
He choreographed Regina Taylor’s award-winning play, Crowns and won an AUDELCO Award for his work on that production. Brown has won a Fred & Adele Astaire Award for Outstanding Choreography in the Tony winning The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess, adapted by Suzan Lori Parks, arrangement by Diedre Murray & directed by Diane Paulus.
In addition Brown was named Def Dance Jam Workshop Mentor of the Year in 2000 and has received; John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Choreographers Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, and The Ailey Apex Award for teaching. Brown is a member of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.