With Seeking: In Search of Water, HAITIDANSCO creates a powerful and touching piece in response to the ongoing drought crisis in Haiti. One million people have been affected by drought since the beginning of 2015 as a result of climate change with the conditions exasparated by deforestation. The company masterfully weaves Haitian-folkloric and contemporary dance using the vodou spirit LoKo, healer and protector of trees to remind us that Haitian spirituality and culture has always centered around nature. The wisdom of conservation is embedded in the culture, in the people.
Founded in 2013 by choreographer DIEUFEL LAMISERE, HaitiDansCo is a dance company based in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. The company focuses on a uniquely Haitian contemporary style, a fusion of Haitian folkloric dance with classical ballet, modern and jazz. After teaching and performing in the Dominican Republic, Mr. Lamisere returned to Haiti following the catastrophic earthquake, to create opportunities for children, young people and adults to celebrate Haitian culture through dance through the professional dance company HaitiDansCo and its education and outreach arm Dance To Save Lives.
Today HaitiDansCo is one of the few Haiti-based professional dance companies consistently performing a repertoire representative of Haitian culture. The company consists of Artistic Director Dieufel Lamisere, drummer RODRIGUE JEAN-BAPTISTE and 5 professional professional dancers. The dancers have all been trained through Dance To Save Lives including: Assistant Choreographer JAMES JOSEPH, CHRISTIE EMMA CHARLES, JOB JOUISSANCE, ROBENSON MATHURIN, and MITIELO TRAZIL. HaitiDansCo has performed extensively throughout Haiti and the Dominican Republic including evening-length performances in Haiti at Centre Convention de Jacmel, Fosaj (Jacmel), Espace Lard 75 (Port-au-Prince), the largest cultural event in the Caribbean - Carifesta XII (Port-au-Prince), Casa de Teatro Calle Arzobispo (Santo Domingo, DR), Academia Balleteatro Dominicano (Santo Domingo, DR) and in a shared evening of dance with Balleteatro Dominicano to inaugurate HaitiDansCo’s new center in Cap-Haitien. HaitiDansCo and Mr. Lamisere have been featured in Haiti’s premiere daily newspaper Le Nouvelliste, BBC News, diaspora news site Haitian Times, and Casa de Campo Living in DR.
Artistic Director Dieufel Lamisere was born and raised in Petionville, Haiti. He trained in Haitian folkloric dance by Odette Wiener, founder and artistic director of the famous Ballet Bacoulou, and in ballet, jazz and modern with Nathalie Trouillot at Regine Mont-Rozier Trouillot Dance school. Mr. Lamisere has danced with La Compagnie des Jeunes de la Danse, Ballet Folklorique d’Haiti, Grand Ballet Haiti, Les Grand Ballets of Canada, Ethnic Dance Company and was the founder and artistic director of Capoise Dance. In connection to his work with HaitiDansCo and creating international cultural exchanges, Mr. Lamisere has been recognized by the Minister of Culture of the Dominican Republic, El Ballet Folklorico Nacional Dominicano and La Direccion General de Ballas Artes in 2017. In 2019, he was recognized by the Secretary of Culture of the state of Bahia, Brazil for his contributions in educating young Brazilian dance students in Haitian folkloric dance.
James Joseph, Christie Emma Charles, Job Jouissance, Robenson Mathurin, Mitielo Trazil