Vwa zanset yo: y’ap pale, n’ap danse!
(Ancestral voices: they speak… we dance!)
By Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam
The nation’s largest festival of African dance pays homage to the ancestral energy of Haiti with the theme Vwa zanset yo: y’ap pale, n’ap danse!, in Haitian Creole, or “Ancestral voices: they speak… we dance!” This virtual program of dance premieres draws inspiration from the lwa, spirits of Haitian Vodou, and brings together a community from near and far. DanceAfrica Artistic Director Baba Abdel R. Salaam commissioned pieces by HaitiDansco in Cap-Haitien, Rara Tou Limen in the Bay Area, Àṣẹ Dance Theatre Collective in Brooklyn, and Fritzation in New York. Including a virtual Libation Ceremony, Tribute to the Ancestors, Memorial Room, and a Procession of the Elders that crosses the country, this unprecedented DanceAfrica performance stretches from coast to coast to coast.
Haiti and Haitian Migrant Support
We are inspired by the organizations, grassroots leaders, and others stepping up to help in relief and recovery for those affected by the August 2021 earthquake in Haiti and those providing aid and resources to Haitian migrants seeking asylum. For those who want to contribute to the ongoing relief, recovery, and support efforts here are a few reputable organizations that are doing their part.
capracare – http://capracare.org/
Sow a Seed – https://sowaseedonline.org/
Haitian Bridge Alliance – http://haitianbridge.org/
Houston Haitians United – http://houstonhaitiansunited.org/