Ayiti, island of mountains, is where the Tainos lived when Christopher Columbus arrived in 1492. Marking the beginning of the genocide, the brutal extractivism of the many territories of Abya Yala, and the transatlantic slave trade in connection with Africa.
For more than 500 years, this European-imposed America has been defied. Among the varied and continuous revolts stands a famous dance gathering. A vodou ritual and war council summoned by an African priestess that sparked the glorious Haitian Revolution in 1791. A revolution that is hidden from the political imaginary of those who struggle, to this day.
Cecilia Lisa Eliceche and Leandro Nerefuh want to learn from Haiti about anti-colonial resistance through and in the form of dance and culture. Together and thanks to many great collaborators they will make a work in honor of Ayiti, its richness, its dances and its divine inhabitants. Diving in the deep waters of the Caribbean. Abismus invocatio Abismus.
Summoning & Direction: Cecilia Lisa Eliceche & Leandro Nerefuh — Text: Cecilia Lisa Eliceche & Leandro Nerefuh — Ambience: Leandro Nerefuh — Danced by: Cecilia Lisa Eliceche — Movement training and advice for Yanvalou: Dieufel Lamisere (with the assistance of James Joseph) & Estelle Foli Adjo — Movement training & advice for Oxumare & Ewa: Dona Cici & Luciana de Ewa — Music: Clarins da Bahia in collaboration with Cecilia Lisa Eliceche & Leandro Nerefuh — Production: wpZimmer with Cecilia Lisa Eliceche & Leandro Nerefuh — Coproduction: C-TAKT, Vooruit, STUK, Brakke Grond, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, workspacebrussels — Artist in residence in: Haiti Dansco & workspacebrussels — With the help of: Teatro Castro Alves — With the support of: the Flemish Community