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Founded by internationally renowned Haitian born choreographer, dancer, and educator Jeanguy Saintus Riché, Ayikodans is considered to be the premiere professional dance company of Haiti. Saintus has enabled the emergence of a new, contemporary Haitian aesthetic that, while rooted in tradition, reflects a modern Caribbean culture and creativity that would surprise many who associate the country with disaster, poverty and helplessness.
Ayikodans proudly re-envisions the Vodou dances, culture and histories of Haiti, which continue to celebrate their roots in Africanist embodied pedagogy and philosophies. Ayikodans’ contemporary aesthetics mirror the realities of Haitian people now, at home and elsewhere.
Voices and Dances of Haiti / Cri des Nago with live percussion (drumming). Haitian contemporary dance company Ayikodans in Cri des Nago.