Rooftop Dance //Photo Essay by Christine Joy Ferrer
For the Haitian dancer in me….

It hasn’t even been a week since I’ve been home and each day I miss Ayiti (Haiti) even more. From April 10-24, I embarked on a Cultural Exchange Trip to Haiti hosted by Daniel Brevil, musical director of Rara Tou Limen. This album is only part one of a three-part project, as I try to boil all my personal reflections about my experience down to a photo essay, a short video, and a written reflection. Just thinking about Haiti now stirs up something so powerful and beautiful that I can’t even begin to explain. I learned so much, from daily folkloric dance, song and drum classes with amazing Haitian instructors at Ecole Nationale Des Arts in Port-au-Prince and attending a three-day celebration of Vodou ceremonies in Lakou Souvenance to visiting the Fondasyon Sant D’A Jackmel (FOSAJ or Foundation Art Center of Jacmel) and also to just hanging out with beautiful local people, stumbling through my Kreyòl pronunciations (or rather mispronunciations) and playing with the children. So for now, I’ll let these photos talk for me. I can’t wait to go back. Ayiti se bèl. Mesi anpil Daniel for making it all happen.

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To view the complete photo album, please click Haiti On My Mind, Part 1.


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