HCX Presents: A Conversation on Marie Vieux Chauvet’s “Dance on the Volcano”


Join Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) for a conversation with Dr. Kaiama L. Glover, translator of Marie Vieux Chauvet’s book Dance on the Volcano. She will be joined by Dr. Gina Athena Ulysse for a staged reading. This event will take place on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at from 6:00 to 9:00pm, at 33 Lafayette, located at 33 Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

Dance on the Volcano: Set in late-18th century Haiti, Dance on the Volcano follows the extraordinary career of Minette, who uses her prodigious voice to cross racial barriers. Her talent brings her an opportunity to perform at the Theater of Port-au-Prince, an honor previously reserved only for whites. However, once the curtain falls she finds herself back to life as normal. Praised but unpaid, applauded but shut out, Minette develops a political and racial conscience that that will not rest as long as slavery still exists on the island. Her involvement soon leads her to butt heads with the man she loves, a free black man as cruel to his slaves as many white landholders, and to cross paths with the future heroes of the revolution.

Marie Vieux-Chauvet: Born in Port-au-Prince in 1916, Marie Vieux-Chauvet is widely considered one of the greatest writers of the Francophone Caribbean.

Kaiama L. Glover: Kaiama L. Glover is associate professor of French and Africana Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the author of Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon, first editor of Marie Vieux Chauvet: Paradoxes of the Postcolonial Feminine (Yale French Studies 2016), and translator of Frankétienne’s Ready to Burst (Archipelago Books 2014), Marie Vieux-Chauvet’s Dance on the Volcano (Archipelago Books 2016), and René Dépestre’s Hadriana in All My Dreams (Akashic Books 2017). She has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the PEN Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Fulbright Foundation.

Gina Athena Ulysse:  Gina Athena Ulysse is a performance artist and associate professor of anthropology at Wesleyan University. Born in Haiti, she has lived in the United States for over thirty years. She is the author of Downtown Ladies: Informal Commercial Importers, a Haitian Anthropologist, Self-Making in Jamaica (2007), and Why Haiti Needs New Narratives: A Post-Quake Chronicle (2015).

For this and more Black History Month events, see http://haiticulturalx.org/blackhistorymonth

Also see our previous posts, https://repeatingislands.com/2017/01/16/kaiama-l-glover-presents-marie-chauvets-dance-on-the-volcano/ and https://repeatingislands.com/2016/01/09/revisiting-marie-vieux-chauvet-paradoxes-of-the-postcolonial-feminine/

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