Dance: HCX presents Jean-Aurel Maurice 


On Friday, June 28, Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) presents Haiti-based choreographer and dancer Jean-Aurel Maurice in Ann Pale [conversation with the artist] and a dance performance from 6:00 to 9:00pm at FiveMyles Gallery (located at 558 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, New York). Maurice will perform the world premiere of his work “1804,” exploring the events leading up to Haiti’s independence.

On Saturday, June 29, Maurice (with live drumming accompaniment) will lead a master class in contemporary Haitian dance from 1:00 to 3:00pm at Gibney Dance (located at 280 Broadway, New York, New York).

Jean-Aurel Maurice was born in Saint Martin to Haitian parents and began dancing at the lakou (vodou temple) of his mother, which allowed him to familiarize himself with Haitian drums at an early age. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris has awarded him the status of Lauréat Lavoisier. He has danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Berlin Opera Ballet, Forces of Nature and Paris Opera Garnier, among others around the world. In 2003, Jean-Aurel established himself in Jacmel (South East of Haiti), where he directed a distinguished community dance program: EXADANS. His work as a dancer/choreographer is a complete synthesis of classical ballet, Haitian dances, theater and martial arts.

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