Inspired by the communal living and intimacy that I encountered in the countryside of Haiti, the fervor and embodied practice in both Haitian and Cuban African-based religious contexts, and my experiences in the diasporic Haitian and Cuban folkloric dance communities, my work approaches folkloric dance through contemporary dance methods such as improvisation, collaboration, juxtaposition, and self-reflexivity. As a white American choreographer I am conscious of my deeply ambivalent position as both outsider and insider within these dance communities. Working collaboratively with dancers and musicians and more recently in solo form, I mix and recombine movements to evoke my memories, conflicts, and imagination drawn from my experiences within Haitian and Cuban cultural communities in New York, Miami, and now Virginia as well as in Haiti and Cuba.

Photo by Kenny Hopkins on James River (2015)