Hayti/Haiti/History: Final Performance | Power Plant Gallery | Stage | Indy Week


Hayti/Haiti/History: Final Performance

When: Sat., July 15, 4-6 p.m. 2017

With new residents from all over the country flooding Durham's shiny condos, the Bull City is in danger of becoming a polis without a past. Dasha Chapman and Aya Shabu, two artists and scholars with wide-ranging backgrounds in performance, won't stand by and let that happen. Their ethnographic performance project, Hayti | Haiti | History, was developed over a six-week residency at Duke's Power Plant Gallery that concludes this week. It draws upon the Hayti neighborhood's historical links to Haiti, the first black republic, as well as Durham's activist past from the civil rights era onward. Chapman, who is a dancer and a postdoc in African and African-American studies at Duke, and Shabu, an alum of the African American Dance Ensemble, used the gallery as a work-space, holding movement workshops, gathering oral histories, and building a storyboard of maps, photographs, and community writings. The project informs a multimedia performance event on Saturday afternoon. —Chris Vitiello

Price: Free

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