“Ayikodans has continued to produce world-class work -- a testament to the strength of the creative spirit.” - Miami New Times
A little over a year ago, the Adrienne Arsht Center’s President and CEO John Richard, alongside The Miami Herald’s World Editor, John Yearwood, made a trip to visit disaster-strewn Haiti. On his journey to understand how the Arsht Center could make a meaningful contribution to Haiti’s recovery, John was introduced to the country’s premier dance ensemble, AYIKODANS, a company that was then on the brink of closing their business for good.
With the help of passionate Miami community leaders, the Center was able to help save AYIKODANS—and has commissioned a new piece, “Danse de L’Araignée,” that will see its world premiere on May 25 & 26 along with “Anmwey Haiti Manman” (Cry Haiti Mother).
On Tuesday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m., Jeanguy Saintus, founder and Artistic Director of Ayikodans, will lead a FREE, 90-minute Master Class held in the Arsht Center’s Peacock Foundation Studio. The class will focus on modern and Haitian-Contemporary technique, as well as, traditional dance. Intermediate level and above dancers are encourage to reserve a spot by calling 786-468-2270. Dancers should come dressed to move and be barefoot.