Chimin Kwaze

Edited by Celia Weiss Bambara

in Making Caribbean Dance

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034676
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813046303 | DOI:
Chimin Kwaze

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Celia Weiss Bambara focuses on three dancemakers of different generations in early 21st century Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Viviane Gauthier, Florencia Pierre, and Nicole Lumarque. Each of these Haitian choreographers and company heads has a different relationship to the religion of Vodou, important in their lives and work, and to the concept of indigenism, formulated in the early 20th century by Haitian intellectuals, particularly Jean Price-Mars. Each has innovations—Gauthier uses the Haitian training technique, kultur physik, while Pierre and Lumarque fuse other elements and extend ideas of folklore to make contemporary pieces like “Chimin Kwaze,” a program by Pierre's company to which Bambara herself contributed and danced in. She concludes by mentioning other artists who have been taking Haitian dance into the 21st century.

Keywords: Celia Weiss Bambara; Viviane Gauthier; Florencia Pierre; Nicole Lumarque; Vodou; indigenism; Jean Price-Mars; kultur physik; Chimin Kwaze; Haitian dance

Chapter.  4268 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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