Ayikodans, Haiti’s premier dance troupe, returns Dec. 20-22 to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County to thrill audiences with a world premiere of a new work called Tribulations and an expanded version of Danse de l’arraignée (Dance of the Spider) – all performed by the company’s incredibly fierce dancers and accompanied by an ensemble of drummers and vocalists.
Founded by Haitian-born choreographer, dancer and educator Jeanguy Saintus Riché, Ayikodans is considered to be the premiere professional dance company of Haiti. Saintus has enabled the emergence of a new, contemporary Haitian aesthetic that, while rooted in tradition, reflects a modern Caribbean culture and creativity.
Ayikodans company members have danced on stages in Latin America, Europe, the United States and Asia at such venues as the Arsht Center in Florida, Carnegie Hall in New York, The Netherlands’ Muziegebow and Tropentheater, and Teatro Anayanzi in Panama.
“Lean, narrow-framed and muscular to a degree exceptional even for the dance world, they’re built like greyhounds — but with the ferocity of tigers,” the Miami Herald wrote. “Add powerful live drumming, and Ayikodans has a terrifically intense — and at times overwhelming — impact.”
Presented in partnership with Green Family Foundation, Ayikodans will appear in four performances at the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., in downtown Miami.
Info: 305-949-6722; www.arshtcenter.org/tickets/calendar/2013-2014-season/dance-at-arsht/ayikodans/