The Ezili Dantò Spoken Word Dance Theater
(The Premier Performance, Poetry, West African and Haitian Dance Company.)>
Ezili Dantò brings audiences vibrant
performances that leave them with an understanding of Haiti's links
to Africa and the African Diaspora and the tiny nation's major role
as a model in the development of modern U.S. culture.
Ezili Dantò also provides: An Offering of Creative Performance and
Educational Solutions through Dance, Theatre, and Writing Workshops.
Through dance, performance-poetry and
creative writing for stage, The Ezili Dantò Spoken Word Dance Theatre
brings their multicultural and dynamic life experiences to classroom
students, audiences, special commemorations and cultural events. The
curriculum models are adaptable for K-16 and beyond to teacher-in-services,
diversity training, corporate training sessions for major corporations;
to educational concert and workshop presentations for schools, community
associations, forums and major universities. Whether using creative
writing, Afro-Haitian dance or theatre, the custom-designed curriculum
help students connect what they learn in school to real life experience.
Ezili Dantò presents historically based
plays and true-life stories as steppingstones to learning critical thinking
skills, problem-solving and creating compositions out of self-expression.
Students and participants discover their own stories, explore
personal vision and uniqueness. They learn to honor their experiences
while building self-esteem.
Ezili Dantò's Spoken Word Dance Theater
represents artists whose art is a way for them to empower, honor, respect
and refer to their own culture for strength, abundance, self-reliance
and expanded awareness and to publicize and promote their own ancestor's
great contributions toward world harmony and liberty. The company entertains
as well as brings to application, the commitment, community and compassion
that was first displayed by the indomitable spirit of her African ancestors
- the amalgamated African tribes who became Haitians in the land of
the Taino/Arawaks. The artists with EziliDantò
are representatives of the new Africans who created the first Republic
in the Western Hemisphere; who wrote the first Constitution to expressly
recognized the equality of men and women and of all peoples irrespective
of race, color or creed; who were the first to legally abolish slavery
(67 years before the US, 47 years before France), and, who created the
Kreyol language and Vodun psychology that first
synchronized the promise of the America's diverse peoples,
and, therefore where the first settlers to apply creative and inclusive
vision to actualize humane co-habitation, unity and order in the Western
Hemisphere. Marguerite's company works to bring these ancestral visions
to the forefront and to promote their application globally through law,
dance, drama, poetry and creative writing.