€10 / €7
French, Haitian Creole
The Living and the Dead Ensemble unites eight Haitian poets and performers. Together with filmmaker Louis Henderson and curator Olivier Marboeuf, they explore new narratives for the history and the present of Haiti. For Kunstenfestivaldesarts they conceive a twofold project. During the day, the space presents Ouvertures, the ensemble’s first fi lm premiered at the Berlinale this year, imagining the return of Toussaint Louverture — the hero of the Haitian Revolution, — to today’s Port-au-Prince and its young generation. When the night falls, the space is transformed by The Wake. Closely linked to the world of plantation, Black Caribbean poetic sees the day as linked with forced labor and violence, and the night as a space for re-composition for a community of exhausted bodies; a place for reparations, cultural reinvention, and preparation for combats to come. By bringing together poetry, moving images, songs and guest, The Wake is a nocturnal performance travelling throughout history and several nights: from the one of August 1791 in Bois Caïman, Haiti — where a slaves’ assembly started the revolution for independence, — until the largest riot in modern French history, erupted in Clichy-sous-Bois on a night in 2005. By the presentation of the two projects The Living and the Dead Ensemble constructs a singular and mysterious narrative, that bears witness to Haiti’s cultural richness and its poetic forces.
See also : Ouvertures
Performers: Mackenson Bijou, Rossi Jacques Casimir, Dieuvela Cherestal, James Desiris,
Léonard Jean Baptiste, Cynthia Maignan, Sophonie Maignan, Mimétik Nèg.
Direction : Olivier Marboeuf
Images: Louis Henderson
Sound design: Victor Donati
Additionnal music: Joao Polido
Coproduction: Spectre Productions, Le théâtre de l’Usine, Les Ateliers Médicis,
Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Z33, The Showroom
With the support of: Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image animée, Art Council
England, Fondation des Artistes, Sint Lucas-Gent
The Living and the Dead Ensemble The Living and the Dead Ensemble are a group of artists, performers and poets from Haiti, France and the United Kingdom. They initially came together in Haiti 2017, to produce the Haitian Creole translation and performance of the play Monsieur Toussaint by Édouard Glissant. Initiated from an original idea by Louis Henderson and Olivier Marboeuf, who have been collaborating as a director/producer partnership since 2014, the Ensemble’s first film OUVERTURES will be premiered at Berlinale 2020. Their work explores different possible methods of telling the history of Haiti, the first independent black republic in the Americas. Navigating from the utopia of a radical and anticolonial democracy up until the catastrophic situation the country faces today, the Ensemble produce texts, performances, films and installations, that reveal the cultural richness of Haiti from within a social, political and ecological crisis.
The Living and The Dead Ensemble are the associated artists of Olivier Marboeuf’s residency at Ateliers Médicis during the 2019/2020 season.Back to top