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About Caribbean/The Future

Caribbean/The Future as a title for this project underscores two urgent questions. One is a desire to see into the cultural future of Caribbean people while also proposing that many of the traits visibly inherent within the cultural practices of the region are futuring practices themselves. Taking this inquiry a step further Caribbean/The Future aims to create embodied and performed experiences to consider the deep resonances of what has been inherited as ‘the Caribbean’. Through multiple disciplines, we interrogate the boundaries of what has been given in terms of Caribbean identity, and seek to address the central question: what can the Caribbean become going forward, not only as a site of cultural autonomy and belonging but as an ongoing constructed project? 

Caribbean/The Future Project is a curatorial initiative designed by Candace Thompson-Zachery, Director of Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE, that functions through the mediums of dance and movement with its intersections with visual art, discursive expositions, public engagement and installation.

About the Creator

Creator of the project Candace Thompson-Zachery, born in Trinidad and Tobago, now local to Brooklyn, NY, operates between the spheres of dance, cultural production and fitness and wellness, with a focus on the Contemporary Caribbean. She has had an established career as a performer, choreographer,
fitness professional, cultural producer, teaching artist, community facilitator and Caribbean dance specialist. In addition to her work in these areas, she leads CanDanceFit, a full service fitness and movement entity, ContempoCaribe, an ongoing choreography and performance
project and is the founder of Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE, an organisational platform for
Caribbean dance in the diaspora that spearheads the New Traditions Festival. A graduate of Adelphi University’s BFA in Dance, she has performed at the Queen’s Hall (T&T), Apollo Theater, the John F. Kennedy Center, New York Live Arts, has brought masterclasses to the Mark Morris Dance Center, Virginia Commonwealth University and The Ohio State University and has shown her work at Danspace Project, COCO Dance Festival (T&T), and the Brooklyn Museum. She has received special awards including being a part of the inaugural Dancing While Black Fellowship Cohort 2015/2016, an Adelphi University 2017 10 Under 10 program awardee, and a Dixon Place Artist-in-Residence for fall 2017. Candace is currently a candidate in the M.A. in Performance Curation at the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University, recently completed the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy at University of Pennsylvania with National Arts Strategies and most recently assisted Claire Tancons, a curator for Sharjah Biennial 14, on her performance focused platform ‘Look For Me All Around You’ .

About the Move + Discuss Series

The MOVE & DISCUSS SERIES is one of the programs under the Caribbean/The Future project. Living within the frames and myths of cultural inheritance, this program is a questioning of hyper-visible constructions of Caribbean cultural practice and speculates on their evolution, continuation and the kinds of roles they may play in the lives of those who identify with this culture. Each event is structured to open with an artistic activation, followed by a dialogic experience and closed by a community movement ritual, integrating the participant’s whole being into the event and providing real time feedback of the ideas discussed. 

First Caribbean/The Future Event

Move + Discuss Series 1: Caribbean Folk to the Future

Bringing together Folk practitioners, Cultural leaders + Caribbean enthusiasts to move, dialogue and share knowledge in a Cultural space.

Series 1: Caribbean Folk to the Future – What is its role?

With contemporary cultural production being fast paced, highly visible and increasingly commercialised, practitioners of traditional and folk forms, are tasked with the responsibility of making and maintaining the relevance of their work. This conversation turns the focus to understanding what Caribbean folk practices offer us today and how might they be useful to us in the future, looking at renewed interests, research practices and new age strategies.  Our goal is to create a space for intergenerational dialogue, cultural exchange and brainstorming around this issue.

Discussion + Movement
6:30PM – 9:30pm

Free w/RSVP via eventbrite:

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Discussion will be recorded to be made public at a later date.

Bio of Event Presenters

Kieron Sargeant is a Trinidadian Born Choreographer, Dancer, Researcher and Drummer. A holder of a Bachelors of Arts in Dance Education with a Minor in Cultural Studies from the University of the West Indies. He is currently on the returning professional MFA track in Choreography and Performance at Florida State University where his research is focused on African diaspora and Caribbean dance history, culture, critical theory, and embodied aesthetics. 》》 He has conducted Master Classes in Traditional Caribbean Folk Dance at The Brockport State University (NYC), Miami Dade College, Contemporary Choreographers Collective Dance Showcase (COCO) University of the Arts in Mexico, Arts Push Program in Tobago, Edna Manley School of the Performing Arts and Nigeria Dance Guild. 》》 He recently received a Choreographic Fellow Award to Nigeria from the Nigerian Dance Guild and Festival of African and Caribbean Culture.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Milteri Tucker holds degrees in Dance, Biology and Chemistry
as well as a Masters Degree in Dance Education from New York University. 》》
She is the founder
and artistic director of @bombazodanceco. Ms. Tucker has apprenticed and performed with
Bomba elders and distinguished families in San Juan, Santurce, Loíza, Cataño, Ponce,
Mayagüez and Arroyo, Puerto Rico. 》》
As an educator and master Bomba dancer, she lectures on
dance technique, figure and timing across the United States and the world.
SHERLEY DAVILMAR (ST. FORT) is the artistic director and co-founder of La Troupe Zetwal, a multicultural dance group that performs traditional Haitian dance with live drumming and percussions. She was born in Haiti and immigrated to New York with her family when she was four years of age. ~
Founded in 2001, La Troupe Zetwal has performed in the greater New York area for over fifteen years. Sherley Davilmar and the company aim to share Haitian pride through dance, music, and her special skill of storytelling.
Mrs. Davilmar (St. Fort) has studied and dances under Haitian dance giants such as Pierre Desrameaux, Mikerline Pierre & Mikerline Dance Company, and Lionel St. Surin, all greats who have studied under Vivian Gauthier. Mrs. Davilmar also studies and dances with Julio Jean, a renowned master Haitian dance teacher and choreographer with 20 years of experience, who studied under Lavinia Williams, a company member of Katherine Dunham, at the National School of Arts in Haiti.

Persephone DaCosta, is a renaissance woman whose passion for the arts and her community has led her to utilize dance; to preserve, educate and celebrate arts from Africa and the Caribbean Diaspora. Born of Trinidadian descent she is focused on traveling to the Caribbean and Africa to bring to life, “on stage” the commonalities of Caribbean Folk , Contemporary & Traditional African Dance. She is currently the founder and Artistic Director of Batingua Dance & Drums Productions LLC where her choreography focuses on West African, Trinidadian, Jamaican, and Haitian dances.
Andrew Clarke is a singer, actor, director, producer who is the Founder & Executive Director of Braata Productions, a three prong not for profit that includes the Braata Folk Singers, Braata Theatre Workshop and Braata Education & Outreach. ~
A graduate of the Edna Manley College School of Drama, Clarke is an accomplished vocalist with 30 gold medals, and numerous national awards from the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) National Festival of the Performing Arts Competition. ~
He is the 2008 recipient of the Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence in Arts and Culture, and in that same year he represented Jamaica at the World Championships for the Performing Arts in Hollywood, California where he was crowned Grand Champion Performer of the World. ~
In an effort to pursue his passion in theatre and music, he moved to New York City and within a year he started Braata Productions with the aim of helping to keep the Jamaican culture alive and ensure its sustained and rich legacy.
International Theatre credits: David Heron’s Ecstasy (UK tour) and a Jamaican adaptation of James Baldwin’s Amen Corner (nominated Best Actor in a Lead Role by the International Theatre Institute – Jamaica Chapter (ITI) Actor Boy Awards, Jamaica’s Tony Awards). Off-Off Broadway: Jestina’s Calypso, Positive, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, Space Between Two Heartbeats, Girl Without Wings, The Black That I Am, Flambeaux and most recently the World Premiere – Welcome to America: A Caribbean Musical which he also serves co-lyricist & composer on.

Michael Manswell – Dancer, Singer, Choreographer, Teaching Artist, and Artistic Director – began his artistic life as a storyteller at Arts Festivals, winning many prizes and awards.As a singer, he has toured Europe, the UK, and the Caribbean, and he has performed as a soloist in many productions of opera and oratorio, including Dido & Aeneas, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Fledermaus, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Messiah, Missa Criolla and Missa Luba. ~
He studied dance at the Trinidad Dance Theater with Eugene Joseph, training in Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Ballroom, and Folkloric styles. Michael worked with Geoffrey Holder on “Dougla II”, and “La Valse des Bakas” for TDT, and toured with the company in the USA and the Caribbean. ~
A prolific choreographer, he has created many works currently in the repertoire of Something Positive, as well as “Once Upon this Island” (Packer Collegiate Inst), and “Belle” (Brooklyn College). An orisha devotee in the Yoruba religion (Trinidad & Tobago), Mr. Manswell presents lectures and workshops in dance, music, and traditional religious practice, and has worked closely with the Interfaith Center and the Caribbean Cultural Center in their programs. ~
One of “Brooklyn’s Black Men of Distinction 2000” and one of Brooklyn’s Black Dance Kings (2010), Michael also teaches for Something Positive Inc., the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, the Brooklyn Arts Council the Caribbean Cultural Center.


Event Review + Photos!

As the creator of the project, I am pleased with what was shared, experienced and conjured, and hope that we all, ‘Walk with our own atmosphere’, as offered by Michael Manswell. 

If you wish to donate to this project, you can do that via my organisation Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE:

In the coming months I hope to write about the findings from the event and start to create more awareness publicly about the challenges faced by cultural practitioners. I hope I can count on you to spread the word. 
Photos by Jessica Gaines


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