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Haitian dance troupe Ayikodans Comes Back to Arsht Center

Haiti’s luck is so bad that even Afghanistan is like, “Damn, Haiti, you got some bad luck.” Witness 2010’s catastrophic and utterly devastating earthquake, which destroyed Haiti’s National Assembly building and its Presidential Palace (and about three hundred thousand other residences.) That never happens. Regardless of the scale of a natural disaster, you never see a country’s parliament forced to meet in a classroom because its building doesn’t exist any longer. Unless, of course, that country is poor Haiti. And, of course, matters weren’t helped a bit by the timing of the earthquake, which occurred just around the time when the global economy was really bottoming out. In the face of all that, why not dance? Of course, Jeanguy Saintus has been dancing for decades; he and his dance company Ayikodans didn’t need any prompting. They hit the road, landing in Miami last year and raising north of a hundred thousand dollars, which kept Saintus’ dance school open, enabled him to pay his dancers, and set the company on a yearlong path that culminates with this weekend’s return to the Arsht. (FULL ARTICLE: Jordan Levin, The Miami Herald)