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Compagnie de Danse Jean-René Delsoin


October 2012 marks Dancer-Choreographer Jean-René Delsoin’s 25th year of service to dance performance and instruction in Haiti. Born in Port-au-Prince, Mr. Delsoin began dance studies in Haiti, followed by training at the National School Dance of Jamaica, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center among other prestigious institutions. His international dance credits include appearances with American choreographer Kevin Iega Jeff’s Jubilations!, and a two-year Latin American tour with Dominican singer Angela Carrasco. In 1987, Mr. Delsoin founded and co-directed Artcho Danse Repertoire and its affiliate school.

In 2004, he ventured out on his own to form the Jean-René Delsoin Dance Center, as well as a company project now called the Compagnie de Danse Jean-René Delsoin (COJRD). COJRD brings the richness of cultural expression and dances in Haiti to the world. It aims to bridge diverse communities worldwide by creating and producing dances of the highest level of artistry and versatility. For Mr. Delsoin, dance is as borderless as the dancing body is both particular and universal. Dance is accessible to all: its messages resonate in Haiti and in all reaches of the globe.

Fifty works by Mr. Delsoin and five choreographers from Haiti and abroad utilize modern, jazz and contemporary dance techniques and traditional Haitian dance vocabularies. These dance performances explore quotidian practices and concerns in Haiti alongside universal themes. The fusion of techniques in COJRD champions Haiti now: it is the vision of a contemporary Haitian who nurtures his traditions and mores while living in the present and embracing what the future holds.
Compagnie de Danse Jean-René Delsoin