A view of the stage as dancers of the Ayicodans dance company performs for the 20th edition of the Quatre Chemins festival, at Center d'Art, Port-au-Prince, on November 20, 2023. Juhakenson Blaise/ The Haitian Times

PORT-AU-PRINCE —  At the launch of the 20th edition of the 'Quatre Chemins Festival,' the dancers of Ayicodans dance company staged an impassioned performance, their well-orchestrated dance choreography titled 'Improviso' conveyed an initial sense of suffering, evolving into a powerful manifestation of resistance. The dancers' immersive portrayal resonated deeply, reflecting Haiti's turbulent socio-political landscape that continues to hamper artists' creative productions across various art forms.

This year's Quatre Chemins Festival, held at the 'Centre D’Art' in Port-au-Prince under the theme "Revez l'impossible: Oser/Rever/Pays" (Dreaming the impossible: Dare/Dream/Country), highlighted the prominence of the dance art form.


The Quatre Chemins Festival's 20th edition launched with compelling dance performance continues its journey and persists in providing a sanctuary for theater and dance artists amidst Haiti's prevalent challenges.

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I am Juhakenson Blaise, a journalist based in the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I cover the news that develops in this city and deals with other subjects related to the experience of Haitians for the Haitian Times newspaper. I am also a lover of poetry.