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2016 AFS/ISFNR Joint Meeting: Dan Crowley Memorial Concert
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An Evening of Caribbean Storytelling

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 8:00 pm -- 9:30 pm

Please join us for the 2016 Dan Crowley Memorial Concert, highlighting the stories and rhythms of Haiti and Cuba to reflect the immensely enriching influences of these cultures on the textures of life in South Florida.

Lucrece Louisdhon-Louinis and Louines LouinisLucrèce Louisdhon-Louinis is a storyteller, dancer, librarian, and Executive Director of the Louinès Louinis Haitian Dance Theater and Dance-A-Story, Inc. Her performances are marked by a vivacious and enchanting style that incorporates ethnic dance, stories and rhythm. Her storytelling repertoire includes Haitian, Caribbean and African folklore and songs. She has performed nationally and internationally at prestigious venues and festivals, such as Wertheim Performing Arts Center, American Museum of Natural History, Toronto Storytelling Festival, the Dublin City Library Multicultural Day, and at the Bibliothèque Méjanes’s Bookfest in Aix En Provence, France. She will be joined this evening by her husband, Louinès Louinis, a choreographer, dancer, musician, folklorist, founder and artistic director of The Louinès Louinis Haitian Dance Theater. Mr. Louines is recognized as a living treasure in the Haitian Diaspora, having taught, performed and choreographed Haitian dance for over fifty years. The couple was recently awarded the Florida Folk Heritage Award for their joint work on behalf of Haitian traditional culture in the state. Their touring program, Krik! Krak! Haitian Culture Through Storytelling & Rhythms, combines the best of Haitian folk traditions: stories, drum rhythms, songs and dance, into an interactive storytelling program geared to audience of all ages.

Tersi BendiburgTersi Bendiburg was born in Cuba and has lived in Georgia since the age of ten. Growing up in a community of Cuban exiles until her late teens she heard anecdotes and stories from her family as well as from the other Cuban elders in the community. These anecdotes, stories, and recipes wrapped in story, were precious to the members of this community who had left so much behind – not material objects, but, rather, a way of life. Since 1992 she has been telling stories professionally in metro Atlanta, the state of Georgia, and throughout the USA. Tersi has been on the roster of Young Audiences, later Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center, and finally Arts for Learning, Woodruff Arts Center working in local schools from 1993-2013. She tells a wide range of folktales from Spanish-speaking Caribbean cultures to audiences of all ages. Along with her sister, Carmen Agra Deedy, Tersi is a force for preserving and transmitting Cuban heritage in the U.S.

 Photos courtesy of the artists.


Sponsored by the AFS Storytelling Section. 

Tickets: $15. Section members may enter the promo code SAVE5 to receive $5.00 off the ticket price. Tickets will be sent by email to purchasers a week or so before the meeting, and/or may be picked up at the registration desk at the meeting.

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