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The 2016 Dan Crowley Memorial Concert Will Feature the Stories and Rhythms of Haiti and Cuba

Thursday, October 13, 2016   (0 Comments)
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By Joseph Sobol (Storytelling Section Co-convener) --

The 2016 Dan Crowley Memorial Concert, sponsored by the AFS Storytelling Section, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 8-9:30pm. The concert will feature An Evening of Caribbean Storytelling, featuring the stories and rhythms of Haiti and Cuba. 

Lucrèce 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 at venues such as Wertheim Performing Arts Center, North Miami Beach Julius Littman Performing Arts Theater, Little Haiti Cultural Center, American Museum of Natural History, New York Public Library, Queens Public Library, the Miami-Dade Public Library and at the Florida Storytelling Festival, Mount Dora, FL.  Internationally, she has performed at such prestigious events as Toronto Storytelling Festival, Canada; Dublin City Library Multicultural Day, Ireland; Library Board of Accra Cultural Exchange, Ghana and at the Bibliothèque Méjanes’s Bookfest in Aix En Provence, France. She will b!
e joined by her husband and artistic partner, 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.

Tersi 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 and other parts of Georgia as well as in Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Arkansas, and Utah. Tersi was 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. Tersi 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.

An Evening of Caribbean Storytelling, featuring the stories and rhythms of Haiti and Cuba, the 2016 Dan Crowley Memorial Concert, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 8-9:30pm, in Hibiscus A room of the Hyatt Regency, Miami. Tickets are $15 ($10 for AFS Storytelling Section members). We appreciate pre-registrations through the AFS office, but tickets will also be available at the door.


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