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The Living and the Dead Ensemble unites eight Haitian poets and performers. Together with filmmaker Louis Henderson and curator Olivier Marboeuf, they explore new narratives for the history and the present of Haiti. For Kunstenfestivaldesarts they conceive a twofold project. During the day, the space presents Ouvertures, the ensemble’s first fi lm premiered at the Berlinale this year, imagining the return of Toussaint Louverture – the hero of the Haitian Revolution, – to today’s Port-au-Prince and its young generation. When the night falls, the space is transformed by The Wake. Closely linked to the world of plantation, Black Caribbean poetic sees the day as linked with forced labor and violence, and the night as a space for re-composition for a community of exhausted bodies; a place for reparations, cultural reinvention, and preparation for combats to come. By bringing together poetry, moving images, songs and guest, The Wake is a nocturnal performance travelling throughout history and several nights: from the one of August 1791 in Bois Caïman, Haiti – where a slaves’ assembly started the revolution for independence, – until the largest riot in modern French history, erupted in Clichy-sous-Bois on a night in 2005. By the presentation of the two projects The Living and the Dead Ensemble constructs a singular and mysterious narrative, that bears witness to Haiti’s cultural richness and its poetic forces.

See also : The Wake

Confronted with the SARS-CoV-2 crisis, we had to cancel this project

Written and performed by The Living and the Dead Ensemble: Mackenson Bijou,
Rossi Jacques Casimir, Dieuvela Cherestal, James Desiris,James Fleurissaint, Louis Henderson, Léonard Jean Baptiste, Cynthia Maignan, Sophonie Maignan, Olivier Marboeuf, Mimétik Nèg
A film produced by: Spectre Productions
Coproduction: Home, La Fabrique Phantom
Producers: Olivier Marboeuf & Louis Henderson
Associate producer: Cédric Walter
Voice over: Jude Joseph
Haunted: Jephthé Carmil
Drummer: Atchasou
Conteur: You You
Direction: Louis Henderson & Olivier Marboeuf
Image France: Diana Vidrascu
Image Haiti: Louis Henderson
Music: João Polido
Sound France: Andre Fevre
Sound Haiti: Jean Marcaisse Bellegarde, Antonio Lefeuvre, Roudie Rigaud Marcelin
Assistance France: Jeremy Rossi
Assistance Haiti: Pierre Adler, Jeffriconne Henry Alphonse
Editing: Louis Henderson
Sound design: Gábor Ripli
Additional sound: Jules Wysocki
Sound mix: Mikaël Barre
Colour: Sergi Sánchez
Digital animation: Philippe Cuxac
Post-production coordination: Michel Balagué

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The Living and the Dead Ensemble
The Living and the Dead Ensemble are a group of artists, performers and poets from Haiti, France and the United Kingdom. They initially came together in Haiti 2017, to produce the Haitian Creole translation and performance of the play Monsieur Toussaint by Édouard Glissant. Initiated from an original idea by Louis Henderson and Olivier Marboeuf, who have been collaborating as a director/producer partnership since 2014, the Ensemble’s first film OUVERTURES will be premiered at Berlinale 2020. Their work explores different possible methods of telling the history of Haiti, the first independent black republic in the Americas. Navigating from the utopia of a radical and anticolonial democracy up until the catastrophic situation the country faces today, the Ensemble produce texts, performances, films and installations, that reveal the cultural richness of Haiti from within a social, political and ecological crisis.

The Living and The Dead Ensemble are the associated artists of Olivier Marboeuf’s residency at Ateliers Médicis during the 2019/2020 season.


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