A PLATFORM FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND A NETWORK FOR ARTIST-LED CHANGEMAKING.
Founded in 2016, Kriyol Dance! Collective (KDC) is a collective of artist-leaders working together, on one platform, to advocate for the unapologetic voices of Black arts through collaborative and unified work and intervention. KDC uses art - dance, music, and spoken word - as a tool for commentary creating original work focused on the preservation of Black diasporic culture and Haitian culture. KDC exists as a platform to promote community collaboration and wellness.
Kriyol Vodou Band is the official musical ensemble of Kriyol Dance! Collective. The group is working to develop a fusion sound which focuses on creating a unique, creative, artistic bridge between Haitian traditional rhythms and the polyrhythmic variations of contemporary Haitian roots sound.
OUR ARTISTIC VALUES
Collective Action and Creativity
We believe that everyone should find purpose in creating art. Art's capacity to heal, empower, inspire, and incite change should be remnant in the creative process. Likewise, Kriyol Dance! Collective strives to provide a space in which that capacity can be realized. As a collective of artist-leaders we nurture, and are active in, your artistic journey. Join us and become a part of the change!
THE FUTURE WE SEE
Kriyol Dance! Collective envisions its role in the future of socially engaged arts as that which helps to cultivate community consciousness for collective healing.
By creating culturally-informed work and addressing detrimental changes in physical, social, and political contexts of our community, we hope to influence the next generation of activists, visionaries, and advocates. By privileging stories and lived experiences, we hope to build the collective self. Youth participation plays a large role in our practice. We believe in unlocking their creative capacity to make change!