Rendez-Vous Lakay by Djennie Laguerre
This is the story of two sisters, 1st generation Haitian-Canadian women who travel to Haiti, sent by their mother to their father’s funeral, a man the never knew. Upon arrival, as it is their first time in the country, their ideas and expectations are completely subverted and the trip becomes a journey of love, humour, and a deep exploration of the dance and storytelling traditions of Haiti.
PLAYWRIGHT / PERFORMER
Djennie Laguerre is a graduate of The Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting and the University of Ottawa (BAC ARTS). Theatre credits: Espoir/Espwa, Imaginary Invalid, *Les Zinspirés and Les Zinspirés 3D (Théâtre Français de Toronto), Rez Sisters (Factory Theatre), Rendez-Vous with Home/ Lakay presented at Summerworks Festival and the Théâtre Français de Toronto and many storytelling festivals ;Le festival Le Loup de Lafontaine / Les Contes Nomades/NAC-Ottawa. Seventeen (Anonymous) Women (Infinitheatre, Montreal). Film/TV credits: Madame Bonheur for MiniTFO/TVO, Flashpoint and Degrassi Junior High. A teaching Artist with OAC and Young’s Peoples Theatre. *Recipient of the Summerworks Festival’s Spotlight Award 2008 for Rendez-vous with Home and *Dora Nominations for ‘Outstanding Performance- Ensemble’ for Les Zinspirés also Individual and Ensemble Performance for Les ZINSPIRÉS 3D. New work: Mother Sea/ Manman la Mer @Summerworks Festival, August 2017. AYIBOBO!.
Dayane Ntibarikure is a multifaceted bilingual artist who tells stories with her voice, body, heart and soul. Not born but raised in Montreal, this is also where she stumbled upon the performing arts and decided to make it a lifelong love story. Acting, singing and dancing have always been her main outlets of creativity so as a director, she is constantly discovering ways to naturally integrate movement and voice into her work. As an alumni of the Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program, Dayane is delighted to be directing the company’s remounting of their 2018 school tour Rendez-vous with home’ which will be presented in French. She remains forever grateful to her Black Theatre Workshop family, who allows her to explore her obsession of human connection.
MUSICIAN / DRUMMER
Karl Henry Brézault
Born in Montreal of Haitian parents, drummer Karl-Henry Brézault took on the mission to preserve and share the richness of Haitian culture through it’s many traditional rhythms. Attracted by this mysterious instrument since his childhood, he started playing seriously in 2005 and had the chance to learn with master Haitian drummers such as Wikenson d’Haiti, Jean Rody Joseph and Ronald Nazaire. Karl is now part of Montreal’s music scene as a member and cofounder of the Haitian traditional music group Rara Soley and also as a member of Ayiti Percu, group that focuses on sharing the culture by offering drumming workshops and classes to children.
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