FSP@PPG: Performing Hayti/Haiti/History
An FSP@PPG Event
Join us for an evening with Haitian-American musician Leyla McCalla, and #PPGArtists-in-residence Dasha A. Chapman and Aya Shabu, in a program moderated by Duke professor Laurent Dubois. Through dialogue and performance, participants will explore the possibilities of excavating and expressing the linked histories of Durham’s Hayti neighborhood and Haiti, the western hemisphere’s first Black republic.
Free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided. Co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and the Power Plant Gallery. The Power Plant Gallery is an initiative of the Center for Documentary Studies and the Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University.
Leyla McCalla is a New York-born Haitian-American living in New Orleans, who sings in French, Haitian Creole, and English, and plays cello, tenor banjo, and guitar. Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun, and Haitian music, as well as by American jazz and folk, her music is at once earthy, elegant,…...Read More
Dasha A. Chapman is the Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University, working alongside Duke’s Haiti Lab, the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, and Dance. Dasha’s research engages African diaspora theory, performance studies, ethnography, and the queer Caribbean. She received her…...Read More
Aya Shabu is a professional dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist living in Durham, North Carolina. A 2012-2013 Emerging Artist Grant recipient, Aya has choreographed for some of the Triangle's best theatrical productions, most notably The Parchman Hour, I Love My Hair and The Brothers Size. An alum of the nationally…...Read More
Laurent Dubois is Professor of Romance Studies and History and the founder and Faculty Director of the Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke University. From 2010 to 2013, he was the co-director of the Haiti Laboratory of the Franklin Humanities Institute. He is the author of six books, including…...Read More