All We Are Saying!

Collette Eloi’s “Voudoun opera,” SHE, reminds us of Junot Diaz’ Pulitzer-winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Both deal with the vast evil of their authors’ home countries, and both connect that evil to magic. But as part of the AfroSolo Performance Arts Festival Performance for Peace, Eloi’s story is considerably more optimistic than Diaz’ fatalistic one. SHE tells the story of a modern-day African-American woman whose modern problems are brought into perspective by a visit from a historical figure. Drawing on Haiti’s past, as Diaz does on the Dominican Republic’s, Eloi reminds her character and her audience that Haiti is still, and always will be, the only place slaves fought their captors and won. At the Performance for Peace, Eloi presents an excerpt of SHE, and is joined by dancer Paco Gomes, playwright Genny Lim, Tibetan monastic performer Tsering Bawa, jazz musician and poet Raymond Nat Turner, and psychologist Dr. Brenda Wade.
Sun., Aug. 8, 3 p.m., 2010

 
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