First performed in April 2012 at the Théâtre de Nîmes in France, Alain Buffard’s Baron Samedi is named after a Haitian “Vaudou” spirit. A tutelary figure for the work, Baron Samedi invokes ghosts, extracts the perfect dancing body and is a symbol of visibility in life and invisibility in death. Featuring an international cast including Nadia Beugré, David Thomson and Will Rawls (among others), Buffard continues his longstanding connection with music as thematic source material, harnessing the music of Kurt Weill performed by live musicians to bring Baron Samedi to life.
May 1 Stay Late Reception: Remembering Alain, Carla Peterson Celebrates the Life and Work of Alain Buffard
May 2 Come Early Conversation: Baron Samedi – Symbolism & Practice in Haitian Voodoo moderated by Whitney V. Hunter, PhD Candidate, Director of Whitney Hunter [MEDIUM]
The performance of BARON SAMEDI is part of DANSE: A French-American Festival of Performance and Ideas, New York City
May 1st-18, 2014, organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States
With additional support from the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, Institut français and Région Languedoc Roussillon.