Louis Oldin, Jean Rose Deodine Petuelle and Marc-Elise Pierre are members of IAF grantee partner Troupe Culturelle Dahomey. They are based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The troupe formed from the cultural affairs department of Sant Pont Ayiti (SPA), which means “Haiti Bridge Center” in Haitian Creole. The troupe’s goal is to create a platform for cultural exchange and friendship between Haiti and its eastern Hispaniola neighbor the Dominican Republic.
Through music, dance and theater, the troupe preserves a Haitian traditional heritage for modern young people who turn their eyes and ears to foreign entertainment. The name “Dahomey” comes from the African kingdom now known as present-day Benin. Members of all ages perform throughout the Caribbean to teach Haitians and Afrodescendents about their shared culture and history.Photo credit: Robin Wyatt