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FSP@PPG: Performing Hayti/Haiti/History

Dasha A. Chapman, Aya Shabu, & Leyla McCalla
June 14th, 2017
6:30 PM


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Power Plant Gallery (320 Blackwell Street, American Tobacco Campus, Durham)

Light refreshments served following the discussion

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.


Dasha A. Chapman

Duke University

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, ...

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Leyla McCalla

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 ...

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Aya Shabu

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 ...

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Laurent Dubois

Duke University

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 ...

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