Bare Feet Downtown Brooklyn: Julio Jean and Djarara (Haiti)
Join the host of Emmy®-winning travel series Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, as she brings some of her favorite dances to Downtown Brooklyn! Every Wednesday in June you’ll be transported on a cultural journey through music and dance, and of course FUN! Everyone is welcome to join on the dance floor!
Julio Jean is a renowned master Haitian dance teacher and choreographer, blending traditional Haitian forms with modern and contemporary dance to create compelling movement narratives. Julio studied at the National School of Arts in Haiti and worked directly with Katherine Dunham, teaching traditional Haitian dance for her teacher trainings. He has been a guest teacher at colleges and universities across the United States and in Mexico, Israel, and Austria, and has performed at Alvin Ailey and SummerStage. Julio is a guest teaching artist for DanceWave and Djoniba Dance and Drum Center and teaches at Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance. Julio is also a songwriter and composer and released the album, “Kenbe la,” which encompasses the panorama of traditional Haitian music.
Keeping the Rara tradition alive in America for almost 20 years, Djarara’s mission is to preserve Haitian culture and inspire Haitians abroad by playing traditional music. A unique form of festival music used for street processions, the distinctive Rara sound comes from metal “Kone,” horns - each is tuned to a single note with multiple players blowing different patterns to create complex melodies. Traditional song lyrics range from communicating news, to using coded messages to critique political systems. With infectious energy, Djarara performed on Wycleff Jean’s “Carnival” album and their song “Why” was named one of the top carnival songs of 2007 by Afropop Worldwide.