speaker. teacher. Strategist. Performer.
"Dedicated to achieving my long term goal to seamlessly combine my passion for Haiti, people, medicine, and dance in such a way that allows for large scale ‘healing,’ I have created body of work whose impetus comes from a background heavily rooted in the tradition, philosophy, culture, and religion of Vodou. With two elder Vodouissant parents, I have forever been faced with the challenge of merging my life and interests growing up in inner-city New York with the responsibility of guarding and maintaining a tradition I inherited. Dance became one of the many tools I use to balance all this. Choreography as methodology, in conjunction with writing, has allowed me to effectively to explore essential questions regarding the emotional, physical, spiritual, and psychological stability of women, men, and children of African descent and mobilize communities against the effects of institutionalized violence on peoples of color and their health. Through creative production and through the conceptualization of trauma and recovery for black people in America and in the diaspora, I have been able to embark on the journey to expanding the notion of healing. Fundamental to my work is the idea that everyone and anyone, despite their background or prior knowledge of my work, can use my work and my story the launching pad for working toward their own liberation. "
~ V. Ignace
~ V. Ignace
Past & future events
Every Body Move Celebration: A Movement of Many Panel Discussion
Sat., June 9 | Barnard College
This FREE half-day intergenerational event celebrates the power of creative citizenship! The discussion featured Hatuey Ramos-Fermín, Director of Programs and Community Engagement at The Laundromat Project, Ebony Noelle Golden, CEO of Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative, and Desmond Seymour, founder of Doula For Dad,
2018 Re-Imagining Black Girls' and Women's Health Symposium and Workshop
Friday, May 18 | Towson University
The event, held in the West Village Commons Ballrooms, featured Jessica Care Moore, Sonia Sanchez, Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Dr. Layli Maparyan and more. Ignace presented a poster presentation on "Implementing Haitian Feminist Theory in Dance Practice and Public Health for Collective Healing."
Ayiti: A Modern Revolution
Sat. Jan. 13 | 7-10pm | Flushing Town Hall
A cultural night and charity event commemorating the 8th anniversary of the January 12th earthquake with a Historical look at Haiti to the Present. The event featured music, poetry, theater, and dance by several artists including Claire Judine Saintil, Schneider Laurent, Ludwine Joseph and more!
All proceeds collected went to benefit of Haiti Global Village.
Nuit des Racines/ Roots Night
Sat, Dec. 1st | 7-11pm | 1515 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn NY 11226
Kriyol Dance! Collective presents "Nuit des Racine/Roots Night!" An annual event to dance to the sounds of Racine Okan and Kriyol Dance! Collective, and celebrate Haitian culture in Brooklyn. Tickets are $15 and come with one official Kriyol Dance! tote bag. Proceeds collected will be used to support the continued creative and community work of KDC in Brooklyn and in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. For more tickets click here.
Implementing Haitian Feminist Theory in Dance Practice and Public Health
American Public Health Association 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo
Mon, Nov. 6 | 2:30-4pm | Omni Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia
A presentation featured in a roundtable session on "African American Women's Health Across the Lifespan" hosted by the Black Caucus of Health Workers and moderated by Dr. Leconte Dill, PhD MPH.