Dance artist Gaspard Louis will develop Sodo, a work inspired by the photography of Phillis Galembo, whose portraits taken during the annual pilgrimage of thousands of Haitians to the Mirebalais waterfalls reveal the complexities of representation and the power inherent in being seen.
Gaspard Louis is the Founder/Artistic Director of Gaspard&Dancers (G&D). He received a BFA from Montclair State University and continued his dance studies on scholarship at Gus Giordano's in Chicago and Nikolais/Louis Dance Lab in New York. Following his studies, he joined the New York based company called AllNations where he performed traditional dances from many parts of the world for US troupes across the globe.
Subsequently, he performed and traveled worldwide with Pilobolus Dance Theater. He collaborated on the choreography of nine major dance works with the company and taught master dance classes both nationally and internationally. As the sole choreographer of G&D, Gaspard has created over 20 works for the company, some of which have been performed by Lula Washington Dance Company as well colleges and universities. He received an MFA in Dance from the Hollins University/American Dance Festival Program and became the Director of ADF’s year-round creative movement outreach program which provides free dance classes to youth in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill community of North Carolina. His passion for dance has continued to lead him to work with local dancers and musicians. Additionally, Gaspard has been a guest teacher at Duke, UNCSA, Elon and North Carolina Central Universities.