On Saturday, June 22, the Memorial ACTe received the talented Haitian artistic director and choreographer Makerson François. The artist came to teach the Guadeloupean audience Krump, one of the branches of the big tree that is Hip Hop.
“It is always the people who aren’t there that get the blame” and this saying proved exact on Saturday, June 22 at the Memorial ACTe. Indeed, in order to extend “La Fête de la Musique”, celebrated every year on all French territories on June 21, the MACTe had decided to organize two other dance workshops the next day. Professional dancer Natty Montella introduced to participants Makerson François, Haitian dancer and choreographer who was the first to come and teach his art that day at the Congress and Living Arts Hall from 10:00 to 12:00. He had chosen to present to the audience Krump which is one of the dances of the Hip Hop movement, this street dance created in the disadvantaged districts in Los Angeles in the 2000s. Unfortunately, the workshop participants were not numerous perhaps because of a lack of communication on Makerson François’s professional career or on this American dance that he performs…
Anyway, those who were there take pleasure in listening to the artist talk about him, his career as a dancer and the story of Krump. In addition, Krump became famous thanks to the documentary “Rize” by photographer David LaChapelle, in 2005.
After several warm-up exercises, it was time to get down to business, that is to say, to learn the techniques to make the choreography and if, at first, it seemed very complicated, in the end the trainees were perfectly able to perform it, thanks to the choreographer’s explanations.
Born on March 18, 1990, Makerson François devoted himself entirely to dance from 2005, when he was 15 years old, because he received a scholarship from Artcho Danse awarded to the best dancers in Haiti. During his training, he studied several styles such as Hip Hop, classical dance, modern dance, contemporary dance or traditional Haitian dance. Then he worked in the dance company Jean René Delsoin and represented his country through various events in the Caribbean, China, the United States and France. In Guadeloupe, he passed the Technical Aptitude Examination (EAT) in contemporary dance. He was, among others, a dance teacher at the École Nationale des Arts (ÉNARTS), Dance for Life, Jenny École de Danse (JED) and the artistic director and choreographer of the troupe SIN-K. For more than 5 years, the artist who now has been living in our island works with the Guadeloupean company called Métis Gwa.
The talented Haitian art director and choreographer Makerson Francois should be quickly rescheduled at the Memorial ACTe, a new meeting that traditional and modern dance fans should not miss on no account.