Colette Eloi

Artistic Director of El Wah Movement

Oakland, CA

Colette Eloi is an artist and student of the diverse dance styles of the African Diaspora along with Ballet and Modern. Her emphasis is on Haiti, the native land of her parents. As a dancer/choreographer Eloi has performed extensively, both nationally and internationally. She is artistic director of El Wah Movement, which presents Haitian dance, along with African Diaspora Dance. Her new work will use the folkloric dances of Haiti to address some of the country’s issues in association with the western world. Eloi will offer social commentary about the politics of poverty through both traditional and contemporized Hatian dance, as well as sound and projected visuals.


2009 Festival Weekend 2 Artist

“The Politics of Poverty”

Over a period of four centuries, millions of West Africans were transported to North America and the Caribbean Islands in the Atlantic Slave trade. Colette Eloi, a Haitian-American educator, choreographer and dancer offers a passionate exploration of the politics of poverty in Haiti and America. A powerful ensemble of young women blend traditional and contemporized Haitian dance with hard-hitting social commentary. “A wise griot once told me that I couldn’t stay mad… it results in sickness. I asked him what do you do when your soul has been raped. Won’t this make you mad, how could you just tell me to calm down and forget? I did not say to forget. Big Medicine is required. Big Medicine.”

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Now that I am on the other side of Performing Diaspora where I presented the piece “The Politics of Poverty” – Sankofa Wisdom, I would just like to say whew. I really enjoyed all the different cultural groups and learning more about their artistry. Looking into the subject of Poverty was painful on my heart. […]

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I wonder if my ancestors imaged that their children would ever come back home to Africa. After experiencing being captured beat, chained together and walked miles and miles from their homes, ancestral lands, family, language, culture, religion, food, flora and fauna to sit and wait in a dungeon. To be taken to a place on […]

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If I were being safe I would say my art form is Haitian Folkloric Dance, then I would expound on it. However this would not be absolutely accurate. I am Haitian blooded African American raised in the United States by Haitian immigrants….”black”. The two cultures are quite distinct yet share a “way”,”taste”, “movement”. This gives […]

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