Each Body Is a Miracle comes to East Flatbush
Resident Artist Launches Project Exploring Health Issues of Haitians in East Flatbush
East Flatbush: Theatermaker, writer, and educator Diane Exavier is working with Haiti Cultural Exchange’s Lakou NOU program to launch Each Body Is a Miracle, a public art project that looks to explore health issues in the lives of Haitians living in East Flatbush. As a resident artist with the nonprofit organization that looks to develop, present, and promote the cultural expressions of Haitian people, Exavier will spend her fall focusing on the Haitian community of East Flatbush.
Largely inspired by her latest play, Good Blood, which tells the story of a Haitian family living in Brooklyn and their return to Haiti as they work to cure their history and secure their future, Exavier hopes to develop the text through research and social practice. In what she calls “active dramaturgy,” the artist looks forward to combining research and public programming to create a forum for community input that will help develop the play, which explores themes of intimacy, immigration, and health.
The project will take place in East Flatbush over the course of Fall 2017 in three parts:
From the journey of Caribbean immigrants as part of the African Diaspora to the arrival of the global epidemic of AIDS in 1980s New York, Good Blood crosses language, time, and even the ocean in an attempt to question the contracts we make, the conditions we live under, and what it means to reach for a love that might outlive you. This fall, Each Body Is a Miracle offers the community of East Flatbush a chance to ask some of the same questions the play’s characters tackle: How do we live every single day? How does that help us take care of our bodies? What are the conditions we agree to in order to do that?