Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

In Memorium: Vivianne Gauthier

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

In Memorium: Vivianne Gauthier

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Vivianne Gauthier (March 17, 1918-June 1, 2017), icon of traditional Haitian dance has joined the ancestors. At the age of 19, after completing her studies, despite the reluctance of her parents, she stood up and gave free rein to her passion which was dance, passion dating from her childhood.

Vivianne Gauthier, whose vivacity and know-how remains a model to follow, has never ceased, despite her age, to participate with remarkable tenacity in the formation of youth and the promotion of traditional dance in particular and the Haitian culture in general.

Vivianne Gauthier, who has received many honors (Honor and Merit of the Choir of the Cathedral, August 2001; Honor and Merit of President Fran?ois DUVALIER for Culture, 1961; - Engraved table for the fight in the Development of Haitian Culture, 1996; Homage to the National Television of Haiti for Dance, December 23, 1997; Honorary Board of SOROPTIMIST International Club of Port-au-Prince awarded to Mrs. Vivianne Gauthier for her construction for the advancement of her profession, March 7, 1999; Honorary Table and Merit awarded by CELICOOP to Mrs. Vivianne Gauthier for his outstanding contribution to the Haitian Community, February 25, 2002; Homage to the Status of Women and Women's Rights, April 27, 2003; and Oscar of the "Woman of Merit", awarded by the Fondation D?fi , 21 March 2009) as a sign of respect for her work in dance, remains a monument for the artistic and cultural sector of Haiti.

In 2001, she mounted "1804" (with Fr?d?ric Surpris), the first Haitian musical on stage that required twenty dancers and dancers, four drums, a flute, dozens of costumes, a sound and light infrastructure via the initiative of Productions Artistiques Fr? …

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