Dancer-choreographer Jean-René Delsoin is celebrating 30 years of service to dance performance and instruction in Haiti and abroad. Born in Port-au-Prince, Mr. Delsoin began dance studies in Haiti, followed by training at the National School Dance of Jamaica, and the Alvin Ailey School among other renowned institutions. His international dance credits include appearances with American choreographer Kevin Iega Jeff’s Jubilations!, and a two-year Latin American tour with Dominican singer Angela Carrasco. In 1987, Mr. Delsoin founded and co-directed Artcho Danse Repertoire and its affiliate school. In 2004, he ventured out on his own to form the Jean-René Delsoin Dance Center, as well as a company project now called the Compagnie de Danse Jean-René Delsoin (COJRD).
COJRD brings the richness of cultural expression and dances in Haiti to the world. It aims to bridge diverse communities worldwide by creating and producing dances of the highest level of artistry and versatility. The company’s repertory currently includes 50 works created by Mr. Delsoin and guest choreographers from Haiti and abroad.