Masterclass with Louis Henderson at Document Film Festival 2018

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30 November 2018

Scottish Youth Theatre
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The Living and the Dead Ensemble,Ouvertures, 2017-ongoing. Courtesy of the artists.

Join artist Louis Henderson for a SUPERLUX Masterclass in Glasgow that will introduce his practice and recent work.

Henderson will present an ongoing project titled Ouvertures, authored by the artist group The Living and the Dead Ensemble (Atchasou, Léonard Jean Baptiste, Mackenson Bijou, Rossi Jacques Casimir, Dieuvela Cherestal, James Desiris, James Fleurissaint, Louis Henderson, Cynthia Maignan, Olivier Marboeuf and Zakh Turin) that was created in Port-au-Prince in 2017.

Ouvertures questions the contemporary relevance of the Haitian revolution through a series of translation workshops, a play by Édouard Glissant and a feature film improvised by The Living and the Dead Ensemble.

The project engages questions of representation and the telling of history through orality and body gesture. Made between France and Haiti, and developed through collective processes of writing and improvisation, the work attempts ways of filmmaking as anti-colonial method.

The Living and the Dead Ensemble first gathered in July 2017 for the Monsieur Toussaint Sessions workshop at the Centre d’art in Port-au-Prince, where they were working together on translating Monsieur Toussaint (a play by Édouard Glissant) from French to Haitian Kreyol.

Focusing on theatre, cinema, poetry, song, slam and rap, they performed the Kreyol version of the play in the cemetery of Port-au-Prince as part of the Ghetto Biennale 2017.

About the artist

Louis Henderson

Louis Henderson is a filmmaker who is currently trying to find new ways of working with people to address and question our current global condition defined by racial capitalism and ever-present histories of the European colonial project. The working method is archaeological. Henderson has shown his work at venues including International Film Festival Rotterdam , Doc Lisboa, CPH:DOX, New York Film Festival, The Contour Biennial, The Kiev Biennial, The Centre Pompidou, SAVVY Contemporary, The Gene Siskell Film Centre, Gasworks and Tate Britain. His work is in the public collection of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques, France and is distributed by LUX (UK) and Video Data Bank (USA).

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