Mar. 31, 2011
Candler School of Theology is sponsoring "Resurrection from the Rubble," a performance by The Resurrection Dance Theatre of Haiti, on Monday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in Cannon Chapel on the Emory campus. The performance is free and open to the public; an offering will be taken, with all proceeds benefiting children in Haiti. A reception and an opportunity to purchase Haitian-made goods will take place in Brooks Commons immediately following the performance.
The Resurrection Dance Theatre of Haiti is an internationally recognized dance troupe of former orphaned street children and child slaves in Haiti. The troupe uses drumming and dance to vibrantly tell their story, lift up hearts, and share the liberating message that with faith and determination all things are possible.
The RDTH performs on behalf of the St. Joseph Family charitable organization for children in Haiti. For 26 years this organization has taken in abandoned children and raised them up to be a new generation of young Haitian servant-leaders who invest in other Haitians to create a new Haiti.
The January 2010 earthquake in Haiti destroyed St. Joseph’s main facility in Port-au-Prince. In addition to the building being a primary residence for St. Joseph’s children, it served as a center for teaching and empowering other Haitian children through the arts. The 2010 "Resurrection from the Rubble" tour raised $175,000 to dismantle the wreckage of the facility and begin the rebuilding process. The 2011 tour goal is $250,000 to fund continued rebuilding.
The Resurrection Dance Theatre’s United States tour is co-sponsored by The Haitian Timoun Foundation and its president, Rev. Rick Barger, pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Suwanee, GA.