Borderbend has presented and co-presented several events over the past six years which focus on connections with Haiti. During the Third Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival we presented a an event at the Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy during an ensemble led by Maksaens Denis performed with Douglas R. Ewart, Ann Ward and Eric Glick Rieman. Denis' ensemble of dancers and percussionists were in Jacmel, Haiti; that collaboration happened via Skype. Also earlier this year a "Chicago Heroes & Arts Journeys" session at Mozart Park focused on Jean Baptiste Point du Sable and Katherine Dunham.
In October Borderbend, Crossing Borders Music, and the Haitian American Museum of Chicago are partnering on a pioneering collaborative to co-present Diaspora Voices: Music by Haitian American Composers. Really looking forward to that!