MFA (SUNY College at Brockport) is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. She is the founder of the Imbali Center for Creative Movement, where she teaches dance and "the philosophy and love for dance." Her master's thesis is the first study of the Ponum, St. Martin's national dance. Reyes choreographed the national dance for the Ponum documentary film, which is still in production at House of Nehesi Publishers. Her staged works include Emancipation, In the Company of Women dance-theater (2003), Ponum the Musical – St. Martin's Dance of Liberation (2003), and St. Martin Is My Home (2006). Reyes is a recipient of the Conscious Lyrics Foundation "Personality of the Year Award" and a teacher at the St. Maarten Academy. In 2004, the John Larmonie Center for Creative Arts named one of its dance halls in honor of this first lady of St. Martin dance. (© 2006 by House of Nehesi Publishers)
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On Sint Maarten, Winternachten collaborates with the Philipsburg Jubilee Library. Crossing the Seas - as the event is called here, is an evening with readings by writers and poets. The participating authors from Sint Maarten are Peter Lake, Lucinda Audain, Lenworth Wilson Jr. and Mathilda Richards, with music and song by Amin Bouabdelli, Changa Hickinson, Donovan Froston, Erika van Putten and Shanella Romey James. The foreign authors in this programme are Bas Heijne (Netherlands), Yasmine Allas (Netherlands/Somalia), Bernice Chauly (Maleysia) and Iman Humaydan (Lebanon). All texts read by the foreign authors will be projected simultaneously in English translation. The M.C. is Clara Reyes.
Except for this public programme, the library also organises peformances of the writers in high schools and at the Sint Maarten University.
Philipsburg Community and Cultural Center, Backstreet. Wednesday 14 April, 7 p.m. Admission is free.
An evening with storytelling, music and poetry by Gabeba Baderoon from South Africa, Ramsey Nasr from The Netherlands, from Sint Maarten the storytellers Jozef Makou and Leon Noel and the group of poets called The Young Poets Society. De Curaçao/Dutch singer Izaline Calister sings stories put to music from Curaçao and The Netherlands. She will be accompanied by the percussionist Pernell Luciano Saturnino from Curaçao and the Dutch guitarist Edvard Verhoef. Clara Reyes is the MC of this multifacetted literary evening.
An evening with readings of prose and poetry by writer Nukila Amal from Indonesia, poet Jit Narain from Suriname and Fabian Badejo, Sonia Hodge and The Young Poets from Sint Maarten. Clara Reyes is MC of this multifacetted evening. Music by Connis van der Pool.