Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 15, 2012


The U.S. Department of State announced today that Haitian performers Compagnie de Danse Jean-René Delsoin will travel to communities across America as part of a cultural diplomacy initiative, Center StageSM, October 16 - November 10, 2012.

Building on Secretary Clinton’s emphasis on utilizing “smart power,” Center StageSM brings performing artists from Haiti, Indonesia, and Pakistan to the United States to interact with American audiences in 60 medium and small-sized towns and cities, using the performing arts to create opportunities for greater understanding.

Compagnie de Danse Jean-René Delsoin will kick off their tour on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 6 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. The performance is free and open to the public. It will also be broadcasted live here.

This tour will take Compagnie de Danse Jean-René Delsoin to Washington DC; Miami, FL; Hartsville, SC; Wilmington, NC; Lincoln, NE; and Overland Park, KS.

For a full list of artists and performance dates, click here.

Center StageSM is a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, with support from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. General management is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc.



PRN: 2012/1646