Producing Arts and Cultural Experiences

Bridging the Local with the Global

Djaspora Productions bridges and celebrates the diverse human experience using arts and culture as a means to share, create,  impact change and inspire others to act as global citizens in our own backyard and abroad.  We work With and For creatives of color from all walks of life providing professional resources and building community across geography and interests so that we can thrive TOGETHER.  
- Marie Casimir, Founder & Director 

Black Arts Retreat Haiti

December 27, 2018 - January, 4 2019

 A journey of art, dance, spirit, history
and nature. Join us as we explore, connect and create from the capital of Port-au-Prince up to the seaside city of Cap-Haïtien. Black Arts Retreat Haiti includes everything from well known sites to intimate village life and opportunities to choose your own adventure in between. Celebrate this new year with the Black Arts Retreat family on this journey of art, spirit, dance, music and more.

A proud collaborator and partner of Black Arts Retreat Abroad.

Dance to Save Lives 


We are creating a cultural exchange with
Dance to Save Lives / HaitiDansCo  who train the youth of Jacmel, in Haitian folkloric and modern dance forms. These accessible activities and services are provided daily for free in the city of Jacmel, Haiti. The students are immersed into the world of dance, allowing them to learn what it takes to be a professional performing artist, choreographer and/or dance Instructor. The next phase of cultural exchange is a trip planned for Links Hall December 2018  and artists from Project Tool in Collaboration w/ Black Arts Retreat


The Instigation Festival

The Instigation Festival is an annual fest of improvised music and dance in Chicago and New Orleans. Started in 2016 by Improviser / Guitarist, Steve Marquette, and Mover / Producer, Marie Casimir, the fest has brought together more than 50 artists to-date, highlighting the rich diversity of talented improvisers in both cities. The fest venues have ranged from the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center to the Hi-Ho Lounge to Constellation | Links Hall to the Chicago lakefront.