N9 Dance Company, acclaimed by many as the premier Egyptian Raks Shar Qui (Bellydance) company in Trinidad and Tobago, will light up the Central Bank Auditorium in Port-of-Spain, on October 25-28, with its 2012 presentation—Celebration. In this the nation’s Jubilee year of Independence, the production is described by company artistic director Nalini Akal as, “a vibrant response to the country’s festivities and an opportunity to exhibit even more aspects of the dance company.”
The presentations by N9, alongside a host of special guest performers and artistes, will feature works choreographed by Akal. Across the four evenings, the programme will visit some of the elements most common in Bellydance choreographies, as well as various other dance styles including Flamenco, Chinese Fan, Hawaiian and Tahitian performances to name few.
This year’s production will also encapsulate pole performances as well as daring and defying choreographies of Aerial Silk and Acrobalance in collaborative pieces between T&T and Mexico. The show’s headliner will be Mexican performer Mike Gonzales, who promises an astounding performance conceptualised over a year-long collaboration with N9 to create unique performances for local audiences.
This is N9’s ninth annual dance production and as such is quite an auspicious one for Akal and her troupe. Richly costumed, in Celebration, dancers will take patrons through a variety of emotions and experiences—from poignant and touching to flirty and humorous, from happy and uplifting to spiritual and devotional.
The production will not only showcase the intricacy of the various dance styles but will also highlight the unique strengths of these sophisticated dancers as they encourage audiences to view dance in a fascinating new way. Also featuring performances by local artistes Vanna Vee and Tim Starr, Akal revealed that the Broadway-styled element of this production is guaranteed to take patrons on an exciting musical journey through dance and song.
With almost a decade of experience to its credit, the company has a prestigious following of artistes, entertainers and the artistically appreciative general public alike. Having successfully created performances for the Chinese Embassy (Blossom Delight); a performance of Fusion Fans with Chinese fan dancer Jun Whey; and, Middle Eastern and Flamenco Dance for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting are a few of N9’s reputation preceeds them.
Tickets are $200 and are available at N9 Dances Studio, 28 New Street Port-of-Spain; and, at Central Bank Auditorium Box Office.