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Queen’s Hall showcases Dance Fest this month
Queen’s Hall will showcase a series of dance productions with the staging of The Dance Fest in October and early November. The productions will feature ballet, contemporary, folk and Indian dance from a battalion of local and international performers.
“There will be a lot of energies at play here,” says Yvonne Roberts White, general manager of the performance arts center. “The Dance Fest is all about bringing together dancers from around the country and the world to showcase diverse traditions and modern fusions.”
The fest began on September 28 with heartBeat, produced by the Candice Clarke Academy of Dance. Upcoming performances will feature the Andre Etienne Dance Company, Marcia Charles Dance Theatre Company, Contemporary Choreographers Collective, Noble Douglas Dance Company Inc and the Bentley Potter School of Dance among others.
The Contemporary Choreographer’s Collective, better known as Coco, will present the Coco Dance Festival, which is its fifth annual season of dance from October 10 to 13.
The first night will also feature a short award ceremony, honouring a few of the many individuals and institutions that have supported the development of local dance in different ways.
“The main aim of the Coco festival is to provide talented local choreographers with a platform for experimental and cutting edge choreography,” explained Coco co-director, Sonja Dumas.
In the past the festival has hosted numerous international performers, and according to Dumas, this year, attendees can expect to be captivated by Jacob Cino of Canada as well as a United States contingent from the Texas Tech University.
For the Dance Fest, the Noble Douglas Dance Company Inc is collaborating with the Venezuelan dance company, Fundación Coreoarte, to facilitate two advanced dance workshops from 10 am to noon on October 19 and 20. However, on both nights the Noble Douglas Lilliput Foundation for the Arts will present “Vecinos…We are Neighbours.”
“These performances are modern contemporary fused with Caribbean expressions and will force the dancer out of you with its rhythm and sound,” says Noble Douglas co-director, Liza Miller.
The Andre Etienne Dance Company will host Symbolic Retentions on October 25, while the Marcia Charles Dance Company will embark on a Journey on November 1, marking its 15th anniversary.
From November 8 to 9, The Bentley Potter School of Dance will put on Dreams of the Ballet at Christmas which plays on the 12 days of Christmas.
“The scene is set at a children’s party where each one of the 12 days will be played out via dance by more than 200 performers aged 4 to 17,” says art director, Sian Gibbes. “But that’s only the first half. For the second half, our company performers will dazzle you with their string of performances”.
The Dance Fest ends on November 10 with a presentation by the Shiv Kala Dance Company entitled Nritya Kaa Aananda. Shiv Kala, with its 15-member cast, will be showcasing 4 classical styles of Indian dance for the first time on one stage.
“This colourful exhibition traces the rich and diverse history of the main Indian classical dance forms. The show tells the story of the dance forms, by their gestures, facial expressions, jewelry and music, and will cover the north and south of the Indian artform,” explained dance director, Veejhi Seeramlal.
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