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Every year the Department of Creative and Festival Arts at the University of the West Indies (UWI) puts on a theatrical production that impresses many theatre goers in Trinidad and Tobago. This year, unlike many others, the Department took on the challenge of redefining our nation. The production, entitled Nation Dance: The Pilgrimage, not only sought a definition of what it means to be Trinbagonian, but also sought the values necessary for nation building. A series of eight shows were hosted by various communities across Trinidad and Tobago. The advanced production students of the department attempted to discover a definition by holding shows at Naparima Hill, the Temple in the Sea, Laventille, Golden Lane, Tobago, Pembroke Heritage Park, Tobago, Calvary Hill and at UWI. At these locations each community brought forward the values that contribute to their existence as individuals living in Trinidad and Tobago. The show ran for three weekends beginning in the middle of March and ending at the beginning of April. According to Ambika Ramdass, who played one of the four ‘pyongs’ in the production, “The process was very challenging, however I learnt a lot more about what Trinidad and Tobago represents.”The ‘pyongs’ essentially represented the ills of society, and through interactions with each of the communities, all four ‘pyongs’.
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