Think energy. Think electrifying.
That is going to be the vibe at tomorrow's opening of the first ever collaborative dance production of Fundacion Coreoarte, a Venezuelan dance company, and T&T's Noble Douglas Dance Company Inc (NDDCI).
The production Vecinos...We Are Neighbours is a cross-cultural collaboration between two of the region's foremost contemporary dance companies that will debut tomorrow at the Queen's Hall.
Charlene Harris, assistant artistic director at NDDCI, gushed with excitement over the phone on Wednesday afternoon, as she was on her way to collect the Venezuelan dancers from the airport.
"They are very excited to get here, and we are happy to work with them," she said.
Patrons can expect modern contemporary dances from both companies, as well as spectacular fusions of modern with traditional Venezuelan folk dance from Coreoarte.
Harris went on to describe other unique combinations, including ballet and jazz as well as post-modern dances.
"The energy is going to be electric," Harris promised.
Added to that, Coreoarte will be hosting two, two-hour workshops that will be open to the public and other dance schools to attend.
Harris added that the NDDCI plans to visit Venezuela next year to also put on a workshop.
"We are hoping that this is the beginning of a very long relationship," she said.
Performing on Saturday is T&T's Terry Springer, one of Coreoarte's lead dancers, teachers and rehearsal directors. His portfolio is extensive, as he has danced in the annual Best Village Folk Competition, the NDDCI, Caribbean School of Dancing, and the Bentley Potter School of Dance. Harris said Springer will perform the solo piece in Allan Balfour's Red Clay–a ballet and jazz fusion piece.
The NDDCI falls under the Noble Douglas Lilliput Foundation for the Arts' (NDLFA's) and its founder was also happy about the incoming dancing visitors.
"We are excited to welcome our Venezuelan neighbours. These types of collaborations inspire growth and development. We look forward to Vecinos birthing closer ties and work in the future," Douglas, NDLFA's founder and artistic director said in a press release.
The prospect of sharing dance moves and ideas also excited Harris, who said this event was the start of future collaborative events and workshops.
If you can't make it on Saturday, there will be an encore performance on Sunday.
Tickets cost $250 for the lower house and $200 for the upper house and are available at Crosby's Music Centre, St. James and the Queen's Hall box office.