The curtains are set to close on a triumphant season for the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica, marking the end of a journey that has captivated audiences since its opening on July 21. The 61-year-old company, known for its exceptional blend of tradition and innovation, has once again proven its prowess on the stage, leaving a resounding impact on the hearts of those who witnessed its performances.
This closing weekend promises a grand culmination of the season, featuring the iconic works defining the company’s legacy. From the masterpieces of the past artistic director and co-founder Rex Nettleford, such as “Kumina” and “Spirits at a Gathering,” to the contemporary creations by guest choreographers Orville McFarlane and Renée I. McDonald, the program is a harmonious blend of nostalgia and novelty.
McFarlane’s captivating all-female cast will grace the stage once more with the enthralling “Circa 2K,” while McDonald’s tribute to women, inspired by the indomitable Nanny, continues to resonate deeply. Marlon D. Simms’s thought-provoking male solo piece, delving into the exploration of masculinity, will share the limelight with his lighthearted portrayal of Jamaican social life, “Montage”. Arsenio Andrade Calderon’s, “Asi Somos”, a fast-paced dynamic work featuring the males of the Company will also be on show. Notably, the closing weekend is dedicated to the memory of the late Barbara Requa, a founding member of the company and co-founder of the School of Dance at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. Requa’s legacy as a trailblazer in Dance Education in the Caribbean is commemorated with a remount of her work, “Sunday Morning.” The piece, which features the evocative vocals of the late Harry Belafonte, stands as a poignant tribute to both dance and music luminaries.
The National Dance Theatre Company will stage three final shows on Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm, and Sunday at 5:00 pm. As a testament to their commitment to community enrichment, the proceeds from these performances will contribute to The Arts of Motivation, Consie Walter Cancer Care Hospice, and Christ Church. As the curtains fall on this season, the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica leaves behind a legacy of artistic excellence, cultural celebration, and a dedication to honouring the past while forging boldly into the future.
This closing weekend promises not just entertainment, but a profound homage to the power of dance and the enduring impact of artistic pioneers. Contact: Marlon D. Simms | NDTC Artistic Director | Mobile: (876) 852-3502 Email: [email protected] Website: www.ndtcjamaica.org