All too often in the arts, disciplines are self-segregated into distinct categories. Theatre, dance, music and visual art are usually limited to conversations with themselves. How often do we get to see paintings dance? Or hear music tell us a story? With Seven Paintings, a Story in Performance, visual artist Bernard Hoyes, whose work has been shown internationally, plans to open up the Ford stage to dance, music, theatre and visual arts, each riffing on the other to weave together a larger tale rooted in Jamaica’s spiritual traditions.
Seven of Hoyes’ paintings, Jazzantiqua Dance Ensemble, with choreography by Pat Taylor, and drumming from Kabasa Drum Ensemble will relate the spiritual journey of a young Jamaican medium who flees her position as the village healer to pursue her dreams of becoming a dancer. Hoyes’ work becomes the stage that the dancing, drumming and story share as their foundation. As someone who is a fan of Hoyes’ work and a lover of all art forms, I’m intrigued to see how his paintings will be interpreted into dance, music and narrative – into a gesamtkunstwerk of sorts.
Hoyes himself is especially excited to see his art taken to another level: “This is truly another incredible peak in my career,” expresses Hoyes, “as my work will actually come to life and be expressed through dance, performance and music. I paint visions that transmit pinnacles of movements and these are now being interpreted – I can’t even begin to convey my excitement. I am overwhelmed to have my work shown at the Ford. This is going to be beyond spectacular!”
Celebrate art, life and 50 years of Jamaican independence alongside Bernard Hoyes Sunday, August 5 at the Ford.