Experimentation. Exploration. Discovery

Jamaica’s premier dance company, the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) is mounting their 51st Season of Dance and STUSH was there last week Saturday to see these talented dancers in action. The NDTC season features a 13 piece repertoire of exciting and wide-ranging traditional and contemporary dance works and music courtesy of the NDTC Singers.

NDTC Alumnus Jackie Guy, MBE presented Bankra, a full-company work commissioned by the Chase Fund with arrangements by new Musical Director, Ewan Simpson. Led by alternates Tamara Noel and Keita-Marie Chamberlain, the work was inspired by the Jamaican socio-cultural features associated with the ‘bankra’ or basket, and is dedicated to NDTC’s Co-Founder and late Artistic Director, Professor Rex Nettleford.

Malungu, a romance/tragedy story of illustrious Jamaican musician, Don Drummond of Skatalites fame choreographed by celebrated choreographer Clive Thompson will have its debut. Commissioned by Supreme Ventures Limited, the piece will feature the music of Don Drummond, The Skatalites, Anita Margarita Mahfood, Jazz Jamaica All Stars, Dotty and Bunny, King of Drummers, Siempre, Ewan Simpson and the NDTC Singers and Drummers.

For the 2013 Season, NDTC frontliner Kevin Moore has extended his love-duet, The Beloven, to be danced by Terry-Ann Dennison and Mark Phinn, while Dance Captain Marlon Simms and Guest Choreographer/Dancer Neisha-Yen Jones of the Jamaica School of Dance, have collaborated to create and dance a duet, Ode to the Lost (2012) dedicated to Cuban Professor Eduardo Rivero-Walker.

Another Guest Choreographer and Performer, Jamie J. Thompson of the acclaimed Dallas Black Dance Theatre, will mount his solo work, Don’t Leave Me, alternating with NDTC frontliner Mark Phinn.

Among the classic remounts for the NDTC’s 2013 Season are Nettleford’s masterworks Dis Poem (1988) and Tintinabulum (1996).
Chris Walker has remounted his dramatic piece, Of a Passage (2000), led by Ballet Mistress Kerry-Ann Henry, while the highly athletic Chromosome X created by Dance Captain Marlon Simms, dedicated to the women of the Jamaican Olympic team, returns to the stage after a successful debut during the company’s 50th Anniversary Season in 2012.

Other choreographic works include Bert Rose’s Steal Away (1997) and Arsenio Andrade-Calderon’s solo, A Prayer (2002).

The Season is being held in tribute to the late Ronan Critchlow, Founding Member, former Principal Dancer and Master Drummer with the NDTC.

The three-week Season, runs Fridays to Sundays until August 11.

Check out the highlights below and visit our Facebook page for the full album.


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