Friday, December 15, 2017

The hidden language of SOUL

Dance:  The hidden language of the soul. Metamorphosis Dance Company will stage it’s dance production “Language of the Soul” at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s, from April 25-28, 2013. The dance production, inspired by the quote of famous dancer and choreographer, Martha Graham— “Dance is the hidden language of the soul”, is being produced by a number of creative choreographers who have pieced together an original production, bringing to life the various languages of dance.  Metamorphosis Artistic Director, Nancy Herrera said the production reproduces the personality and spirit of the choreographers through the language of dance. Herrera describes the production as theatrical performances of dance.

Last Season Metamorphosis successfully staged the first ever full length production of the Caribbean Ballet Giselle at Queen’s Hall choreographed by Frederic Jahn and mounted and rehearsed by Frederic Jahn and Patricia Ruanne. Frederic Jahn and Patricia Ruanne are international Ballet artists, Ballet masters and custodians of Rudolf Nureyev’s work based in Guadeloupe. Herrera explains that coming out of this success came a commitment and determination to continue such work and hence the idea of a Contemporary Caribbean Residency collaborating with Roderick Johnson, a Caribbean dance theatre artiste from the Bahamas.

“Both these prestigious partnership continue to be unique to Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean. They create opportunities for our dancers to have direct access to international dance artists and work with the best to develop and express their creativity, here in Trinidad. The relationships are positively vital one for all our young dancers, but especially crucial for our young male dance artistes,” Herrera says.

She continues, “This season features work by Carol Yip Choy, ‘Everything comes to an end’, which was choreographed in 1995 and was performed in our first ever season “Beginnings”. Danced on ‘pointe’ to the haunting music of Kitaro and traditional Japanese drums, costumes and masks, of traditional Japanese Kimono’s were designed and made by John Christopher, ‘Everything comes to an end’ creates a highly theatrical piece of contemporary Ballet theatre. The original cast in 1995 were Zara Bartels, Elisha Bartels, Camille Fitzworme, Sonnelle Renaud and Abby Charles,” she says. 

Herrera notes that young talented dancers are part of the Metamorphosis cast. This year, ‘Everything comes to an end’ will be danced by young talented dancers: Reed Nottingham, Keeley Hosang, Andrea Mohammed, Leah Mendoza, Celeste Libert, Katherine Carrera, Marianna Frederick, Ana Maria De Freitas, Yannick Best, Vaugn Harper. Other pieces are choreographed by Bridgette Wilson, Claudia Applewhaite and Juan Pablo Alba Denis.

Claudia is one of the senior teachers at Caribbean School and often choreographs audition pieces for the more talented dancers.

“R’achbar” was choreographed for Fana Fraser when she audited for The Alvin Ailey School (New York) and “Circle Song” for Nicola Johnson for New World School of the Arts (Miami). Both pieces were designed by Designer and Architect, Robert Las Heras together with Bridgette Wilson, Claudia Applewhaite created “Dream Diptych” Inspired by the quote by Otomo No Yakamochi, “Better never to have met you in my dream than to wake and reach for hands that are not there”.

She noted that dancers have moved on to successful dance careers. “Juan Pablo won the inaugural 2011 Dai Aillan foundation one year scholarship to attend the Beijing Dance Academy. This year Juan Pablo was the first male dancers to have been entered for the Royal Academy of Dancing Advanced 2 level and we await his results. He created Where We Stand, This is duet for himself and his partner Yia Gomez .

Metamorphosis presents its annual season of dance “Language of the Soul” at Queen’s Hall from Thursday April 25 to Sunday April 28.  Tickets go on sale at Caribbean School of Dancing office Monday to Fridays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday April 15 at Queen’s Hall box office the week of the show Monday April 22 to Sunday April 28, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.