metamorphosisdanceflyerthumb.jpgMy old dance company in Trinidad, Metamorphosis Dance Company is gearing up for its 2007 Season titled “Tribute.” It is a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Caribbean School of Dancing.

According to Nancy Herrera, Artistic Director of Metamorphosis, “that’s 50 years of excellence in dance and almost every variety of dance techniques and styles including classical ballet, modern, contemporary Caribbean, post-modern, folk, jazz and tap, along with video footage of pieces from the past.”

The show will highlight the glory of Metamorphosis’ UK tours, celebrating collaborations in choreography, set, costumes, lighting design and musicians with live accompaniment, traditional drums, chanting, poetry and classical music played by The Lydians Orchestra under the direction of Pat Bishop.

5 Shows

Thursday 12th July 2.00 p.m. $50 a special matinee for children on holiday, students of theatre, and people who do not want to be out late.
Thursday 12th July 8.00 p.m. $100
Friday 13th July 8.00 p.m. $100
Saturday 14th July 8.00 p.m. $100
Sunday 15th July 6.30 p.m. $100

There will be a special commemorative brochure on sale, telling the story of 50 years of dance.

Tickets available at Caribbean School of dancing, 2a Dere Street daily 9.00
a.m. – 5.00 p.m 625-3225 or at the Queen’s Hall box office daily 9.00 a.m. –
6.00 p.m.

Makeda ThomasNew York/Trinidad choreographer and artistic director, Makeda Thomas, is known internationally for her rich dances that cross boundaries between contemporary modern and traditional dance. In the 3rd Annual This Woman’s Work: A Choreographic Project Representing Women of Color at Harlem Stage in September, she unleashes her wide-ranging creativity in a re-envisioning of her acclaimed work, A Sense of Place. This Woman’s Work, acknowledged as Dance Magazine’s ‘25 To Watch’, enjoyed previous sold-out engagements at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater and D.C.’s Howard University. This year’s This Woman’s Work comes to Aaron Davis Hall on Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8, at 7:30pm.

 

Hailed as “delivering gestures you can feel in your gut and heavenly dancing you want to watch forever” by The Village Voice, A Sense of Place is based on conversations with 40 women living with HIV/AIDS. Thomas spent 3 months in Mozambique, Africa in 2005. With Graca Machel (Former First Lady of South Africa and Mozambique) as the Honorary Patron – she premiered her work on World AIDS Day to a packed audience at Maputo’s Teatro Africa. A Sense of Place was televised to over 200,000, and since presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Niagara Falls Performing Arts Center and 1st Conference on New Perspectives in African Performing & Visual Arts. The Port of Spain performance at CCA7 was called “revolutionary” by The Trinidad Guardian’s Attillah Springer.

 

“A Sense of Place embodies the ideas upon which This Woman’s Work was founded,” Thomas says. She joins a cast that make up seven of the most influential, professional, performer-choreographers in contemporary dance: Camille Brown, Bridget Moore, Shani Collins, Princess Mhoon Cooper, Ursula Payne and Francine Ott. During the opening highlight solos, (featuring a special guest appearance from Shel Riser, – better known as ‘Sonnyboy’) Makeda will preview movement from her highly anticipated upcoming solo Fresh Water.

 

Makeda Thomas performed internationally in the companies of Urban Bush Women, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE and Rennie Harris/Puremovement. Since 2004, in addition to creating work for her company – Roots & Wings Movement! – she has made work as Resident Choreographer of Companhia Nacional De Canto e Danca. She has received awards from the U.S. Embassy and NYS Council on the Arts among others, and was distinguished as a 2005 Cultural Envoy for the U.S. Department of State. Makeda is deeply committed to creating dance works through cross-disciplinary collaboration and to connecting to “an elemental movement expression linked with the study of history, cultural anthropology, and spirituality.”
She divides her time – in between performing internationally – living in Brooklyn, NY and Trinidad.

Tickets for This Woman’s Work featuring performances of A Sense of Place on Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8 at 7:30pm are $25 and $15. HARLEM Stage at Aaron Davis Hall is located at The City College of New York, 150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street New York, New York 10031.

www.makedathomas.org