Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Barbados dances to poetry
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Title: Barbados dances to poetry
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Creator: Nichols, Marilyn
Publisher: Sunday Chronicle
Publication Date: 8/27/1972
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: South America -- Guyana -- Georgetown
Funding: Support for the development of the technical infrastructure and partner training provided by the United States Department of Education TICFIA program.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00199831
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA I 1972

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Barbados dances


thp Flying Fish brings with
it the Barbados National
Dance Theatre a troupe
,f some thirteen dancers.
Its roots date back to 5
rears ago when it was then
leaded by a Canadian
voman, Mary Stevens.
"We are not a folk group,
%ut we interpret folk material
a a modern dance idiom,"
marked stage-manager, James
Weley, a Canadian who is also
free-lance photographer.
I gathered from him that the
ehnique being explored by
he Barbados Dance Theatre
3 that of Martha Graham, a
pioneer of modern dancing.


"Do you think the conven-
tional Martha Graham tech-
nique in anyway inhibits the
natural abandon of the scintil-
lating Caribbean rhythms?"
"On the contrary. We can
learn from this technique with.
out. losing the West Indian
"How does the Barbadian.
audience back home respond
to the dancing theatre. Do
they appreciate the kind of
dancing you have to offer?"
He replied that Barbados

(Little England) has been
heavily pervaded by British in
fluence, and ever since there
has been a desire to discard
this colonial heritage whereby
the search for a West Indian
identify creates a receptive
climate for their own creativ-
Mr. Seeley also mentioned
that back home this particular
group has a special season of
dance, and for the rest of the
year, there are classes and
rehearsals. They are now
working towards building a
studio. They have had to be
hiring buildings.

The choreography of the
shows done in Barbados re-
vealed great range ..... from
Impulse "a fantasy explora-
tion of free and bound move-
ment," with music by that
mind-blowing jazz trumpeter,
Miles Davis, to Phophecy, a
garbage ballet about air and
water pollution where they
created junk band sounds to
capture the noises of industrial-
Among the works to be
staged tonight at Queca's Col.
lege are 3 poems, Dust, Is-
lands, Negus taken from the
collection Islands written by
E. R. Braithwaite, the Bar-
badian poet.
Negus has been put to
music, and will be read,.while
a dance is performed to it.
The Dance Theatre will per-
form for about 40 minutes

Members of the Barbados dance Theatre do a
dance from Spaced Out, a musical collage of con-
temporary rock sounds.

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