Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Reputation for artistic excellence
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 Material Information
Title: Reputation for artistic excellence
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Publisher: Guyana Graphic
Publication Date: 8/28/1972
 Subjects
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: South America -- Guyana -- Georgetown
Caribbean
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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: CA00199885
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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artistic excellence


"THE NATIONAL Dfnce.
Theatre Company oa Jamaia
!s said to have achieved in tea
years someling of a reputa-
tion for artistic excellencee.
says the company's Artistle
DiretorB Rex Neitlieftd in an
Introductory note to a tenth
anniversary programme.
Yesterday, at the Cultural
CCife. Mr. Nettletiord offer.
ed a leeture demmoatraaienB
and presented a clear picture
on how his company had blos-
somed into the international-
ly acclaimed institution it now
i.o
He spoke of the company's
willingness to borrow, though
not indriately. a fEp
with acoomnts for mluh of the
American Modem Dance and
elassie Europeef ballet forms
being so evident in their
work.
EXPERIENCE
"Then. forms Urooted a i
human exp4 i e and since
we try to portray what we
see abut us, they are invalu.
able. But we must, also make
sure tat what we eventuaUly
offer must fiatltfily reflect
what we feel as a people".
he Ceplalned.
Althpug the Ntional
Dance TheIre Company 6
Jamaica has only been doig
definitive work for a decade,
the group had been around
for some 30 years. But as the
Snaitonal theatre, they have


just had 10 yPas u*perlence
a tig. which if much too
short to erate a national
dane' expression.
"You nave caught us in
about the middle Of our evo-
lution". Mr. fewj1ford said.
He expressed the view that
as much as artistes hanker
after spontaneity, art was
afte all artifice and a rigid
discipline was vitally impor:
taut.
GENEROUS APPLAUSE
"Take Saturday night for
instance, when we were very
tired. Our discipline was able
to sustain us and with the
generous applause of the
audience as additional incen-
tive we managed -to et
through". he said.
He agreed that most West
Indians would lefer to ad
lib and et t- "soul" of the
tMng, but potted out that
wthgut the diiVUWad body
to be g6t from strenuous and
continuous exercise, the soul
danger would soon ."drop
dead" and be out of commis-
ion for sow' tim.
"As proasseisaols we can-
not aiprd to do this", he said.
Mr Nettleford brought the
curtain dowi wfth a rehear-
sal of celebrations, a ballet
from his 1973 rePertoire with
soloists Tommy Plmaek and
Audley Butler and choreo-,
graphy by Nettlefrd himself.


Celebrations is,a joyous romp
with a lively introit, a swift-
ly moving road march and a
huffling sparkling sequenc
of West Indienia. (R. 0.).




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