efo The audience saw, too,
Nettle ord "Kas Kas". a folk igette
set in a tenement yard,
showing that there is no
h honesty among thieves and
t e m an the e of the law can be
turned by a shapely female
ho did i form.
the Jamaican Company re- 1982, the year of Jamai
By BARBARA GLOUDON. turned to the modern idiom. Independence.
Features Editor, Jamaica To the #low movement It has been growing
Gleaner. from the Rodrigo Guitar forming and training
"n ms Concerto, a men acts out his own style, through de
'-THE dance must reflect imprisonment by love for tion and hard work
the aspiration of our peo- wife and for mistress without external patron
pie," Rex Nettleford, Artis-, Here, one saw Netfiford's or domination.
tic Director of Jamica's; message that the body can
National Dance Theatre Corn- be trained to reflect and ex- SPECIAL WORKS
pany, told the audience at' press emotion, that dance AMl the members Ot the
his lecture-demonstration on patterns can flustrate, as c any have firiI-tims jebs.
dance theatre, at the Cultral vIvidly as words, the con- They dance, without pay, ie
Centre Sunday morning. acts which face vs a. carefully controlled papr
"The body must be train- carefuly controlled
ed to create images and; BEAT OF THE DRUM tme, presenting a falre
season each. year co
pictures as painters paint season eahyear
and liters ,wt4te," says the I evAemdl so an 4-,
and ters e" says the; '0 to "Kumina", with the ndependence an
volatile young Jamaican, created by Nettleford a year versary.
UWI lecturer (he heads the ago and now a show-st r Ocasional go
Trade Union Institute and in the current repertoire subsidies, no-strings attaei
Department of Extra Mu- "Kmnina" is outist.w r- and mainly to assist inoveti
ral studies) and artist ship and celebration, for seae tours, are givin to thb
adviser to the Jamaican unmeral or wedding, feast or company, but generaljI fS
Prime Minister on Cultural meditation. naning is done by the
Affairs news analyst and In the cosumned and sty- NDTC's-own organisation.
author (of a study on race lised presentation for the A recent ioutrce of fud.~
and identity and of the phi- stage, the compeUing beat ing has 'cone from comaera
losophy of Norman Wash- of the drums drives the cial firing which commission!
ington Manley). dancers on and brings the special Works.
One such work is "Cele.A
In the two programmes audience emotionally into brations", the u,'w i "Cele
which the NYDC presented the action. Caribbean dance forms whela
in Georgetown on Saturday Kumina is a folk ritual opened Sunday n ghtf. e
and Sunday nights, Nettle- found mainly in St. Thomas y n
ford and his 10-year old one of grantme. It shows, u .in t
,one of the 14 parishes of a mixture if uen t
company ustrated thecredo J ica, where the African I Lucia in d a a
of his group that the T.nidad .... .
of ms g .line It historical influence is heavi- traditions as well as J.an.
body must be, disciphined est and perhaps most pure. ,can sources incauding the
and that the dance should To add authenticity to the Rastafarian cult.
draw from all sources of work, the company's music-n t
inspiration and bnd these ians are reinforced by three Sunday night also saw
into distinctive art form. drummers from a St. Thomas Of this season's new work
On Saturday night, the village who have grown and "Desperate Silences" in
company began with lived in the Kumina tradi- which dancerchoreographeb
ried Story", a comic oump of tion. Tommy :,emnock explores
Jamaican wedding and mari- The work brought Satur- the sile4t i.ues which trap
tal traditions, including the day night's audience to it, us in th dst of the noise
cake girls of long-ago rural feet and pulled them upright and the effety.
Jamaica who added colour again on Sunday in tribute "Missa Criolla", also fea-
to the wedding ceremony toured Sunday night, used
with their procession of the powerful rhythms of
cakes carried on the head. Argentian folk mass by Ariel
The dance also spoofs the Ramerez, as the frame for
interfering' 'bad mainddhn Nettleford's choreographed
law" (mother in law). act of worship.
Then there was "Muals", I This dance was presented
a more abstract work based in a Presbyterian church iri
on the modern dance pro- Kingston a few years ago asi
gressions which have come to part of a trend in Jamaica
the Caribbean via the United which has been bringing the
States and Germany. arts sculpBttre, dance,
This work. by Sheila Bar- modern music into the
ness,. one o9 the company's Church Establishment.
dancer-choreographers, plays The National Dance Thea-
with patterns, breaking and l tre Company left for home
reassembling. yesterday morning, not to
"aPocrmania," another of .. gloat on the acclaim received
Saturday nights works, de journalist Barbara Glod at Carifesta bt to continue
picts the. Jamaican folk Jourali Barbara Glodnwork for a challenging two-
worship rituea, which has to one of Jamaica's artistic week tour to London, per-
its equivalent 1n Trinidad's achievements in which that !!ormiing at Sadler's Wels,
Shango and Guyana's Quen land's people take justif- li beginning next week.
REX NETTLEFORD, an outstanding Jamaican
.. '. -" 1 1,t4 6, .
"KUMINA' with Net'leford choreography ; a tylised region f Vlc fs'mour.'
found largely in St. Thomas, Jamaica. w!e* rit.hanks f. as't. s mourning,
burial and thanksgiving.