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SWhile their presentation Mr. Pragnell read Eddie crossing of thi e ., --Pas-
As a Barbadian who visitte was interesting, and their Brathwaite's "Islands" an d sage, the "mummrs" at Xmas
Guyana fo r CAR('ES'YA performance a competent one, was accompanied in this by time with their ,sanibe*, skit-
and saw the nlit ;art. of the I could not help feeling that the Dance Theatre gro ip do. ties and drums, tiltnen andl
festival, I would like to make there was nothing peculiarly mg interpretative dances. To street dancers, ettact move-
a ew observations on a few Barbadian, or, tor that matter, my mind he is not at all home ments aid drama similar to'
aspects of the 'Festival in West Indian in the perfor-iwith this type of poetry. those performed ti many Wast
particular the Barbsaian con, mance. It was just a danc e Another key comment came African societlei.
tribution and to throw out out of this secton Of the An Institution' hich I con-
some comments on the qus. troupe comprised of West tprentti`anWhl' the select. 4ider most Balap of all the
tnon of the Creative Arts in Indians performing in classi- tonfl ing Vajal from the LANDSHIP inetporates
Barbados, cat/modern-b a ll et da ne Quaver's Quartet was intro. within itself tructelSl lments
I must note at the outset forms a number of dance duced the audience was told bf the Africa4 i14Jttge and
drama presentation from the dark pigmentation of some of' pany" go through it "drill"
Writer's Workshop -'Un- the dancers, the troupe could groups portray Africa' ele- In order to have oP'elf trans
chained" was performed well bave been from any ments; in Barbdos trid Afrt. ported "back to Africa". The
and my comments on the North Atlantic country. can element in our culture is
Barbados contribution t i u s In other words, to use thC NOT SO VISIBxI&L, but We rhthm hich eMariate from
refer to the performances of current catch.-frrase, their have had ah Aftrcan Kig". r s Which en aat"e fr
the Quaver's Quartet, Mr. performance had "no rele- rhis is a classic, and I throw our "Iundamentalo't" c urcn-
ALfred PragneU, the Barbados vance" to the life of the mass It out to all culture-vuil.tes, as and s the gyrat1ns o un-
National Dance Theatre of the Bajan people. researchers, entertamer6 and hbtably nd echoes in tae
Group and the paintings done This troupe's contribution Creative Artists in Barbados Shano of Trinidad, the Poia-
by Barbadians and ot er was described by a lady sit- for their comment. man of amaicathe Vooo
painters on Barbados and ex. tng next to me as "a re- Is it .true to sy that in iof Haiti the eremo
hibited at the Festival. freshing change after all tthse Barbados the Afritan clment f t and the Cerenonwes
The BarPados presentatlor African-style dances from the of our culture is n6t to the gods in Ak l Erica
at CARIFESTA was in some other groups, don't y o U visible? I shall return to this
respects unique. Ours was the think?" point after r6eitti my Our ordinary people react to
only dance troupe to perform This .was a key comment. impressions of the other see. the asic of Kalsoes and ot
a bill of eclUsively classical The Bajan dance troupe was tion of the Barbados presen- the steelband as do all other
ballet and modern dance; ourf different from every oc.ner station the Quavers and of Afftoan descended peoples m
was the only National present. one I saw at CARIFESTA, the painting exhibition, the New World, and in out
station to include a raconteur and it was the sore exception The, Quavers made an it. folk music, the Drum ii
in the person of Mr. Alfred to the unspoken theme of the pressive and genulaely plea definitely the central instru-
Pragnell, reading stories on Festival, which, to my mind sing impact upon audiences "ent.
Barbadian life; and our Qua- was "The presentation of as- with their excellent renditions The Barbadian ont wltU
very's Quartet found a para. pects of the Folk culture of of Negro spirituals And tra ton toCARIFe A was
Iel only in the Guyana Polic. the MASS of the WI. peoodes, ditional Bajan folk sohgs. My mm b on e ealy
Male Voice, In rendering Ne- and IN THE FOLK TRADI- only reservation on their per- speaking, and one saw clearly
gro spirituals and a few folk TIONW, which means, of formance was that I younger that a great deal f hard work,
songs. course, emphasising the Airi- group of singersgan d-dancets dedication and prepaitdon
I shall deal with the Bar- can influence in our dances did not perform these folk had gone into the presentation
bados Dance Tneatre Troupe and songs. songs a in e ease of th we saw at CARIFESTA but
first I don't think that the Mr. Pragnell's contribution troupes from Aruoa, Vehe. re a criin
ordinary Bajan knows much is the next one on which I zuela and Curcao. Ot ;Wh which I was disapponnti
,ordinary Baa know5. much ;with it. N9'T enough of THE
about this troupe. They have am minded to comment. His moved to wonder it there is witEO E o thN i country w
a heavy North Atlantic tiias performance as raconteur ol no folk culture among tnr PEOPLE of this country was
m their repertoire and as far Jeanette Layne-Clarke's two young people of Barbados that displayed In any o the press,
as I saw at CARFESTA, they vignettes "Tea for Two" end only a group of over 3U's stations, and one was the
exclude folk dances eaAarsty A Telephone Conversation" could represent s in the olk wodes Coung have seCouldn't thome-
wI dsd not see tneir *'eason was competently presented, song area. Art Council have ent o I
of Dance" in July ot this to the roars and chuckles of The painting exhibition was thing else?
ofDac" nJUY ftbqPersonally I WHouldn't have
Year). The correspondent of he different sections if the modest, and oe could not seln "ldrn t a
Me Guyana Graphic in the audiences at .C. and te hep no g at of the paint- minded see orm krn In a
Tuesday, August 29 issue ol Cultural Centre, who delight- ers Tepresented about half Cornfeld" performed ;n huyp"
mthat newspaper, in comment, ed in the Ba.badlan accents were non-Banbadiails. How. contingent or seeing ther at
i11 on their performance cn the turns Of phrase, and the ever, the tPresident of the Arts queen's College H a ItI I n
tte preceding Sunday n gt wry 'numour in these two Council had thoughtfully sn. Geoetown or in Mackenzli/
wrote" The Barbados Thentre beauties of short stores, tfcipated uch c bhetvatirb, n Linden .
looks askance at Afro move. But I found that It was a and had placed in a strategic i am told that there is
ments and even wlicn iult- nonsensical thing for him to and conspicuous position, a folk danco station ot tlh
drumming slips into the pro. read both those two stories lengthy explanation an d Natlonal Dnce 'lenatre otl
ferred modern orchestral mu. (which after all, deal in simi- defence of that situation, Nandiol why tlhey could not
sic, the dancers go riit on far manner with the same I didn't think that the pa'.nt. wonhave done atom cthoinl thn
in modern vein with jus. tilo theme GOShIPaMONGER- ngs did a lot o toehance thi was both Bajan and F'olk It
barest glimpse of Aitr rhy. ING in BarIbado) when he name of BarbCots nor to shi would appear, howrI We that
ams, perhaps the almost im- had other stories about Bar. to other people the scene the ArtG Counll were sati.
perceptible twitch of the badlan life the Timothy typleal of Barbado, fled that what they did Sind
shoulder, or the subtle con- Callender stories about to CARI
traction and release of tle Judea and St, Vittoria people, H ito CAlftl'I'A b oun the bCrat
r:b cage...." tUch a iperiotimance could Aro ti@ en in the country at
I am told that the cno.o onl serve, i ini my ihnd t Oft the question of Creiv the moment and tllat,, as
grapher i' a Balroiaian add a further itidioulous di. Alt activity in marbados and tiui1, the finanolil Aspect of
trained In Canada, and qu:e mention to 'the already of t whet there is a lot ol the question imposed serious
Possibly these factors account hiyriad 1aehds and nyths "Afridah heritagel, Vible", I llmltatlons on the number to
in large part for the exc'itsion about Barfbados, heard and would fltt ob@itrv thiat, i be sent to (uyanh.
of W. Indian folk dance itIoM esrcanged 'iaouhd the Carib-. atnyOe who "Vatve At u in d While adtftttlI the two
which made their press ntit. beari. Uh l "Harbados AigBt" Barbed!o hed is t clBoe plitt stated ahoie, l remiiin
Ion a singular ohe, the raoilitettr read 'these two fOti ih th fis dta of the tinepenlantly of e ,lilnin n
Their presentation dii inh sL'',t es and, fin arl11rit', i'Fkat iEbifte0 sUtte & atlten1Ht that that tlherpe is n olitr b'tlira un
troduce to CAltlES_.A a l'oll n'lrl-e' plece "Oh it t fl? tH it 8t a 10% Or it ftilikl or folk culltute itl this corn.
novel element, and bot-1 the a ovely fuhtti al". '1h ffectt is 1 tt BOt~hBiA The daileth ftunity Whell d could it av
pertormcra and the chore3- of these three pieces as t a t ,l our fililrah, the thytthliC dl PII giveH dpo0stie at the
graphor/di rector must lb give the audience the idea moveinents br aeo ordthary restlval.
highly complimented on their that Bajahs are a natRiob 1. ptibilie wheth OH "aktkiiSlhs,"
technically iaghlficent exe- gossip-monlgers an insipid, tisd h festhvl 0 ys sudh a"
caution of some interesting c I s S-consclous btahkety- CHi'T h, htio liHilc eol
Pieces such as "Awakening" blniks. t hat tbheli Aftka. he
"an "The 14Hak", g t1 t tr wlst Bl Wh~t hen
ihl~t i baa db 'Uf bf tHn."
f.iWiB *^^i~ers iei atr tfi~
Indian dances at the Centre
CLAD in the traditional Indian outfit, this lad seems well ab-
sorbed in a sequence of an Indian dance which he per-
formed at the Cultural Centre on-Tuesday evening when
Gora Singh's "Evening of Indian Dance and Music" was re-
THE young ladies, also a mixture or races thrilled the crowds with their dancing which
reflected part of the Indian culture, "K .