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INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATION HO. 4
BAR BAD O,S
The Barbados Dance Theatre Company has been able to revive interest in Folklore
in Barbados. With the Company is associated a school of over 200 pupils ranging in age
from 6 to adult. In addition to modern and Caribbean dance technique they perform the more
Their dances include: Jingoville a dance of the fisherman, celebrating the day's
catch; Abraxas; Awakening; Prophecy a sad prediction confronting Barbadian and other
citizen of the world; 'The Hag' and 'Yarico' based on superstition and folklore; Islands
a dance interpretation of a poem by Edward Brathwaite, and Andante Allegro.
The Dance Theatre Company is directed by Virginia Seely with Mollie Crowcroft,
Esme Wickham and Rosemary Wilkinson as Choreographers.
Two dancers from the Surinam School for Dance and Movement perform the Soekoe
Makendra (In Search of Each Other) Ballet. It revolves around the idea that, "When in 3eed4.
we seek the assistance of others, but once that need is satisfied we-forget those who have
helped". The dance is created around the movement of the pupils. It is directed and
choreographed by Arthur Leuden, with costumes by Helen Leuden. Mr. Brasheuis and his
'Blaka-Boebal group of five musicians provide the Comfo-drumming music from Osibisa.
A N T I G U A
"PRISCILLA'S WEDDING" performed by the Antigua Community Players is directed by
Eddie Hill-Thibou. The action takes place in two imaginary neighboring villages Paradise
and Felicity. The time is some twenty years ago. The villagers are divided in their sup-
port of Queenie and Priscilla who are both vieing for the affections of Walker.
Their meeting place is the w .:1 which is shared by both villages.
The situation comes to a head when, on the advice of her ambitious sister Lizzie. -
Priscilla consults the village Obeah Woman with gratifying results!
The Haitian Institute of Folklore and Classic Dance was founded on November 15,
1954 by Lavinia Williams.
The Institute offers courses on Haitian Folklore and Voodoo Dances, Ballet; Modern
Dance, Tap Dance and Ballroom Dancing, with special courses on Haitian Meringue.
Drums are an integral part of life in Haiti. This ancient sacred instrument is used
in dancing, singing and mourning and one must play the proper drum for each occasion. The
drums speak of Voodoo an understanding of the forces which control man and his activities.
Their performance covers a Dance of Welcome, Ball of the Freed Man, Voodoo Chants, Congo
Dance, Exhibition of Haitian Instruments and Drua Solo, Voodoo Initiation Ceremony, Haitian
Festival (4 dances),and Bois Caiman Ceremony.