Published on: 11/1/09
IT WAS all about dance at the first showcase of the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) last Friday night.
Titled Images, it was a chance for patrons and judges to get another look at the more outstanding pieces coming out of the finals.
Those who were deterred by the fact that only dance was on show might have been pleasantly surprised by the way the groups upped their performances for the occasion.
On a night when at least four groups gave more than one performance, a number of the items turned out to be multimedia pieces, with spoken word or song preceding the actual dance performances.
While some of the acts lacked the precision that one would have expected at this stage, and some others portrayed some dark themes, most patrons went away pleased with the outcome of the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) experiment.
It was quite evident why Of Another Nature was awarded a gold medal for its piece entitled The Institute.
The piece looked at bipolar and other mentally ill people and the dancers did well to portray those kinds of patients.
Dancin’ Africa’s Hear My Cry, was a clear favourite with the audience.
The piece, depicting the practices of the Spiritual Baptist faith, was just as riveting and impactful on the night as at the finals, and the Calypso Rose music set the appropriate mood, complementing the piece very well.
It was also very interesting to see the effect on the lead dancer at the end, she was just as overwhelmed this time around as well.
As if mirroring what obtains in society, Barbados Dance Centre got good response for the girls’ perfume in A Man’s Dream.
Other acts making it to the showcase and giving good accounts of themselves were Emerging Global Leaders, Carolyn Clarke, Of Another Nature, Praise Academy of Dance, Israel Lovell Foundation, Legacy and Cherisa & Rohan.
While medals have already been awarded, performers were vying for the Madame Ifill Award in dance which comes with a trophy and $1 000, as well as the Prime Minister’s Scholarship $35 000 and the Prime Minister’s Award for most original piece worth $3 500 and a trophy and Founder’s Trophy.
Published on: 11/1/09