NDTC gets refurbished offices from Digicel Foundation
THE island's most notable dance theatre ensemble, the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC), on Tuesday officially opened the doors to its newly refurbished offices on the grounds of the Little Theatre Complex on Tom Redcam Drive in Kingston. Refurbished to a tune of $1.1 million by the Digicel Foundation, the official handover has come on the brink of the NDTC's new Season of Dance, which is set to open on July 22.
Artistic director of NDTC, Barry Moncrieffe noted, "With our new office, the NDTC is better equipped to ensure the effective administration, documentation and archiving of the company's rich history and legacy, and to respond to the changing needs of a dynamic Jamaican society at home and in the Diaspora. We thank the Digicel Foundation for its generosity of spirit and commend its ongoing support to the development of the creative and performing arts. This grant is the first of its kind from any organisation to the NDTC and we are all indeed grateful."
The refurbished offices will add some sustainability to the preservation of the rich history of the NDTC and the works of Rex Nettleford. In commenting on the Digicel Foundation's support in refurbishing the offices at NDTC, executive director, Major General Robert Neish said: "Digicel Foundation is a firm supporter of local culture and as such, we are delighted to have assisted the NDTC. This will ensure that great works of arts and literature done by Rex Nettleford and other stalwarts in the dance industry are preserved and serve as a reflection of our rich history for generations to come."
Neish closed by saying: "Over the last five decades the National Dance Theatre Company has given tremendous focus to dance — not only celebrating it for its rich history, but also for preserving its intricate movements and refreshing realities — which reflects the vitality of the Jamaican people."
As a token of appreciation, the NDTC handed over to the Digicel Foundation team, a copy of Dance Jamaica: Renewal and Continuity, the last published work by the late Professor Rex Nettleford.
Established almost five decades ago, the NDTC has distinguished itself as a solid producer of bona fide talents in the local dance landscape, transcending regional and international borders.