Arts & Culture

Akintunde on show tonight


AMERICAN gospel stand-up comic Akintunde Warnock is headliner for this evening’s Akintunde Christmas Comedy Believe It and Laugh scheduled for the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston tonight at 8:00 pm. Another concert is slated for the same venue tomorrow. “I’m extremely excit ... Read More

Former students of Stella Maris Prep, High School Combined, performing Mary at the Little Theatre in St Andrew on Saturday night.(Photos: Wittel Richardson) Children put on ‘Stella' show
IT was an evening of delightful entertainment as Stella Maris Preparatory School hosted its annual C ... Read More

Attorney Bert Samuels Samuels stages Rebellion
MENTION the name Bert Samuels and, for many, noted attorney comes to mind. Add playwright, and some ... Read More

Pantsuit by
Heather Laine (Lionel Rookwood) Ashlie readies for the world
JAMAICA’S history of success at the Miss World pageant is both motivation and pressure for cur ... Read More

Movements in fine form

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, November 20, 2016    

Christopher Huggins’ demanding dance work Father Father (Bryan Cummings)

The second half of every year sees local dance companies putting their best feet forward for their annual performances. Recently, it was Movements Dance Company’s turn. Their season shifted dates due to the threat of Hurricane Matthew last month, but that dislocation had no visible effect on the standard of dance displayed at the Little Theatre in St Andrew. Movements is privileged to have the services of American choreographer Christopher Huggins to add his works to their repertoire. Thi ... Read More

Theatre’s busy breed

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter | Monday, November 14, 2016    

Orlando Sinclair (left) and David Tulloch, principals of Jamstage Productions.

Director David Tulloch is arguably the busiest player in local theatre. Earlier this year Tulloch, through his Probemaster Entertainment outfit, took over the reins of the Phoenix Theatre, a multiroom playhouse on Haining Road in New Kingston. His latest project is JamStage Productions, a new company he started with Orlando Sinclair. Sinclair is a former director of RBT Productions, which produced a number of plays starring popular comedian Keith ”Shebada” Ramsay. “This is ... Read More

‘Stella’s’ got groove

Monday, November 07, 2016    

Principal dancer Andre Hinds (centre) in Strange Waters, choreographed by Dr Monika Lawrence.

PATRON of the Stella Maris Dance Ensemble Wayne Chen says the group’s 2016 dance season personifies Professor Rex Nettleford’s theory of “smaddization”, in that the group has built a reputation of telling its own Caribbean stories, instead of being minstrels which copy other cultures. He made the comment following Saturday night’s opening show at the Little Theatre in Kingston. “It is now clear to me that Stella Maris is continuing the tradition that Profe ... Read More

DTX was on point

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter | Sunday, November 06, 2016    

Dance Theatre Xaymaca in Surrender (Michael Gordon)

Renee McDonald is fast becoming one of Jamaica’s most in-demand choreographers. The young dancer-turned-choreographer is on the list of every major company in Jamaica, having created works for her home troupe — The Company, as well as the National Dance Theatre Company, among others. McDonald can now add Dance Theatre Xaymaca (DTX) to her list as recently her work Requiem premièred at that troupe’s 2016 season of dance at the Little Theatre in St Andrew. A hauntin ... Read More

Folk Singers perform for charity

Sunday, November 06, 2016    

Jamaican Folk Singers in performance at the University Chapel at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, last Sunday. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood)

It was a sonorous celebration of local culture as the Jamaican Folk Singers put on a fine performance at the University Chapel on the grounds of The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in Kingston last weekend. “The audience loved it and thought it was a world-class performance,” Coleen Lewis, event organiser, told the Jamaica Observer. The hour-and-a-half programme was broken up into seven sections, each offering delightful favourites that brought back many childhood memo ... Read More

Calling all dancers!

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter | Tuesday, November 01, 2016    

The NDTC performing Troy Powell’s Unscathed.

THE National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC) is opening its doors to new talent with open auditions at its St Andrew studios today. The company last held auditions three years ago and, according to Associate Artistic Director Marlon Simms, talent from that exercise was used to fuel the NDTC training programme. “We were really pleased with how those auditions went and that crop of dancers really rejuvenated the training programme and some of the dancers have even moved over to be ... Read More

DTX season begins Saturday

Thursday, October 27, 2016    

Dance Theatre Xaymaca going through their paces

Local troupe, Dance Theatre Xaymaca (DTX) has come of age. The company, which was founded by renowned dance teacher and choreographer Barbara McDaniel, is celebrating 21 years with a season of dance set for the Little Theatre in St Andrew this Saturday and Sunday. Associate artistic director Natalie Gallimore tells the Jamaica Observer that this season features a varied programme which is becoming a hallmark of DTX. "The DTX experience always guarantees enjoyment. There is such a variety of d ... Read More

Garvey takes centre stage

Wednesday, October 26, 2016    

Marcus Garvey, played by Andre Bernard, supported by performers from Ashe. (Lionel Rookwood)

MICHAEL Holgate’s dramatic musical presentation Marcus Garvey: The Musical gave an insight into the teachings and philosophy of Jamaica’s first National Hero. The University Players production was held at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, recently. It began with Garvey (played by Andre Bernard) at the end of his life, being visited by four African ancestral spirits who have come to take him to the “other side&r ... Read More

Miss Lou Archives opens at National Library

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter | Monday, October 24, 2016    

From left: Vivian Crawford, acting executive director of Institute of Jamaica; Clayton Coverley — grandson; Fabian Coverley — son and co-executor of the Miss Lou Estate; Olivia “Babsy” Grange, minister of culture; Dr Pamela Appelt — co-executor of the Miss Lou Estate; Joy Douglas, chairman of the National Library; Poet Laureate Professor Mervyn Morris; and Winsome Hudson, national librarian.

JAMAICANS will now have access to some personal documents of cultural icon Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett-Coverley. The National Library of Jamaica on Thursday launched the the Miss Lou Archives, a collection of some of Miss Lou’s private documents and writing which she agreed to donate when she was leaving Jamaica to take up residence in Canada. The arduous process of sorting, collating and filing the documents, which include hand-written manuscripts of some of her poems, persona ... Read More

An affair of the Arts

Tuesday, October 18, 2016    

VP Records’ Chris Chin (right) accepting his award from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen at King’s House in St Andrew recently.

THE arts and entertainment fraternities were well represented at this year’s national honours and awards ceremony and investiture at King’s House in St Andrew yesterday. Among the recipients of the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander were Chris Chin of VP Records, who was awarded for his outstanding work in the music industry both locally and internationally. Dub poet Mutabaruka was also honoured for his work in the fields of literature, dub poetry and journalism. Dr Lili ... Read More



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