Arts & Culture

Richardson to perform Maya

Richardson in Maya.

Plans are coming into place for the two performances of the acclaimed Complexions Contemporary Ballet in Kingston on March 8 and 9. The New York-based company is performing in Jamaica at the invitation of Plié for the Arts, a local group committed to exposing local audiences to diverse ... Read More

Cutie (second left), played by Keisha Patterson, speaking with Brother Ezekiel, (Glen Campbell — left) while Frank (Akeem Mignott — second right) and Cutie’s father, Tiny (Courtney Wilson), look on in a scene from Frank The Freak. (Photo: Jambiz Int'l) Keisha revels in roller-coaster role
HAVING cut her teeth in musical theatre, actress Keisha Patterson felt at home when she first read t ... Read More

Bridget Spaulding of the National Dance Theatre Company (centre) receives her token from Barry Moncrieffe, the company’s current artistic director, while Elizabeth Buchanan-Hind of the Rex Nettleford Foundation looks on. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood) Remembering Rex
The late Professor Rex Nettleford made a name for himself through his scholarly pursuits and his pas ... Read More

The Poets in Autumn in their final performance for the evening at Emmanuel Apostolic Church in Kingston on Saturday, February 4 (Photos: Rory Daley) The power of words
IT was an evening of pure spiritual inspiration as American quartet, Poets in Autumn, made its stop ... Read More

NDTC comes of age

Sunday, February 05, 2017    

The NDTC performing Unscathed, choreographed by Troy Powell

IN 1962, dancer Eddie Thomas and scholar Rex Nettleford joined forces to form the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC). Fifty-five years later, the company is one of Jamaica’s renowned troupes and will celebrate its growth and development this year with a full roster of events and activities. The events kick off today with an evening of praise, celebration and thanksgiving set for the chapel at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Associate artistic director of the compa ... Read More

Prepare to experience a Country Wedding

Friday, February 03, 2017    

Deon Silvera (Michael Gordon)

Theatre practitioner Dahlia Harris has gone deep into Jamaican culture and folk forms to produce her latest work Country Wedding, which is set to open at the Phoenix Theatre in St Andrew on February 14. Harris, who writes, directs and acts in this production, explained that the idea for the work came out of a discussion with local stage and screen veteran Leonie Forbes. “We were just there talking about all the traditions associated with weddings in rural Jamaica back in the day and i ... Read More

Cock Tales aims to satisfy patrons

By Rory Daley Observer writer | Thursday, January 26, 2017    

Joel Zwick (left), director of Cock Tales, cuts the ribbon for the symbolic opening of the show at the Jamaica Shopping Club Theatre in St Andrew on Tuesday night. Looking on are Debra Ehrhardt, actress in Cock Tales; and Michael Dawson, CEO of Whirlwind Entertainment. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

JAMAICAN-BORN actress Debra Ehrhardt returns for one-woman show Cock Tales at the Jamaica Shopping Club Theatre in St Andrew. The production, which began last night at 6:00 pm, is scheduled for a four-week run. Ehrhardt spoke to the Jamaica Observer at the play’s launch at the Jamaica Shopping Club Theatre on Tuesday evening. “I started writing Cock Tales a couple of years ago and then it opened up about a year ago in Los Angeles. It’s a universal story, and I have played in ... Read More

Think global!

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, January 25, 2017    

American director Joel Zwick and actress/writer Debra Ehrhardt share Ideas during a courtesy call on executives of JAMPRO (Jamaica Trade and Invest) in St Andrew, on Tuesday. (Photo: Karl McLarty)

THE local film community is being challenged to “think global” when producing material for the international marketplace. This charge has come from renowned American Hollywood producer Joel Zwick, who is currently in the island for the opening of Cock Tales, the one-woman play by Debra Ehrhardt, which he directed. According to Zwick, speaking in patois (Jamaican dialect) does not necessarily make your movies better. He said the integrity of a film lies in the acting and the story a ... Read More

Romeo et Juliette’s extraordinary love

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Wednesday, January 25, 2017    

Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo in the wedding night scene from the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Romeo et Juliette.

IT is that age-old story. Shakespeare started it all with the tragedy of star-crossed lovers who risk everything to be with each other. Over the years, others have taken this basic premise and have spun great stories for the stage and screen. Romeo Must Die, West Side Story and Romeo + Juliet are but some of the adaptations of this classic. The Jamaican film Ghett’A Life also made use of this work as part of its subplot. The world of opera has not missed out on this great story, and in ... Read More

Complexions is coming

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, January 22, 2017    

Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s Desmond Richardson.

Come March 8 and 9, Jamaican lovers of dance are being promised ‘a performance of a lifetime’. Complexions Contemporary Ballet — the New York-based troupe helmed by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson — will be in town for two performances at the Little Theatre in St Andrew. The world-renowned dance company comes to Jamaica courtesy of Plié For the Arts, a local arts development company with a mandate to expose lovers of the arts to international artistes w ... Read More

Mutabaruka for Bobfest

Saturday, January 21, 2017    

Mutabaruka

DUB poet and social commentator Mutabaruka will take centrestage at An Evening with Mutabaruka scheduled for the Southwest Community Arts Center on New Hope Road in Atlanta on February 2. The event is part of the annual reggae legends tribute dubbed Bobfest, which runs from February 2-10. “An Evening with Mutabaruka is really a performance of poetry reading, but as you know, I would reason with the audience during my performance,” he told the Jamaica Observer. Sharing the ... Read More

Ward out, Pantry in for Ricky Rowe

Thursday, January 19, 2017    

The Ward Theatre

AFTER missing its opening date of January 7 at The Ward Theatre in Kingston, Ricky Rowe’s 4 Bulla & A Patty is now playing at the Pantry Playhouse in New Kingston. Rowe told the Jamaica Observer that the decision to stage the production at the Pantry was taken after he was presented with a list of stipulations and authorisations, which had to be met before the production could be mounted in the derelict 104-year-old theatre. “The decision to move the play from The Ward to the ... Read More

Poetry in motion aims at charities

Tuesday, January 17, 2017    

Dub poet Yasus Afari in performance at a previous staging of Poetry in Motion.Delahayes Photos

THE 14th staging of spoken word festival, Poetry in Motion (PiM) is scheduled for Manchester Golf Club on Brumalia Road, Mandeville, on Sunday, February 26. Showtime is slated for a 6:00 pm start. According to organiser Yasus Afari, part proceeds of the event will be going to a number of Manchester-based educational institutions and charitable organisations. “From the inception, PiM has demonstrated social responsibility, entrepreneurship, ‘com-unity’, nation building and a ... Read More

Ehrhardt takes on relationships

Sunday, January 15, 2017    

Debra Ehrhardt.

PLAYWRIGHT Debra Ehrhardt has penned a new, one-woman production titled Cock Tales: Shame on Me! According to her, the 80-minute show is based on her encounters with members of the opposite sex. “When I began writing Cock Tales: Shame on Me! I thought I was writing about sex. However, I soon came to realise that sex is an entirely different subject. There is nothing new in Cock Tales about sex, but when it comes to guilt — that is an area where I am an expert. Guilt is something th ... Read More



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