L’Antech dance system makes CAPE debut

L’Antech dance system makes CAPE debut

Thursday, November 15, 2012

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JAMAICAN dance company L'Acadco is heading to school.

L'Antech — the system of dance developed by artistic director Dr L'Antoinette Stines over the past 18 years — is to be taught as part of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) syllabus in 2013.

Stines is elated as L'Antech is the only technique from the Anglophone Caribbean included in the syllabus, which also includes the work of Cuban master dancer and choreographer Eduardo Riviera Walker, who died recently.

"L'Antech now joins classical ballet with a step-by-step system which has been codified and is examinable," she told the Jamaica Observer.

Stine's technique combines classical ballet with African ancestral rhythms and modern contemporary dance moves. As she says, it could be a: "plié with a bubble-shuffle at the same time."

Meanwhile, the company announced plans for its year-long 30th anniversary celebrations at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, on Tuesday.

Stines told guests that in addition to tours of the Cayman Islands, Suriname and China, the company will give lecture demonstrations to schools, especially those outside the Corporate Area who have never seen a L'Acadco performance.

"It will be a year of giving. I am taking a page out of the Cuban experience wherein to make our people sensitive to the arts, we are taking it to them. So, L'Acadco will be going into the schools and taking the dance to the children," said Stines.

The two-weekend season of performance — June 28 to July 7 — will see a different set of performances each night. She announced that a long list of guest choreographers including Gene Carson, Yanique Hume, Oneil Pryce, Neila Ebanks and young choreographer Jessica Shaw. Remounts of Stines' own work, as well as new pieces will also be on show.

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