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NDTC's Easter tradition continues

Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Little Theatre in St Andrew will come alive next Sunday morning for the 38th staging of the annual act of worship by the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC).

This year's Morning of Movement and Music, under the leadership of artistic director Marlon Simms, will feature the inspirational dance works by the late Professor Rex Nettleford, Clive Thompson, Gene Carson, Chris Walker, Kevin Moore and Simms.

The performance will see the remount of Cry of the Spirit choreographed by Gene Carson and danced by ballet mistress, Kerry-Ann Henry. Vision, created by veteran choreographer and dancer Clive Thompson, will be performed in tribute to former NDTC dancer Chris Morrison who passed away in January of this year. It will be danced by Javal Lewis and Ashley Bromfield, who represent the new generation of dancers.

New works by Chris Walker ( Yallahs) and Simms ( Bless the Lord) will draw from the full complement of dancers, which includes Mark Phinn, Marisa Benain, Paul Newman, Kamar Tucker, Mishka Williams, Kemar Francis, Michael Small, Atardo Henry, Jada Buchanan, Kanille Brudy, Shanice Neita, Shacile Harrison, Dannielle Mullings and Katharine Lee.

A repertoire of musical offerings spanning classical, negro spiritual and gospel will also be performed by the NDTC Singers supported by the orchestra, under the musical stylings of acting musical director Dr Kathy Brown.

The presentation which traditionally starts promptly at 6:00 am will open with Hallelujah, the popular chorus from Handel's Messiah and close in the usual fashion with Marjorie Whylie's Our Father and Noel Dexter's Psalm 150.

The choral wing includes Faith Livingstone, Kaydene, Gordon, Toni Barrett (sopranos), Helen Christian, Kamala Nicholson-Johnson, Debrah-Ann Rosewelt, Kimone Johnson (contraltos), Kemar Lee, Kevan Williams, Joshua Page, Tah-je Thompson (tenors), Heston Boothe, Conrod Hall and Shane Wright (bass). They will perform their rendition of Travis Green's You Made A Way, Bless The Lord by Tye Tribbett and the traditional spiritual, Done Made My Vow. The Singers will be supported in the orchestra by Henry Miller and Jesse Golding (drums), Andre Henry and Roel Miller (guitar) and Kevan Williams (keyboard).

The company of dancers, singers and musicians are supported by a crew of creative technicians comprising Rufus McDonald and Taryn Bridgewater (lighting), Rudolph Clennon, Blaine Reid (sound) and Kenardo Phillips, stage manager.