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Thursday, 26 August 2010

Noble Douglas Dance Company celebrates silver anniversary

Noble Douglas, founder and artistic director of the Noble Douglas Dance Company Inc, is flanked by legendary masman Peter Minshall, left, and Wendell Manwarren of 3 Canal at a private launch function of DAM 25 for members of the media and specially invited guests at Veni Mangé, Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, on August 19.
Photo: Andre Alexander
Trinidad and Tobago’s premier contemporary modern dance company, the Noble Douglas Dance Company Inc (NDDCI), will celebrate its 25th anniversary with its 2010 dance season—DAM 25—gala performance on September 25, at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s. A private function for media and specially invited guests was held on August 29, at Veni Mange, Woodbrook, to launch the event, and pay kudos to alented dancer/choreographer Noble Douglas. DAM 25 will honour NDDCI’s founder and artistic director, Noble Douglas, as well as dancers and musicians who have dedicated their lives to music and dance in T &T.
For more than half a century, Douglas has worked tirelessly in her dedication to dance and the arts in T&T. The dancer, teacher and choreographer attended the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre in the USA, which set the stage for her professional dance career in the United States during the seventies.
In 1985, she established her own company of strong, disciplined and focused dancers, this soon propelled NDDCI into the fore as one of the leading contemporary modern dance companies in the land. Under Douglas’ artistic direction, the company has toured locally, regionally and internationally performing on stages in the United States and Southern Africa. The collaborative production will shine a light on both iconic and new dance pieces. Audiences will be offered the opportunity to experience some of the company’s most prolific works on one stage, including Hysterics (1986, choreography by Douglas); Red Clay (1987, choreography by Allan Balfour); Shades of Blue (1987, choreography by Andre George); and, Passage (1988, choreography by Douglas).
In signature NDDCI style on show night, live music will be woven throughout the production with Willard “Relator” Harris, 3 Canal, The Marionettes Chorale and Len “Boogsie” Sharpe joining in the celebration. Reflecting on 3 Canal’s contribution to this project, Wendell Manwarren shared, “It is an honour to be part of something so iconic.” DAM 25 will be repeated on September 26, at 6.30 pm, at the same venue.
Ticket Info
Tickets went on sale from yesterday (August 25) at Crosby’s Music Centre, Western Main Road, St James, at the price of $300 for Silver gala tickets (reserved seating); $250 for Bronze gala tickets; and, $200 for the Sunday performance.
Until September 8, DAM 25 patrons can look forward to an early bird ten per cent discount off regularly priced tickets. Part of the proceeds from the gala ticket sales will benefit the Noble Douglas Lilliput Foundation For The Arts.
For more information visit the NDDCI Facebook page at 
www.facebook.com/nddci or send e-mail to nddci@yahoo.com or liza@estuarypr.com or call 761-1195.

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