The eyes of the patrons might have seen moving bodies, but their minds saw much more.
Those attending the International Diaspora Arts Festival at the Walcott Warner Theatre of the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination had no choice but to think deeply about the messages behind every performance.
Titled Of Sweat & Zeal — An Evening of Dance, the two-day event staged by students of the Bachelor of Fine Arts programme of the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies, comprised “end of year student presentations”.
Director Neri Torres, Lecturer in Dance, said of the event: “Modern dance re-evaluated the role of dance in society, reflecting a diverse spectrum of cultural expression, voicing traditions, social issues and protest.
“Furthermore, through this quest, dance regained its place as a vehicle of cultural diplomacy. Today, the dancing body is regarded far beyond formal technique. It rises to echo many voices within communities worldwide committed to bear witness of their times, their realities, their history — everything connecting ancestral languages, ethnicity, and cardinal points, east, west, at Internet speed.
“However, each time the blueprint of home is weaved in distinctive ways and conceived in unique magical moments.”
The pieces performed carried such titles as: Rhythm of the Dancer, Cuerpos Emocionales (Emotional Bodies), Dark, The Choices We make, Bound and Free, A Mother’s Loss, Journey to the End of the Day, Kujichagulia (Self Determination) and Out of the Depths.
Each evening also featured an “After-Show Fiesta” in the theatre lobby, which brought the patrons and performers together. (RRM)