Trinidad’s Noble Douglas Lilliput Foundation For The Arts To Carry On Legacy of Trinidadian Arts Icon, Noble Douglas

Trinidad and Tobago’s leading lady of children’s theatre, Noble Douglas, ushers in a new era in her life as a cultural revolutionary with the launch of the non-profit organisation, the Noble Douglas Lilliput Foundation for the Arts (NDLFA).

Some of Lilliput’s senior dancers perform Noble Douglas’s 2009 choreography, Folklore, at NDDCI’s 25th anniversary season, DAM 25. Photography courtesy David Wears for Lilliput Children’s Theatre and NDDCI.

On Friday October 19, 2012, the co-founder of the country’s foremost children’s theatre company, Lilliput Children’s Theatre, and the founder of premier contemporary modern dance company, the Noble Douglas Dance Company Inc. (NDDCI) will introduce her latest initiative at a reception at Queen’s Hall.

An element of humour is brought to light in this insightful 2011 piece, As The Sun Rises, by Noble Douglas. Photography courtesy David Wears for Lilliput Children’s Theatre and NDDCI.

The NDLFA is an entity committed to supporting and strengthening the work of the Lilliput Children’s Theatre and NDDCI, as resilient, proactive, forward-thinking institutions committed to the “Ideals and Principles of Discipline, Hard Work, Love and Respect for the Craft, Forms and Traditions of Performance, and the Creative Process.”

The foundation will serve as a vehicle to continue the creative work of both Lilliput and the NDDCI thereby ensuring their long-term viability while cementing the accomplishments and achievements of two of Trinidad and Tobago’s most vibrant performing arts institutions.

Noble Douglas’s provocative 1986 choreography, Hysterics, performed in NDDCI’s 25th anniversary season, DAM 25. Photography courtesy David Wears for Lilliput Children’s Theatre and NDDCI.

For more than half a century, Douglas has stood strong with an unyielding commitment to her vision to use the performing arts as a medium to stimulate young people’s creative energy and to build character, self-confidence and self-esteem. She has shone as an icon of the arts in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean region. A recipient of the nation’s second highest award, the Hummingbird Medal – Gold, Douglas’s work has been celebrated by many. Most recently, the Guardian Media group named her as one of the country’s 50 Most Influential People.

The NDLFA board of directors, Dennise Demming (Chairperson), Noble Douglas (Founder/Artistic Director), Denise Dickson-Cunningham (Secretary), Lenore Harris (Treasurer), Margaret Walcott, Liza Miller, Wendell Manwarren, Zakiya Smart and Merylle Mahabir, are inspired and committed to carry on Douglas’s legacy. The board will be supported in their work by patrons, former First Lady and social activist, Zalayhar Hassanali; intellectual, Diana Mahabir-Wyatt; and Lilliput parent, Sian Aboud.

Noble Douglas receives warm appreciation from the audience on the gala opening of NDDCI’s 25th anniversary season, DAM 25, which honoured her life’s work. Photography courtesy David Wears for Lilliput Children’s Theatre and NDDCI.

The NDLFA launch will feature a keynote address by Mahabir-Wyatt and live performances by Lilliput Children’s Theatre and an excerpt from NDDCI’s 2012 dance season, Transition. Dance enthusiasts and NDDCI’s followers can look forward to the opening of Transition, on Saturday October 20, 2012 at Queen’s Hall. Tickets are priced at $150.00 and are available now at Crosby’s Music Centre; and from October 15, 2012, at Queen’s Hall box office. Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the NDLFA’s Lilliputian For Life Fund. For more information, visit the NDDCI Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nddci or email info@estuaryPR.com or call (868) 367-5295.

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