Trinidad’s Noble Douglas Lilliput Foundation For The Arts Presents “Vecinos”

In its commitment to positively contribute to the cultural landscape of Trinidad and Tobago while developing the performing arts, Noble Douglas’s non-profit organisation, the Noble Douglas Lilliput Foundation for the Arts (NDLFA) will present the Noble Douglas Dance Company Inc. (NDDCI) and the Venezuelan dance company, Fundación Coreoarte, in Vecinos… we are Neighbours.

An excerpt from Allan Balfour’s 1987 choreography, Red Clay, during the NDDCI’s 25th anniversary production, DAM 25. Photo courtesy David Wears for the NDDCI.

An excerpt from Allan Balfour’s 1987 choreography, Red Clay, during the NDDCI’s 25th anniversary production, DAM 25. Photo courtesy David Wears for the NDDCI.

The collaborative production will feature some of the iconic works of two neighbouring contemporary dance companies that have pioneered the art form to develop a unique expression in Caribbean dance. The production will open on Saturday 19 October 2013 at 7:30 p.m. and will continue on Sunday 20 October 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at Queen’s Hall.

The NDDCI in the re-staging of Jeffrey Carter’s 1993 choreography, Rhythmic Souls, during the 2012 dance season, Transition. Photo courtesy Mark Gellineau for the NDDCI.

The NDDCI in the re-staging of Jeffrey Carter’s 1993 choreography, Rhythmic Souls, during the 2012 dance season, Transition. Photo courtesy Mark Gellineau for the NDDCI.

Coreoarte is an artistic foundation that was founded in 1983 in Caracas by professors Carlos Orta and Noris Ugueto with a vision to define a Latin-Caribbean body language that would be identified in a contemporary context. Employing an investigative platform that merges the media of dance, culture and tradition, the company has emerged as a leading force in Latin-Caribbean dance with its intensely dramatic performances and highly trained dancers.

Terry Springer is captured in this expressive posture as he performs with the Venezuelan dance company, Coreoarte. Photo courtesy Coreoarte.

Terry Springer is captured in this expressive posture as he performs with the Venezuelan dance company, Coreoarte. Photo courtesy Coreoarte.

The internationally renowned company has performed on stages in Germany, Italy, Greece, Macedonia, Austria, Chile, Mexico, Aruba, Qatar, Guadeloupe, Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia and the USA. Vecinos will signal the return of Trinidad and Tobago’s Terry Springer, who has shone as a dancer, teacher and rehearsal director with the Spanish company for many years. In Trinidad and Tobago, Springer established his name in dance with performances in the annual Best Village Folk Competition and later with the Astor Johnson Repertory Dance Theatre of Trinidad and Tobago; the NDDCI; Caribbean School of Dancing; and the Bentley Potter School of Dance.

A sea of movement on stage with Coreoarte. Photo courtesy Coreoarte.

A sea of movement on stage with Coreoarte. Photo courtesy Coreoarte.

As part of the NDLFA’s Arts Recruitment Training (A.R.T.) Programme, which aims to provide training in key areas of the performing arts and theatrical production, the NDLFA will also host an advanced dance workshop on Saturday October 19, 2013 and Sunday October 20, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the Queen’s Hall stage.

The NDDCI and Coreoarte will facilitate each 2-hour workshop for intermediate and advanced levels of dance. Participants will be charged a fee of $80.00 per workshop and registrations will run from Monday October 7, 2013 to Friday October 11, 2013 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 26 Petra Street, Woodbrook.

As one of Coreoarte’s leading dancers, Trinidad and Tobago’s Terry Springer brings his Caribbean essence to the stage in this duet. Photo courtesy Coreoarte.

As one of Coreoarte’s leading dancers, Trinidad and Tobago’s Terry Springer brings his Caribbean essence to the stage in this duet. Photo courtesy Coreoarte.

Each day following the workshops, lovers of dance and the arts can look forward to the cross-cultural performances of NDDCI and Coreoarte in Vecinos. Tickets are priced at $250 for lower house seating and $200 for upper house seating and are available at Crosby’s Music Centre; and from October 14, 2013, at Queen’s Hall box office. For more information, visit the NDDCI Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nddci or email liza@estuaryPR.com or call (868) 367-5295.

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