Contemporary Choreographers’ Collective Dance Festival 2014 Prepares For An Iconic Season Of Dance

Following its 2014 call for submissions, Trinidad and Tobago’s foremost platform for the presentation of innovative and experimental contemporary choreography, Contemporary Choreographers’ Collective (COCO) Dance Festival, is set to deliver an iconic season of dance. The festival will open with the annual COCO Awards followed by an evening of dance on Friday 3rd October 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at Queen’s Hall.

Light design takes centre stage in this 2012 performance by the University Dance Company of Texas Tech University. Photo courtesy University Dance Company.

Light design takes centre stage in this 2012 performance by the University Dance Company of Texas Tech University. Photo courtesy University Dance Company.

Performances will continue nightly until Sunday October 5, 2014. To mark the launch of the COCO Dance Festival 2014, His Excellency Mr. Jacques Sturm, Ambassador of France, will host a private function for media and sponsors in collaboration with COCO and the Alliance Française de Trinité-et-Tobago on Monday September 22, 2014 at the Résidence de France.

COCO 2012 – “#Troublefree” choreographed by Anika Marcelle. Photo by Karen Johnstone.

COCO 2012 – “#Troublefree” choreographed by Anika Marcelle. Photo by Karen Johnstone.

As Trinidad and Tobago’s singular curated and juried dance festival, the 2014 instalment of COCO will feature a diverse cast of guest and selected choreographers from Trinidad and Tobago, Canada and the USA.

The guest cast features New York’s Battery Dance Company with support from the Embassy of the United States of America, the University of South Florida’s Dance Program and University Dance Company (UDC) of Texas Tech University with support from the TTU’s College of the Visual and Performing Arts. Successful applicants chosen by COCO’s screening committee include Akuzuru, Brittany Williams, Deliece Knights, Jacob Cino, Jelae Stroude-Mitchell, Jillene Forde, Juan-Pablo Alba-Dennis, Kinesha Charleau, Sade Chance and Santee Smith.

Carmen Nicole Smith and Sean Scantlebury of Battery Dance Company perform against New York’s cityscape during the Downtown Dance Festival. Photo courtesy Battery Dance Company.

Carmen Nicole Smith and Sean Scantlebury of Battery Dance Company perform against New York’s cityscape during the Downtown Dance Festival. Photo courtesy Battery Dance Company.

In COCO’s partnership with the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition via its community-based outreach initiative, COCO in the Community, finalists from the Best Village competition are selected to perform. This year, Ibis Dance Company directed by Sherma Burke, New Edition directed by Jodie Daniel and Eh Beh Oui Don Don directed by Kizzy Murray were selected. To round out the festival, the works of two of COCO’s founders, Sonja Dumas and Dave Williams, will be presented.

COCO 2011 – “Where Are You Now?” choreographed by Michelle Isava. Photo by Karen Johnstone.

COCO 2011 – “Where Are You Now?” choreographed by Michelle Isava. Photo by Karen Johnstone.

Lovers of dance and the performing arts can look forward to a different programme of performances on each night of the festival. Tickets for the festival cost only TT $100 and are available at Alliance Française de Trinité-et-Tobago, Bread Basket in St. Ann’s and Woodbrook, participating choreographers and during the week of the festival at Queen’s Hall.

For more information, please join the COCO Dance Festival 2014 Facebook (FB) event page at http://x2t.com/20/COCO or connect with COCO on FB at www.facebook.com/COCODanceFest or on Twitter @COCODanceFest or send email to cocodancett@gmail.com.

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