Trinidad & Tobago’s Noble Douglas Dance Company Presents New Works With “TEETH”

This year the Noble Douglas Dance Company Inc. (NDDCI) will begin the celebration of its 30th anniversary with the presentation of the dance season, TEETH.

NDDCI’s alumni and seasoned members establish a fine balance in Dave Williams latest choreographic work, Older Now, during rehearsal for TEETH. Tickets for TEETH cost $150.00 and are available at Crosby’s Music Centre, from members of the NDDCI and at the Queen’s Hall box office. For more information, join the TEETH Facebook (FB) event page at http://x2t.com/TEETH or connect with NDDCI on FB at www.facebook.com/nddci or on Twitter @NDLFA or send email to liza@estuaryPR.com (Photos courtesy - Maria Nunes)

NDDCI’s alumni and seasoned members establish a fine balance in Dave Williams latest choreographic work, Older Now, during rehearsal for TEETH. Tickets for TEETH cost $150.00 and are available at Crosby’s Music Centre, from members of the NDDCI and at the Queen’s Hall box office. For more information, join the TEETH Facebook (FB) event page at http://x2t.com/TEETH or connect with NDDCI on FB at www.facebook.com/nddci or on Twitter @NDLFA or send email to liza@estuaryPR.com (Photos courtesy – Maria Nunes)

TEETH marks the beginning of a fourth decade of dance for the NDDCI. Four generations of dancers have cut their teeth and bitten into the dance world in this iconic company, which is an integral part of the legacy of dance pioneer and choreographer, Noble Douglas. The production opens on Saturday 18th October 2014 at 7:30 p.m. and continues on Sunday 19th October 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at Queen’s Hall.

For this momentous season, some of the company’s alumni, Charlene Harris, Charlene Rollock, Kevin Jack, Sherid Mason and Sunil, will return to the stage to perform alongside seasoned members and apprentices.

Pioneer dancer and choreographer, Noble Douglas, discusses costuming details with designer, Merylle Mahabir, in preparation for the NDDCI’s 30th anniversary season, TEETH. (Photos courtesy - Maria Nunes)

Pioneer dancer and choreographer, Noble Douglas, discusses costuming details with designer, Merylle Mahabir, in preparation for the NDDCI’s 30th anniversary season, TEETH. (Photos courtesy – Maria Nunes)

Douglas, the company’s founder and artistic director, reflected on the current dance season, “Audiences will see more than dancers dancing as we engage the process of dancers changing. For the first time, the company’s members range in age from 16 to 40+ where apprentices will share the stage with their teachers. That’s so profound. Particularly in a society where generations refuse to connect and build with one another.”

A sneak peek at the energy behind the scenes with the apprentices of the Noble Douglas Dance Company Inc. (NDDCI), rehearsing for TEETH. (Photos courtesy - Maria Nunes)

A sneak peek at the energy behind the scenes with the apprentices of the Noble Douglas Dance Company Inc. (NDDCI), rehearsing for TEETH. (Photos courtesy – Maria Nunes)

The engaging programme of primarily new works by Douglas, Dave Williams, Arlene Frank and Penelope Kalloo will also include one remounted piece, Manifestation, choreographed by UK-based, Christel De Souza. Williams, who also gave the show its name, was inspired to create a three-part retrospective performance piece entitled Older More with the 40+ retired alumni dancers in mind.

At the recent COCO Dance Festival 2014, audiences were first introduced to Williams’ latest provocative choreography where an excerpt from Older More, Only vanity sees us, was staged.

NDDCI’s associate artistic director, Harris, who is also a recipient of the COCO 2014 Trailblazer Award shared, “The energy is amazing, almost nostalgic in the studio when we get together to rehearse. It feels like old times. I am looking forward to feeling and sharing that energy with them once again on stage.”

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