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Threshold, the new season by
the Noble Douglas Dance Co Inc
(NDDCI), concludes the company s
celebration of its 30th year of exis-
The production opened last night
and closes tonight at Queen's Hall.
It features new and classic chore-
ographic works by Noble Douglas,
Allan Balfour, Penelope Kalloo,
Arlene Frank, Delton Frank and
Balfour is the oldest founding
member currently aligned with the
group, and choreographed the title
piece. He said it's in line with the
company being on a threshold with
the youth of the company transi-
tioning to more senior roles.
"We still have some of the senior
members involved and performing
in the company, like Charlene Rol-
lock, Charlene Harris, Dave Williams,
Louanna Martin and Arlene Frank,
so we have a passing of the baton
period right now where senior mem-
bers are still involved and trying to
help build the capacity within the
junior members to come up to
scratch," he said.
"The company has a very strong
reputation of having very advanced
and difficult work relative to this
part of the region, because Noble
came with that vision and a lot of
the work was very concept work that
you would see in an international or
First World arena. So the young
members have a lot to live up to in
terms of performance and there are
a lot of the previous members who
were of extremely high quality that
left the Noble Douglas Dance Co
and went abroad and excelled."
Balfour said the piece Threshold
is about us living in a place where
there are challenges and struggles,
and there always being a threshold
where we have to make a decision
to cross over into a better life.
"This can be different things for
different people, from breaking
through in their family lives to a
change in thinking from teenager to
adult. For me the spiritual aspect of
it is very strong, in that we need to
be spiritually sound in what we
believe in and in my faith, the deci-
sion to cross the threshold will take
you into Heaven and everlasting life.
So the dance portrays that important
decision we have to make when we
reach the threshold and the dancers
are moving from one side of the
threshold which represents the
struggle and then to the other side,
which represents the victory."
Balfour said the audience will be
thrilled by the quality and style of
the performances, as there are some
thought-provoking messages which
will cause them to re-examine their
lives and realise that life is to be
"I think there is a great balance
of deep work and entertainment for
a wonderful show for the public. I
think the public will enjoy the fact
that the junior members of the com-
pany are performing at a higher level.
The pieces are diverse in their styles
but all have a contemporary flavour
so you have contemporary or modern
dance mixed with other elements;
for example, in Delton Frank's case
he's a folk-based choreographer, so
he's using live drumming and that
should be really exciting and inter-
esting. Megan Navarro is doing a
nouveau contemporary work and her
vocabulary is very wide and attractive
Balfour had high praise for Noble
Douglas and her work with the com-
pany over the last 30 years.
"I've been with the company since
1985 or 1987 and I'm the oldest
founding member that's aligned to
the company right now. I've danced
in almost all the major seasons that
she's had, and Noble for me has been
quite a mentor in dance because she
pushes us; the training we get is
really high quality training that you
would get from someone in an
advanced company. Right now my
involvement in the company is very
supportive as a choreographer as I
also have my own company, the
Trinity Dance Theatre."
Balfour had an admonition for the
audience and T&T in general. " I
know people are busy but it is
important that they come out and
expose their children and other peo-
ple to [the arts] and we encourage
people to do so."
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