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4 pm: His Excellency the President
presents his Oxygen Concert Series.
Various performers. Free and open to
the public. Continues July 14 and 21.
The bandstand at the Botanic
The Art Society shows Danielle
Boodoo-Fortuné's Criatura, recent
paintings and poems. Until July 5.
Gallery hours: 10 am-5 pm. The Art
Society, corner Jamaica Boulevard
and St Vincent Avenue, Federation
Park, Port-of-Spain. Info: 622-9827 or
Medulla Art Gallery shows Richard
Mark Rawlins' exhibition Steupps.
Until July 24. Rawlins will give an
artist talk on July 17 at 7 pm. Medulla
Art Gallery, 37 Fitt Street,
Woodbrook. Info and gallery hours:
740-7597 or e-mail:
The Cloth hosts a Pop-Up Shop.
Until July 2. The Cloth Propaganda
Space, 24 Erthig Road, Belmont. Info:
8 pm: Production One Ltd stages
Songbirds Live, featuring Kelli Nova.
La Cantina Pizzeria, Victoria Avenue,
Port-of-Spain. Tickets and info: 620-
6920 or songbirdslive.com
The National Museum and Art
Gallery shows Dear Joseph, an
exhibition of works from the national
art collection. Featuring works by
Carlisle Chang, Sybil Atteck, Noel
Vaucrosson and others. Continues
until March 15, 2014. Gallery hours:
Tue--Sat 10 am--6 pm. The Marie
Louise Hall of the National Museum
and Art Gallery, 117 Frederick Street,
Port-of-Spain. Info: 623-5941.
7 pm: The Trinidad Theatre
Workshop stages Fool For Love. Gala
opening reception featuring
performance by Mungal Patesar;
tickets cost $500. Play written by
Sam Shepard. Directed by Timmia
Hearn Feldman. Starring Nickolai
Salcedo, Sindy Nurse and Errol
"Blood" Roberts. Play continues July
7-28 from Thur-Sun. Showtimes are 8
pm daily and 6 pm on Sundays;
tickets cost $150 with complimentary
bar. Trinidad Theatre Workshop,
corner Jerningham Avenue and
Norfolk Street, Belmont. Tickets and
info: 624-8502 and
7.30 pm: Ruth Osman hosts Letting
Go, a CD launch. Continues July 7,
5.30 pm. Little Carib Theatre, corner
White and Roberts Streets,
Woodbrook. Info and tickets: 468-
10 am: Jouvay Ayiti hosts Mango
Season Mas Making Workshops.
Workshops on the following
techniques, starting on days
indicated, will run for four consecutive
Saturdays: July 20: Wire bending;
September 7: Papier mache. Cost:
$800 per workshop series. Studio 66,
66 Sixth Street, Barataria. Info: 353-
8233 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Elle NYTT dance studio, which offers
training in ballet, dancehall, hip hop and soca,
has staged two productions aimed at show-
casing the diverse abilities of its tutors and
students. Its third production, En Route, pre-
miering July 12 at the Little Carib Theatre, will
take a different approach, holding the spotlight
on another of the company s specialties, modern
and contemporary dance.
"This time we wanted to show the more
creative side and the more artistic side (of the
company). We have really strong modern/con-
temporary choreographers," said Elle director
and founder La Shaun Prescott, who dances
and choreographs for soca performer Machel
Montano, but who has experience in more tra-
ditional styles through training and performing
with La Chapelle, Metamorphosis and other
companies. She s currently working on a mas-
ter s degree in dance at New York Universi-
ty.Other En Route performers have similar
Delton Frank studied ballet, modern dance
and jazz with La Chapelle and the Caribbean
School of Dancing. Megan Navarro, who made
the suggestion that modern dance should be
the focus of Elle s third production, also studied
with the Caribbean School and completed the
School of Toronto Dance Theatre professional
Candice Ho Wong dances with Kes the Band
but has contemporary training and experience
with Astor Johnston Repertory Dance Theatre
and the Trinity Dance Theatre. Anika Marcelle
trained at London Contemporary Dance School.
The pieces in En Route are meant to illustrate
emotional experiences at various stages in the
"Life is a journey for all of us. We all go
through the same things at different times,"
reads the En Route event page on Facebook.
"And even the company itself is also on a
journey," said Prescott, further explaining the
rationale behind the name.
"Because we are developing as choreogra-
phers and as dancers."
Elle started in 2007 as Elle Incorporated. As
the company s reach expanded to include New
York a name change became necessary. Prescott
had taken up an offer to lead soca-dancing
workshops in the city.
"I think it s a step forward in terms of getting
soca as a dance recognised internationally," she
said, "and I think it s also a way of promoting
Trinidad culture outside of T&T."
Prescott has video from her soca workshops
on her YouTube channel, and a look at any
one of them shows that soca dancing can be
as intricate as any other form of dance. Nev-
ertheless, Prescott welcomes the opportunity
to show off the full capabilities of performers
audiences may have dismissed as just attractive
backups to soca, dancehall and hip hop artists.
"This is going to be an opportunity for people
that may not have known us in that light, that
only know us in the light of dancing with artists
on stage, to say, Hey, they can actually do
other things, " she said.
Elle dancers involvement in popular dance
forms provides at least one advantage.
"There have been modern and contemporary
companies in Trinidad for years, and they ve
been putting on shows every year," said Prescott.
"But it would only be people who are in the
arts fraternity who would know about it. We
tap into an audience that is far extended beyond
the arts community."
There are other aspects of En Route that
will make it different from similar productions.
"The choreographers themselves have such
unique styles" that each stands out, said
Prescott. "You see a piece by Anika Marcelle,
and you know that is distinctly her style. It s
different from anything else in Trinidad. Delton
also has a lot of international experience that
brings a different perspective to the table."
Many of the pieces will be "very personal,"
said Prescott. One of the three pieces she will
be performing was based on her experience in
New York after Hurricane Sandy devastated
parts of the US east coast last year and left
many in the city without electricity and water
"I ve never experienced anything like that,"
said Prescott. "In their own life [members of
the audience] would have gone through strug-
gles, they would have gone through sacrifices,
so that when they look at the piece they could
The response has been good since Elle started
to promote En Route, said Prescott. This may
be a reflection of the increased attention and
respect dance has been getting in T&T.
"I feel like with dance in Trinidad we really
need to educate people, but I feel we re getting
there," she said. "They ve introduced a dance
programme at UTT. And there are a lot of stu-
dents looking at it as a viable career option."
The En Route Facebook page was only put
up one day before the interview, and already,
said Prescott, "There s a buzz. There s an excite-
ment. That is very refreshing for me. I feel
that we re going to live up to people s expec-
Elle troupe focuses
on modern dance
En Route will run for three days at the Little
Carib Theatre, corner White and Roberts
streets, Woodbrook, starting July 12. For
more information, check Elle NYTT's
Facebook page or call 788- 3553 or 391-
Strength of a Woman, choreographed by Candice Ho Wong. Dancing in the piece are Machel Montano backup dancer La Shaun Prescott, left, and
Kes the Band dancer Candice Ho Wong, third from left. PHOTO COURTESY ELLE NYTT
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