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6 pm: The Trinidad Theatre Workshop stages Fool For Love,
by Sam Shepard. Directed by Timmia Hearn Feldman. Starring
Nickolai Salcedo, Sindy Nurse and Errol "Blood" Roberts. Tickets
cost $150 with complimentary bar. Trinidad Theatre Workshop,
corner Jerningham Avenue and Norfolk Street, Belmont.
Tickets and info: 624-8502 and trinidadtheatreworkshop.com
6 pm: Panwomen is Boss, an all-woman concert in honour of
Trinidad's female pan pioneers. Featuring Derianne Dyett, Jesse
Mohammed, Ayana Garcia, Anthea Balfour, Natasha Joseph
and MAW-B, Wasa Foli drummers, Solo Harmonites Junior
Female Ensemble, and Moore's Music Production. La Joya
Auditorium, Eastern Main Road, St Joseph.
6 pm: Believe, Celebrating the Joy of Music, a fund-raising
concert to benefit tenor Christian Joel, who is studying in
France. Church of the Assumption, Maraval.
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.
5.30 pm: The University of T&T presents Toon Market, the
Animation Student Show 2013. Screening of animated shorts
from UTT 2013 diploma programme. Napa, Port-of-Spain.
7.30 pm: Steven Edwards Productions hosts the opening of
Act it Out Theatre Festival, five plays staged over five
consecutive days. Theatre for the whole family. Napa, Port-of-
Spain. Info: Act it Out Theatre Festival's Facebook page.
8 pm: Cut + Clear Productions presents Freedom.com---
Heroes of Wha?, a concert commemorating Emancipation.
Featuring 3Canal and the Cut + Clear Crew, and the 2Cents
Movement. The Normandie, St Ann's. Tickets: Stetchers, Long
Circular Mall, Gulf City and Trincity Mall; Cut + Clear
Productions, Ariapita Avenue; and the Normandie, St Ann's.
8 pm: LiveArt Bistro presents Bossa Nova, the music of
Carlos Jobim. Featuring Francine van Dam, Dutch flautist and
vocalist, accompanied by the Sean Thomas Trio. LiveArt Bistro,
5 Albion Street, Port-of-Spain. Info: 625-7123.
8 pm: TAO Sushi presents Word & Jazz. Featuring different
guest performer of jazz or spoken word every week. Info:
10 am: Jouvay Ayiti hosts Mango Season Mas Making
Workshop on papier mache. Will run for four consecutive
Saturdays, starting September 7. Cost: $800. Studio 66, 66
Sixth Street, Barataria. Info: 353-8233 or e-mail
The Classical Music Development Foundation
presents its first music competition for tertiary
level students of music. Sponsored by the National
Gas Co and First Citizens Asset Management.
August 9, Queen's Hall, St Ann's
Round 1: 5 pm; Round 2: 7.30 pm.
Audience Prize decided by silent ballot after semi-final event
Advance tickets $100; at the door $150
August 10, Queen's Hall
Advance tickets $200; at the door $250
Finalists' Masterclass with Hilda Harris of the Manhattan
School of Music and Spanish conductor Carlos Fernandez
Free to the public
In January, the Sunday Arts Section
profiled young dancer Juan-Pablo Alba
"He can be considered a professional
ballet, jazz, and modern dancer, and
two pieces of his choreography pre-
miered on stage in 2010 and 2011 with
the Metamorphosis Dance Co. He was
also awarded the Kathleen Armstrong
Kilgour Dance Scholarship in 2010 for
commitment and dedication to dance
practice from the Caribbean School of
Dance. Last week he was accepted into
the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive pro-
gramme after auditioning in Miami."
Dennis, 20, has since been accepted
into the Ailey School at Fordham Uni-
versity, New York, to pursue a BFA in
dance. To raise funds for his continued
education, the 2011 recipient of a Beijing
Dance Academy scholarship from the
Dai Ailian Foundation will hold a benefit
The show will include performances
by "a community of exceptional artists
like 3Canal, Metamorphosis Dance Co,
Wendell Constantine, the Lydians Choir,
2Cents Movement" and others, said a
press release from the show's organis-
Dancer and choreographer
Sonja Dumas is also a lecturer
who stimulated and delighted
the T&T TEDx Talk audience earlier
this year with a provocative defence of
the country's "wine" dance; she's a
writer who won an award in the 2011
Commonwealth Short Story Compe-
tition; and she's a filmmaker who took
home the best film prize at the 2010
T&T Film Festival.
The multi-faceted, multi-talented
Dumas will present---in conjunction
with the New Waves! Institute---her
contemporary dance creation, The
Strange Tale of an Island Shade, at the
National Academy for Performing Arts
(Napa), Port-of-Spain's dance studio
on July 31.
The piece, performed by Dumas'
Continuum Dance Co and one New
Waves! dancer, is not only a display of
local dance talent; as expected from
something by Dumas, it's also an explo-
ration of serious social topics---race,
colour and class---that incorporates pro-
jected text, song and other experimental
"Essentially it is about dealing with
the anxieties of a multiracial island in
terms of race, shade, class and other
types of otherness," Dumas said of the
40-minute work, which debuted at the
COCO Dance Festival---another of her
"A lot of the time I use choreography
to question and to investigate things
that concern me," she explained. "The
piece is really an amalgamation of
observations of how people behave in
a multiracial state."
Strange Tale is a good match with
New Waves!, which was founded in
2010 to not only develop dance through
classes and performances but also to
stimulate reflection and conversation
among the dancers and audience. The
institute brings international and local
dancers together for a series of classes
As part of the institute's annual pro-
gramme, which runs for ten days and
ends on August 1 this year, playwright
Tony Hall was invited to be a scholar-
in-residence and share his Jouvay Pop-
ular Theatre Process with the institute's
dancers. The process involves using
creativity, through traditional Carnival
characters, to promote group and per-
The institute will explore the Jouvay
process during a series of roundtable
discussions at the Tobago Heritage Fes-
tival this weekend.
Strange Tale was the choice this year
of New Waves! Local Dance Commis-
sion Programme, which awards a show-
ing and a $3,000 honorarium to a wor-
Founder of New Waves!, choreogra-
pher and dancer Makeda Thomas, saw
Strange Tale at the COCO festival and
"It's biting, it's funny, it's aesthetically
beautiful, it's political and social com-
mentary," Thomas said. "This kind of
dance work is important in Trinidad."
The presentation is also a show of
mutual professional respect and support
between the two choreographers.
Dumas invited Thomas to show her
work at COCO in 2009.
"New Waves! recognises the tremen-
dous commitment that Sonja has to
making work in Trinidad," said Thomas.
"I'm amazed at how she's been able to
maintain her company and produce the
kind of work she is producing, given
the lack of resources and support for
dance artists. We want to encourage
her and contribute to the building of
the dance community."
Says Dumas: "It's always useful to
have the kind of critical mass that is
generated when we support each other's
work. It widens the conversation; it
widens the exposure to the work; it
widens people's awareness of what's
happening in the world of contemporary
"It's something that New Waves! has
striven to do from the get go," she
added, "to widen the conversation about
what art is and how do we make social
commentary in art."
More info: makedathomas.org
For the love
For the Love of Dance, the Juan-
Pablo Alba Dennis fund-raiser, is
scheduled to start at 7 pm nightly on
August 2 and 3 at the Little Carib
Theatre, corner of White and Roberts
streets, Woodbrook. Tickets and info:
389-0271, 475-5475, 707-2926, 767-
5780, or 499-3937.
Dancer and choreographer Juan-Pablo
Alba Dennis. PHOTO COURTESY
JUAN-PABLO ALBA DENNIS
A dance project for
the mind and eyes
Sonja Dumas' dance The Strange Tale of an Island Shade. PHOTO COURTESY JEFFREY CHOCK/ CONTINUUM DANCE CO
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