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Since 2009, the Contemporary Chore-
ographers Collective (Coco) Dance Festival
has been showcasing local choreography
talent, and further celebrating the dance
community and its supporters with the
addition of the Coco Awards in 2012.
The festival is calling on artistes and com-
panies for submissions for the 2014 cycle.
Started by Sonja Dumas, Nancy Herrera,
Nicole Wesley and Dave Williams, previous
festivals have featured works of the founders
as well as dance and creative arts practi-
tioners from multiple disciplines and training
centres across T&T, Jamaica, Canada and
The festival's relationships with the dance
programmes at UTT and UWI have made
it a platform for the development of inno-
vative and experimental contemporary cho-
The Coco Awards honours dancers, cho-
reographers and supporters in the categories
of Young Mavericks, Trailblazers and Van-
guards. Coco Festival participants who have
demonstrated innovation in choreographers
both in and out of the festival can join the
likes of Anika Marcelle, Bridgette Wilson
and Afiya Huggins, winners of the COCO
Choreographer's Awards in 2012 and 2013.
Festival applications must be submitted
either electronically or by post by August
15.Hard copy submissions must include two
DVD copies of the artist's work. Electronic
submissions must include a recording of
the artist's work, as well as any YouTube,
Vimeo or professional Web site links. Inter-
ested people must request an application
form from Coco Dance Festival via e-mail.
The application includes a $100 (US$15)
processing fee which must be made either
by certified cheque or direct deposit at
Scotiabank. Account name: Contemporary
Choreographers' Collective; account number:
Applications and processing fees must
be received by 4 pm on August 15.
On July 30, the T&T Film Festival, in
collaboration with the Emancipation Sup-
port Committee and with technical services
from North Eleven, will present Finding
Fela (2014), a documentary on the life of
a towering figure of music and resistance.
Nigeria's Fela Anikulapo Kuti (1938--1997)
is arguably the greatest musician to come
out of Africa in the 20th century, the inven-
tor of the groundbreaking sound known as
The screening takes place ahead of a live
performance by Kuti's son, Seun Kuti, and
his band Egypt 80, at the Queen's Park
Savannah the following evening, July 31.
The venue for the screening of the film---
which is 119 minutes long---is the VIP Room
of the Grand Stand at the Queen's Park
Savannah. The film begins at 7 pm. Seun
Kuti will be present at the end to engage
in a Q&A session with the audience.
Admission is free and open to everyone.
• Visit the T&T Film Festival on Facebook.
Nickolai Salcedo has come out of his first
feature film a changed man. Salcedo, a
singer/songwriter, painter and actor, last
year won the role of Ulric Cross in Frances-
Anne Solomon s upcoming biopic Hero. He
spent three months this year in London and
"It was quite the journey," said Salcedo in
an interview in Diego Martin in early July.
Born in Trinidad in 1917, Cross, a Royal Air
Force navigator and possibly the most decorated
West Indian in World War II, was a jurist and
diplomat. He died last year. Solomon's film
traces his childhood in Trinidad and his life
in the UK before tracing his footsteps to Ghana,
where Cross practiced and taught law.
Salcedo said that London and Ghana
changed him to the point where he felt, "I
don't know which Nickolai is going back to
Trinidad and perhaps it doesn't matter."
Hearing the mixture of music in Brixton,
London awakened a new sound for him. "That
was the beginning of the end of my previous
musical incarnation. I'm hearing a different
sound space. In London I was basically a child.
London was a total rebirth."
Having played a supporting role in the docu-
drama Pan! Our Musical Odyssey, which is
now in post-production and expected to be
the opening film at the T&T Film Festival in
September, Salcedo went into the Hero shoot-
ing with little film experience.
However, he said, he got no complaints
about his portrayal of the iconic Cross. "I think
we had some golden moments where I was
able to drop Nickolai totally and become Ulric,"
he said. "What I did go for a lot was just being
The film is a stylised history, he said.
"I think the intention was to use Ulric as
a pivotal point around which to tell a story of
a general type of individual and personality
that existed at that point in time, the story
of how people from Africa were taken to the
Caribbean and into slavery and used the tools
of the imperialist---the education and those
sorts of things---to gain a certain level of under-
standing and go back to Africa and help Africa
to rebuild. That was the essence of the film."
Initially asked to shoot in London for a
month, Salcedo said the filming stretched out
to almost three, including five weeks in Herne
Hill, close to Brixton, and six weeks in Ghana.
He had never been out of Trinidad that
long before, he said.
He wrote only one song in London, he said,
but in Ghana he bought a toy kora, a traditional
West African stringed instrument, and used
it to write on, even though it was hard to tune.
"I wrote a few songs. It forced me to start
writing simple; just around four notes."
He added, "Since I've been back I've been
on an iPad crafting songs."
He's also working towards an exhibition of
his paintings by the end of the year, and is
rehearsing for another stage role.
The frontman and guitarist for the band
Gyazette, Salcedo is well known to his fans
for his anthemic song Captain. "Who is the
captain of this ship?" the song asks, answering,
"Off with you, this ship ent for you!"
Salcedo says he has always been worried
about what other people think; but that has
Filmmaking sisters to bring
Trini romance to big screen
A romantic comedy that will show the world
a Trini Christmas is set to begin shooting soon.
This Love stars Chike Pilgrim and Elisha Bartels
as two neighbours who try to reunite after a
breakup. The task is made more challenging as
they get pulled into problems in the neighbour-
hood, which is being threatened with demolition
by a real estate developer who wants to build an
The film is set during Christmas time and is
scheduled for release in December.
"I'm here to make you fall in love with T&T
again. We are going to bring the beauty and wonder
of a real Trini Christmas to the silver screen, and
we want you to help us," says the film's co-
writer/director, Asha King, on a video on the film's
Web site that makes an appeal for sponsorship.
"We want to show the world what is real laugh-
ter, holding yuh belly and crying," says King. "How
we argue, how we laugh, how we move, how we
talk, how we think, and we need you to help us
make this a reality."
King is a film production graduate from New
York University. Her short The Pierrot Grenade
was a selection at the 2011 T&T Film Festival.
Her sister, Dalia, a fiction writer and business-
woman, is the film's co-writer and assistant direc-
tor.The cast of more than 50 actors includes film
and stage regulars Conrad Parris, Kearn Samuel
and Patti-Anne Ali.
The film is being produced by A Love Affinity
Productions Ltd, a company founded by Asha
"The company's name is a reflection of the
type of work it intends to produce," it said in a
This Love is one of many local films that are
in different stages of production this year. The
Sunday Arts Section will be looking at some of
them over the coming weeks. ---Erline Andrews
• Visit thislovemovie.com
Freedom Morning coming
Freedom Morning will come again on August
1 outside the Treasury Building in Port-of-Spain.
As part of this year s Emancipation celebrations,
Eintou Pearl Springer s one-act play Freedom
Morning Come will be staged in Port-of-Spain,
a short distance away from where the 1834
Emancipation Proclamation was read.
The play is a conversation between the enslaved
people who gathered in Woodford (then Brunswick)
Square. It was first staged in 2010. The play starts
at 6 am outside the Treasury, Eric Williams Finance
Building, Independence Square, Port-of-Spain,
and will be followed by the Emancipation Support
Committee's Kambule procession.
Scan, choreographed by Dave Williams, performed in the Coco Dance Festival in 2009.
PHOTO: JEFFREY CHOCK/COCO DANCE FESTIVAL
Coco calls for submissions
Collective, PO Box 10322, St James,
Trinidad and Tobago
Nickolai Salcedo in character as Ulric Cross on the set of the biopic Hero.
PHOTO COURTESY FRANCES-ANNE SOLOMON
Fela Kuti doc to screen for Emancipation
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