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Metamorphosis Dance Company
Presents: "Connections"
Queen's Hall
Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th, Saturday 5th July 2008 at 8.00 p.m
Sunday 6th July 2008 at 6.30 p.m.

Artistic Director: Nancy Herrera
Production Team: Nancy Herrera, Gillian Merry, Carol Yip Choy, Susan Shurland, Lisa Beharry, Nariba Robinson.
Lighting: Curtis Bachan
Stage Management: Maria King, Calvin Bartholomew, Paul King and Rodrick Gordon
Make up: Edmond Johnson
Artwork concept and graphic design: Inglefield/Ogilvy Creative Team

Vandana (2008)
The Sounds of Creation

Vandana opens invoking God in many of his manifold aspects with body, mind and soul, expressing humility, love and respect while sanctifying the performance space. It begins with invocative frescoes, then drums and voices chanting "OM", the primordial sound of creation, preservation and dissolution; ending with adoration to the Lord of Dance.

Choreography: Sat Balkaransingh and Nancy Herrera
Vocalists led by Dr. Rasika Ekbote
Dancers: Puja Malhora and dancers of MGICC, Sat Balkaransingh, Nirtyanjali Theatre, Safiya De Four, Dominique Samaroo, Crystal Lyons and Camille Fitz-Worme.
Musicians: Live Ensemble

Transcendence (2005)
Choreography: Gary De Matas
Music:
Part one: Germination - Mickey Hart and traditional drumming
Part two: Actualisation - Eyuphuro
Part three: Propagation - Giampiero Ponte
Costume: Sonja Dumas and Simone Phillips
Dancers: Anisa Lewis, Anya Seepaul, Catherine Young, Chanel Martin-Phillip, Danae Bruce, Dominique Samaroo, Katherine Carrera, Lorraine Fanan, Ruth Porther, Safiya De Four, Shari Rhyner, Sidelle Wooding, Zakiya Savary

Le Deuil (premiere)
She mourns, yet the epitome of resilience.
Choreography: André Largen
Music: Nina Simone
Costume: André Largen
Dancer: Crystal Lyons/Cretia Lewis

The Cherry Tree (premiere)
"Leave me to my land
Tethered like tree" (A. Vaughan)

Choreography: Brenda Baden-Semper
Music:
Part one (Where Is The Green?): Liam Teague - Hands Like Lightning/Black Stalin - A New Portrait of Trinidad
Part two (An Axe To The Root!): Shostakovich Symphony, Amampando - State of Emergency.
Part three (The Breaking Strings): Mahabharata - original sound track
Part four (Run Fast): Roy Cape - instrumental
Set design: Brenda Baden-Semper and Simone Phillips
Costume concept: Brenda Baden-Semper realized by Natalie Phillips
Dancers: The Company

After the Fat Lady Sings, Then What? (2007)
Dedicated to Felix Harrington, Mr Breedy's first folk teacher
Choreography: Gregor Breedy
Music: Leon Parker; Irene Cara
Costume and set design: Gregor Breedy.
Dancers: Gregor Breedy, Ian Baptiste, Deon Baptiste

Steps in the Street - "Devastation - Homelessness - Exile" (1936)
Premiered on 20 December 1936 at the Guild Theatre, New York City. This is an excerpt from one of Martha Graham’s anti-war pieces called Chronicle, a piece which comes out of her feelings about the Spanish Civil War. "Steps" is a portrait of the human condition, and its subtitle, "Devastation - Homelessness - Exile", conjures up as much meaning today
as it had in 1936 when the piece was created.

Graham’s choreography is focused on one woman, who is constantly bypassed by lines of 12 other women in black. This early work of Graham has been revived to look fresh, while maintaining its abstractness.

Choreography: Martha Graham
Design: Martha Graham
Original lighting design: Jean Rosenthal. Lighting design reconstructed by Curtis Bachan.
Music: Wallingford Riegger
Rehearsal director: Michelle Mose
Cast: Safiya de Four, Lorraine Fanan, Crystal Letren, Anisa Lewis,
Cretia Lewis, Crystal Lyons, Zakiya Savary, Carla Williams,
Catherine Young, Anya Seepaul, Danae Bruce, Ruth Porther

Drums of the Nation and Tatkar (2008)
This item highlights the intricate foot movements of the Kathaks and Tappers. The Kathaks pride themselves on flawless demonstration of the range, texture and pitch of the various sounds which the feet and the ankle bells or gunghroos can produce. The tappers follow suit. The dancers set the tempo for the musicians to follow, ending in a grand crescendo. And even as one assumes that the end has arrived, the rhythm continues .. for such is the rhythm of life.

Concept: Sat Balkaransingh, Gillian Merry and Everald "Redman" Watson
Traditional American Tap Steps codified by Heather Rees
Choreography: Puja Mulhotra, Gillian Merry and Sat Balkaransingh
Music: Live Indian and African Rhythms
African drum rhythms: Everald (Redman) Watson, Larry Haywood, Gary Haywood
Pannist: Martin Cain
Tabla: Prashant Patasar
Sitar: Sharda Patasar

Tap dancers: Zulema Charles, Candice Ellis-Taitt, Dominique Samaroo, Chanel Martin-Phillips, Ashley Arismandez, Fayola King-Lawrence, Tiffany Lewis

Kathak dancers from the Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Cultural Cooperation: Puja Malhotra, Sashikala Roopchandsingh and Roma Johnny, and from the Nrityanjali Theatre: Sat Balkaransingh, Malvani Seelal Alexander, Soma Dhanraj Mangroo and Veejhi Seeramlal

INTERMISSION

Sermon on the Rock
Choreography: Gregor Breedy and the dancers
Costuming: Sean Edwards
Music: Various Rap Artists
Dancers: NA Pioneers - Anthony Lawrence, Chad Cachie, Emmanuel White and Kwame Sealy

NA Pioneers began as a bunch of young individuals who had a passion for dancing and took classes at the Necessary Arts School. Their enthusiasm was put to use and they moved from dancing in front of the mirror to accompanying popular artists such as Olatunji, Umi Marcano and Farmer Nappy on stage.

Counting ......(premiere)
Of individual vulnerability, institutional voyeurism and tropical violence.
This is a study for a larger work.

Choreography: Sonja Dumas
Music: Atilla the Hun, traditional Caribbean folk song - Island in the Sun
Script: Sonja Dumas, Safiya de Four, Chanel Martin Phillips
Design: Sonja Dumas and Simone Phillips
Dancer: Safiya de Four/Chanel Martin Phillips
Drama coaching: Che Rodriguez

Blue Red Woman (2004)
Choreography: Sonja Dumas
Music: Gillian Moor
Design: Set - Sonja Dumas; Costume - Simone Phillips
Dancer: Crystal Letren/Anisa Lewis
Live musical performance: Gillian Moor and the Sweet Lavway

Night Falls, the Day Begins (2004)
Choreography: Sonja Dumas
Music: John Arcadius
Costume curating: Sonja Dumas
Dancer: Lorraine Fanan/Zakiya Savary

Bow-Wood (2007)
The piece is inspired by the research of historian Mark Quintanilla into the interpersonal relationships of people in colonial societies of the Caribbean. This is the story of Hugh Perry Keane, a Vincentian planter, and Betty Keane, who was both his "plantation wife" and "Sable Venus".

Choreography: Nancy Herrera and Adele Bynoe
Music: Johann Schein and Georg Freidrich Händel, played by The Lydian Steel
Design: Simone Phillips
Cast: Safiya De Four (as Betty Keane), Ian Baptiste (as Hugh Perry Keane),
Crystal Letren, Cretia Lewis, Anisa Lewis, Crystal Lyons, Anya Seepaul, Zakiya Savary

Tarana with visitations of Tap (2008)
The Tarana highlights the technique of the Kathak classical dance, where graceful linear and rounded movements, variations of pirouettes or chakkars are interwoven with permutations of footwork, known as tatkar, to melodies woven around a fixed musical mode (nagma). The Kathak dancers invite their neighbours, the Tap dancers, onstage and together they evoke a new and rich blend of Indian classical and Afro-American, now Trinidadian dance .. each drumming out on the foor the separate identity of its people while maintaining a common rhythmic pulse ... a common aspiration; towards true development and harmonious living.

Concept: Sat Balkaransingh
Choreography: Puja Malhotra, Gillian Merry and Sat Balkaransingh
Music: live ensemble and African rhythms arrangement based on an original composition of Pundit Birju Maharaj, expanded by Dr. Rasika Ekbote, sung in Raga Bhairavi set to the time cycles of Dhamar and Teen Taal (14 and 16 beats respectively).

African drum rhythms: Everald (Redman) Watson, Larry Haywood, Gary Haywood
Tabla: Prashant Patasar
Sitar: Sharda Patasar

Tap dancers: Zulema Charles, Candice Ellis-Taitt, Dominique Samaroo, Chanel Martin-Phillips, Ashley Arismandez, Fayola King-Lawrence, Tiffany Lewis

Kathak dancers from the Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Cultural Cooperation: Puja Malhotra, Sashikala Roopchandsingh and Roma Johnny, and from the Nrityanjali Theatre: Sat Balkaransingh, Malvani Seelal Alexander, Soma Dhanraj Mangroo and Veejhi Seeramlal