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METAMORPHOSIS DANCE COMPANY
Presents: "Then and Now"
UK Tour and Season 2004

2004 has seen Metamorphosis busier then ever presenting a Season of choreography in Trinidad in April/May, and preparing for it's 2nd UK tour, in July. The Season played to packed houses for 5 nights at Queen's Hall Port-Of-Spain, and Naparima Bowl San Fernando. Highlight's included the return of Aminta "Maggie" Cooper from the Lion King Hamburg cast, who danced a newly-commissioned duet by Dave Williams and a solo. Andre Largen, formerly of Alvin Ailey returned to choreograph "Infinite Pursuit" with designs by Gillian Bishop, and for Naparima Bowl, Nyasha George returned from Howard University's dance programme in Washington DC, to re-create her forceful interpretation of Astor Johnson's "She".

Metamorphosis could not exist without collaborations. The Company enjoys professional relationships with designers and choreographers both local and foreign, and it's own team of drummers led by master drummer "Redman". It continues to enjoy a particularly close relationship with choreographer Sonja Dumas, whose contemporary Caribbean style has become inextricably linked with it's performances. This unique fusion of modern, ballet, jazz and folk styles speaks of contemporary life in the Caribbean. The Company is fortunate to have Sonja accompany them on their UK Tour to conduct workshops in this exciting new style.

"Then and Now" is Metamorphosis' 2nd tour of the UK, taking in 5 cities including a 10-day residency at the Merseyside International Festival. The programme looks back into ancestry in the pure folk pieces "Soiree" and "Tribe"; explores history and timeline in "Continuum" and "1"; through the history of the woman in "She" and "Black is the Colour"; and to the future in "Spaces Between", and "Oh Be Joyful". As Metamorphosis looks forward to it's 10th anniversary, "Tour 2004 - Then and Now" is a time for celebration!

UK Tour 2004

Personnel:-

Artistic Director: Nancy Herrera
Production Team: Gillian Merry, Sonja Dumas, Carol Yip Choy
Administration: Susan Shurland-Maharaj and Gillian Merry
Workshop Team: Sonja Dumas and Everald "Redman" Watson
Dancers: Nequila Atherley, Lisa Beharry, Fana Fraser, Nyasha George, Kizzy Gift, Mandisa Granderson, Emma Herrera, Stephanie Laughlin, Anikka Reveillac, Shari Rhyner and Bridgette Wilson.

Tour Dates - July 2004:-

Thursday 8th and Friday 9th - Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury
Saturday 10th - Town Hall Studios, Swindon
Sunday 11th - Trafalgar Square, London
Thursday 15th - St Paul's Family Resource Centre, Bristol
Friday 16th - Liverpool Philharmonic Concert Hall
Saturday 17th - Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
Sunday 18th - Queen's Square, Liverpool
Wednesday 21st - Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Programme

"Soiree (2003)"
The Belé is a traditional folk dance found in different parts of the Caribbean. In Trinidad and Tobago, its roots are in the French minuet and West African rhythms. There are certain codes of dress, with certain designs, combinations of colours and patterns, such as plaids, to depict the function of each participant of what is called the Belé feast. The feast is a gathering of the community at the home of a hostess who is usually a Belé queen. Dancing and sharing of food, as well as the acknowledgement of the Belé queen and her successor are the primary functions of the feast. The word "Belé" is derived from the French term, 'belle aire', implying a series of stately, serene movements. When West African rhythms are imposed, however, the movements become infused with a different energy. As a result of the diversity of West African rhythms, there are several versions of the Belé, from slow to fast. Soiree departs from the traditional in that it presents several versions of the Belé in one dance and presents a palette of different colours in the costumes.

The songs are sung in one Caribbean version of Patois (also known as Creole or kweyol), which, in this case, is an amalgamation of different West African languages and French.  Different versions are found in different parts of the region.  The subject matter of the lyrics of each song varies, but usually has to do with the happenings of the community in which the singing is taking place.  The call and response format of singing is often employed.

Choreography: Joyce Kirton
Music: Traditional Drumming and folk songs
Drummer: Everald Watson
Design: Simone Phillips
Dancers: The Company

"The Spaces Between (2004)"
Choreography: Dave Williams
Music: Bjork
Design: Dave Williams
Dancers: Nyasha George and Stephanie Laughlin

"1 (1999)"
A collaboration between Sonja Dumas and the visual artist Susan Dayal, who created the costume and asked Sonja to think of movement to complement it. For Sonja the circles of the costume spoke of those features of life that unify us all. The extraordinary power of the number "1", which is at once simple and complex, is the best way to capture the fact that we co-exist in one world, one universe - as diverse as it is. The dancer also moves along one axis, which physically demarcates the number "1".
Choreography: Sonja Dumas
Music: Interpretation of Native American rhythms by Ron Allen
Design: Susan Dayal
Dancer: Lisa Beharry

"Black is the Colour (2003)"
An interpretation of the Nina Simone rendition of the song of the same name.
Choreography:  Sonja Dumas
Music: Nina Simone
Design: Sonja Dumas and Simone Phillips
Dancer: Shari Rhyner

"Continuum (2001)"
An exploration of ancestry and the notion of how one generation follows the next. Many of the movements were inspired by the work of contemporary visual artist Christopher Cozier, whose drawing of two long outstretched arms, each several feet long, serves as a motif for the third movement.. Still a work-in-progress, Continuum is likely to be different the next time it is performed.
Choreography: Sonja Dumas
Music: Soundtrack from "In the Blood"; music of the Baka Forest people of Southeast Cameroon; Ayub Ogada and by Mbarak Achieng and the Black Savage Band.
The Arms: Christopher Cozier
Design: Simone Phillips
Dancers: The Company

"Tribe (2003)"
Choreography: Delton Frank
Drummer: Everald Watson
Additional Music: "Bassa Kele" by Mamou Sidibe
Design: John Christopher
Dancers: The Company

"Oh Be Joyful (2000)"
Once upon a time, when the choreographer was a little girl, she was made to drink a combination of Red Solo and condensed milk. This was considered by her great aunt to be a substitute for tea, since children were not allowed to drink tea in those days of yore. Although Red Solo and condensed milk were, separately, two of her favourite drinks, the combination was the most repugnant beverage she had ever tasted. It caused her much grief to have to drink it. Many decades later she discovered that the drink had a nickname - Oh Be Joyful. Talk about ironic! While choreographing, for no apparent reason, the image of condensed milk, and by association, Red Solo, came to mind. Here's to bad-tasting combination drinks from a relatively happy childhood and choreography that seeks to be joyful. One does not necessarily have anything to do with the other. Oh Be Joyful (the dance) merely seeks to capture the joy of Caribbean life and living.
Choreography: Sonja Dumas
Music: Sweet Honey in the Rock; traditional rhythms; Salif Keita
Drummer: Everald Watson
The Voice: Tony Hall
Design: Simone Phillips

"She (1974)"
A trilogy on the black woman.  Literally, a comment on her womanhood; historically, an overall tracing of her race from the beginning of time until now; a lesson in courage.
Movement 1: She is Africa...out of her womb shall come the warriors
Movement 2: She is Rhythm...and cannot be resisted
Movement 3: She is Black...She, she alone
Choreography: Astor Johnson
Music: Traditional African-Caribbean percussion/Andre Tanker
Poem: Lasana Kwesi
The Metamorphosis Dance Company performs movements 2 and 3.
Design: Astor Johnson
Soloist: Nyasha George
Dancers: The Company

"Blue Red Woman (2004)"
An interpretation of the Trinidad and Tobago contemporary folk song of the same name.
Choreography: Sonja Dumas
Music: Gillian Moor
Design: Sonja Dumas
Dancer: Mandisa Granderson

"Night Falls, The Day Begins (2004)"
An exploration of hope lost and hope found.
Choreography: Sonja Dumas
Music: John Arcadius
Design: Sonja Dumas
Dancer: Emma Herrera