The National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) of Jamaica proves that emancipation is the genesis of creativity. The NDTC, which was founded in 1962 – the year Jamaica gained independence from Great Britain – will grace Toronto with one performance only this fall.
NDTC’s “Tribute to Rex” is an ode to its legendary co-founder, Ralston Milton “Rex” Nettleford, OM, FIJ, OCC, who died in 2010. Nettleford was a Jamaican scholar, activist, dance aficionado, Professor and Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies.
NDTC has been lauded for its ability to fuse “the lore, music and dance traditions of Jamaica, Africa and the American South, with both modern and classical ballet”.
Under the seasoned leadership of artistic director, Barry Moncrieffe, NDTC has taken its belief that “dance, music and song” are tools to inspire creativity to new levels. With a well-honed international reputation, the company has moved audiences from Sydney to Kiev, New York to London and is poised to do the same for its long-awaited return to Toronto.
“The power to create and innovate remains the greatest guarantee of respect and recognition,” said Nettleford.
The company’s performance in Toronto, which will summon the greatness of Nettleford’s signature, seminal choreography, with works like “Dialogue for Three” and “Kumina”, is a fitting end to its 52nd season.
The National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica’s “Tribute to Rex” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. East.
Tickets are available at Ticketmaster and the Sony Centre Box Office.
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