L'Antoinette Stines turns dream into reality with new production
Dancing is her passion, and for years she's had the dream of bringing together dancers from the different companies across the island for one massive production. She has finally turned that dream into reality and this weekend, patrons will get to see her vision come to life as dance extraordinaire Dr L'Antoinette Stines presents a production titled L'Antoinette's Dream'.
In an interview with The Gleaner,Dr Stines founder, artistic director and principal choreographer of L'Acadco: A United Caribbean Dance Force, revealed that this weekend's production is especially important to her because it's more than just a show, it's a production which unites the dancing industry.
"The theme for this year is 'Building bridges through the arts', so from beginning to end, the show is about unity, coming together. It's not just a performance, it's an experience," she said. "There is so much talent in our dance industry, and one can only imagine the quality production that will come from all these creative groups."
The shows scheduled for this weekend will feature dancers from the ASHE performing arts group, the National Dance Theatre Company, Ardenne High school, Campion College, Dance Theatre Xaymaca, and Mount Alvernia High School. The production will also see performances from a few freelance dancers, as well as special guest dancers, Rema Williams and St Martin's Clara Reyes.
If one thought it would be difficult for Stines to get all these dancers together on one stage, then one would have thought wrong. The experienced dancer/choreographer revealed that getting the different creative groups to agree to a joint production was an easy feat.
"I approached the directors of the different companies and told them about my dream and humbly asked them to help me achieve it, and they did not hesitate," she said. "They allowed me to use their dancers despite having productions of their own to complete. I understood the sacrifice they were making so I did my best to work around their schedules. I didn't take them away from the work they were doing with their own groups and we made time to rehearse for this show."
PASSION FOR DANCE
Stines then went on to explain that she anticipated some level of difficulty getting the different groups to mesh, but was pleasantly surprised that they worked well together.
"The way they performed with each other, you would think they are all L'Acadco dancers," she said. "You could see that each of them had a passion and a drive for dance, and that was one of the main reasons they worked so well together. They are all professionals and they all worked very hard."
For persons interested in seeing L'Antoinette's dream unfold, the shows scheduled for this weekend will be held at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Tickets for the shows are available at Genus Pharmacy in Portmore, as well as the Philip Sherlock Centre for $2,000 per night. Saturday night's show is expected to get under way at 8:00 p.m., while Sunday's show is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.
Stines is encouraging Jamaicans to come out and support the event, as it promises to be a memorable one.
"Something like this has never been done before and may never happen again for now, so I encourage people to come out and enjoy the show," she said.
The show's choreographers include the experienced Michael Holgate, Tony Wilson, Renee McDonald, Orville McFarlane, Amanyea Stines, and Marlene Slowly from Montego Bay.