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People's Report: NDTC Easter presentation disappoints

Published:Friday | April 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMRhon Jacobs

On Resurrection Sunday, the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) failed in its attempt to carry on the rich legacy left by artistic director and founder, the late Professor Rex Nettleford.

One wonders about the direction that this company intends to take since, over the past few years, we have seen a decline in the quality of artistic work and choreography of current leaders.

The Sunday morning presentation at the dawn of Resurrection Sunday is one case in point. One expected to see the usual seamless fusion of music and dance, but the disappointing presentation points to the lack of clarity of direction of the company.

It is not clear whether the Easter offering has devolved in to 'church', and, therefore, the expectation should be different from one of experiencing the powerful representation of the gifts and talents through the creative expression of the artistes. The audience, or congregation, whichever was the intent, had to suffer through their teetering between piety and excessive and brutish attempts at dance expression.

At best, the musical items far outshone the dancing. Several of the dance items resembled high-school dance troupes' attempts at dance without the requisite training.

Disappointingly, the Company looked very inexperienced and lacked the authority and power that had made it such a force in the past.

I had the opportunity to experience the power and magnetism of the L'Acadco dancers recently, and it was clear that the strength and growth of this group stems from the discipline and dedication of the dancers. It is not surprising that they have taken the lead in dance expression since Dr L'Antoinette Stines has proven herself to be a very creative and talented choreographer and a very purposeful director of her magnificent group.

It is time for resurrection. The NDTC has been a good ambassador for Brand Jamaica, but it has lost its impact.