National Gallery to host KOTE for Last Sunday
The National Gallery is partnering with the Kingston on the Edge urban arts festival in presenting its Last Sundays programme on June 30.
The public is invited to visit the gallery from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., to benefit from free tours, free admissions and children's activities throughout the day.
The programme for Sunday also features a dance performance by Neila Ebanks titled, Becoming: The Body Remembers and Breaks the Silence, which starts at 1:30 p.m., followed by the Jamaican film Countryman (1982), which starts at 2 p.m.
Becoming: The Body Remembers and Breaks the Silence is a collaboration between Oniel Pryce, who choreographed the piece, and dance performer Neila Ebanks. The dance performance premiered earlier this year at the Tobago Contemporary Dance Festival, and charts a challenging journey from brokenness to wholeness, placing focus on one's ability to "put oneself back together again" after collapse. Ebanks and Pryce are highly acclaimed and innovative Jamaican dancers and choreographers, who also lecture at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts' School of Dance.
Countryman (1982) is an independent Jamaican action/adventure film directed by Richard 'Dickie' Jobson. A cult classic, the film tells the story of a Jamaican fisherman who rescues a young American couple from the wreckage of a plane crash in a remote area.
In doing so, the Countryman (an actual, well-known personality in the Hellshire community), has to battle corrupt local authorities who are fabricating a story about the plane's role in drugs and arms smuggling to gain popularity in an upcoming election.
Jobson worked for several years with Island Records, living in London where he helped to promote the company's artistes, including reggae singer Bob Marley.
Jobson was working on a sequel to Countryman at the time of his death in 2008. Limited seats are available for the screening of the film, which was selected because of its resonance with the themes of the Natural Histories exhibition.
Sunday also marks the closing day of that exhibition, which explores natural history themes and tropes in Jamaican art from the 17th century to the present. The next Sunday opening is scheduled for July 28.