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EMC, NDTC host Colombian dance company

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Colombian dance company - Periferia - is in Jamaica to share its work. - Contributed

The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMC) in association with the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC) is pleased to announce that the dance company - Periferia - out of Colombia is in Jamaica to share their artistic process.

Periferia skilfully blends hip hop and contemporary dance with an experimental vocabulary which comes together and contributes to create its own identity. The idea of centre and periphery, widely discussed by social science, serves as a backdrop to propose to Cartagena slum youth involved with the urban dance, engage in creating an interdisciplinary space, dialogue, creative thought and production of thought.

The company performed on Wednesday, November 13 at the School of Dance with students from the Edna Manley Schools of Music and Dance and the National Dance Theatre Company.

  • Profile of Company Director - Lobadys Pérez

Lobadys Pérez is a dancer and choreographer who started as a hip-hop dancer and subsequently studied contemporary dance with recognised choreographers Álvaro Restrepo and Marie France Deliuvin. With them, he takes part of the Colegio del Cuerpo Company for more than 12 years.

In 2007, he graduated in dance education from the Universidad de Antioquia and, in 2010, started the Development and Culture Masters in the Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar. He worked as a dance teacher in various education projects with children and young people, in deprived areas of Colombia and Panamá peripheries, using dance as a paedagogical strategy.

In his project: Abstract for 'Eternity and a day',"I speak for millions of men in whom fear, inferiority complex, trembling, abasement, despair and servility were knowingly inculcated." This is the starting point that inspires 'Eternity and a Day' - a piece that invites reflection on effects of colonialism in our contemporary society, in individual and collective levels, emphasising that today exist new aesthetic forms of domination in which colonialism ethic is still the same.

Through the political words of Aimé Cesaire, Frantz Fanon, Mourid Barghouti and the sarcastic notes of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Harry Belafonte, we propose, by a poetical language, a new perspective of human relations based on decolonising critical studies.