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NDTC dedicates Easter Sunday to Madge Broderick

Published:Sunday | April 8, 2012 | 12:00 AM
This year's programme is being dedicated to Madge Broderick, veteran educator and former NDTC dancer who passed away recently. The programme follows the company's highly successful performance at the Brooklyn Centre for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn College, New York, in March of this year.

The National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) stages its 2012 Easter Sunrise performance, A Morning of Movement and Music, this morning at 6 o'clock, in continuation of its year-long 50th Anniversary Celebrations.

This annual "act of worship", held in association with The Little Theatre Movement, will be staged at The Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Avenue.

This year's programme is being dedicated to Madge Broderick, veteran educator and former NDTC dancer who passed away recently. The programme follows the company's highly successful performance at the Brooklyn Centre for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn College, New York, in March of this year.

New generation choreographers Marlon Simms, Kevin Moore and Oneil Pryce will present new dance works at the sunrise event, alongside remounts of Clive Thompson's Of Sympathy and Love and Arsenio Andrade-Calderon's solo work, My Prayer.

The commemorative full-length work, He Watcheth, choreographed by the late Milton Sterling will also be performed in tribute to Ed Gallimore, who passed away earlier this year.

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Additionally, an excerpt from Rex Nettleford's Ritual of the Sunrise, set to the music of David Rudder, will be presented.

Marjorie Whylie's The Lord's Prayer and Noel Dexter's Psalm 150 will, as usual, close the act of worship.

Whylie, NDTC's musical director, will lead the NDTC Singers and Orchestra in her own compositions - Mass in A, a setting of Psalm 23 and three songs of praise.

A $1,000 contribution is being asked, and patrons are advised to be seated by 5:45 a.m. as a capacity audience is expected.

The NDTC, in a release, spoke fondly of Broderick.

"It is with a deep sense of loss that the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica has learnt of the passing of Madge Broderick, veteran educator and one of its former dancers," the release read.

According to the release, Sinclair joined the NDTC in the late 1960s and was one of the dancers who assisted the company in its experiments toward discovery and added texture to its continuing.

"She may perhaps be best remembered as the slinky goddess in Tommy Pinnock's ghetto-inspired Desperate Silences (1972), but her tall athletic frame highlighted several other works in the repertoire with a special touch of statuesque elegance."

According to the NDTC, Broderick's flair for dancing meant works like Sheila Barnett's Shadows, Bert Rose's The Lord's Prayer done to Rastafarian drumming and the John Jones ballet, Resurrection were better for her involvement.

The NDTC also issued condolences to Broderick's family.