Jamaica Observer / THE National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) will mount its 37th annual Morning of Movement and Music in association with The Little Theatre Movement (LTM) at The Little Theatre, St Andrew, on Sunday, April 1. The sunrise event, which begins at 6:00 am, will be the first under the stewardship of newly appointed artistic director Marlon Simms, as well as music from acting musical director Heston Boothe.
Simms notes that the repertoire will include excerpts of dance works from NDTC co-founder the late Rex Nettleford ( Katrina and Cave’s End ), Clive Thompson (Of Prophecy and Song ) and Kevin Moore ( Mercy ). Two works will be presented on the programme by former NDTC dancer and beauty queen Yendi Phillipps — I Grieve and Shabach . The latter has been choreographed by Sherona McAllister and Charissa Allwood of OBOG Dance Company Ministry .
Boothe has selected uplifting negro spirituals comprising Go Down Moses and Honor! Honor! . Contemporary gospel arrangements such as Kurt Carr’s The Blood Still Has Miraculous Power and Jonathan Reynold’s No Gray . Rounding up the musical offering will be Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah, How Great Thou Art by Sandi Patty, The Lord Bless and Keep You and Noel Dexter’s popular arrangement of Psalm 150.
Featured soloists will be Conrod Hall, Faith Livingstone, Tah-je Thompson, Joshua Page, Debrah-Ann Rosewelt, and Toni Barrett.
The cast of dancers will be led by Simms and ballet mistress Kerry-Ann Henry along with Mark Phinn, Tamara Noel, Marisa Benain, Patrick Earle, Paul Newman, Kamar Tucker, and Sophia McKain. They will be supported by new-generation dancers Kemar Francis, Michael Small, Javal Lewis, Rachel Walter, Shadé Thaxter, Mishka Williams, Joelle Flimn, Nneka Staple and Malikah Johnson.