Arts & Culture

Samuels makes his case

Lucy Gordon (played by Hilary Nicholson), wife of George William Gordon, being cross-examined by Prosecutor Gorrie (Brian Johnson) in a scene from the play Trial of Governor Eyre. Behind them is the judge (Mackeda Salmon). (Photo: Michael Gordon)

COURTROOM drama is nothing new for veteran attorney Bert Samuels. But, bringing that intensity to the stage with a twist of Jamaican history was a whole different arena. Samuels appears poised to reap dividends as his debut work, Trial of Governor Eyre, is nominated for Best Drama at Monday’s ... Read More

Shantol Jackson (left) as Annabelle shares a moment on stage with Deon Silvera, who plays Mable, in Country Wedding. (Photo: Aston Cooke) Country Wedding serves a dose of culture
Jamaica’s rich cultural history has long been fodder for creative forms of expression. However ... Read More

Desmond Richardson dedicated his performance of Imprint/Maya to his late mother, Yvonne who died two weeks ago. (Photo: Michael Gordon) Bodies in motion
Watching a performance by New York-based Complexions Contemporary Ballet highlights the infinite cap ... Read More

From left: Sabrena Thomas, Ackeem Poyser and Carline Brown in a scene from David Tulloch’s 3Some.(Photo: Lionel Rookwood) My Dream
As a student at Manning’s School in Westmoreland, Ackeem Poyser always imagined walking the re ... Read More

Shades of Dance

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Wednesday, March 08, 2017    

Members of Complexions Contemporary Ballet share a moment during a welcome reception in their honour held at the official residence of the United States ambassador to Jamaica in St Andrew. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

AN experience. That is what Desmond Richardson and his dance company, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, are promising audiences attending their performances at Little Theatre in Kingston today and tomorrow. The 23-year-old company are here courtesy of Plié For The Arts, a Jamaican organisation dedicated to bringing international talent to local stages. This is Complexions’ first trip to Jamaica. “We are super excited to be here in Kingston, Jamaica. Our audience can exp ... Read More

Women to take centre stage

By Sade Gardner Observer writer | Sunday, March 05, 2017    

Dahlia Harris.

PLAYWRIGHT Dahlia Harris is seeking to create opportunities for women who may want enter theatre through the inaugural staging of Jamaica Women in Theatre Festival scheduled for The Blue Room on 8 Haining Road in St Andrew from March 13 - 19. According to Harris, the festival — slated to start at 6:00 pm daily — will feature a series of sessions about the industry while showcasing work by women in theatre. There is no cost to attend. “We’re dealing with stage craft, lig ... Read More

History created at Jamaica Biennial

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

Colonial Legacies by Greg Bailey..

Mixed-media artiste Jasmine Thomas-Girvan created history last Sunday when, for a second time, she copped the Aaron Matalon Award — one of two main prizes at the Jamaica Biennial 2017 now underway at the National Gallery in downtown Kingston. Thomas-Girvan, who first won the award in 2012, was recognised for her two installations at Devon House — Parallel Realities: Dwelling in the Heartland of My People, which is mounted in the dining room, and The Real Princess, which can be see ... Read More

Actors on high

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Thursday, March 02, 2017    

Actor Boy Award nominees share lens time following Monday’s announcement at Phoenix Theatre in New Kingston. From left are: Michael Nicholson (Actor in a Lead Role – Bad Breed); Rosemary Murray (Actress in a Lead Role – Tek Yuh Han Off a Mi and Actress in a Supporting Role – Not My Child); Jean-Paul Menou (Actor in a Supporting Role – Catherine Mulgrave); Ackeem Poyser (Actor in a Supporting Role – Bad Breed); and producers Mary Banks (Amazing Grace) and Danielle Stiebel (Pan). (Photo: Karl McLarty)

MONDAY’s announcement of this year’s Actor Boy Awards nominees was met with jubilation on the part of those vying for the coveted statuettes which will be handed out at a ceremony at the Phoenix Theatre in New Kingston on World Theatre Day, Monday, March 27. Organised by the International Theatre Institute Jamaica Chapter, the Actor Boy Awards recognises excellence in local theatre. For newcomer Ackeem Poyser, nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his work in Bad Breed ... Read More

Moses gets 10 nods

Tuesday, February 28, 2017    

The burning bush scene from Father Ho Lung and Friends’ Moses.

Musical Moses from Father Ho Lung and Friends leads the pack of nominees for this year’s Actor Boy Awards with 10 nominations. The nominees for awards, which recognises excellence in local theatre, was announced last night during a ceremony at the Phoenix Theatre in New Kingston. Moses has copped nominations for Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Set Design, Best Special Effects, Best Musical, Best Choreographer (Paula Shaw), Best Actor in a Lead Role (Stephen Rhae Johnson), ... Read More

Dance takes the spotlight

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

L’Acadco soloist N’Gelle Gage in Satta (Lionel Rookwood)

Jamaica Dance Umbrella (JDU), described as the largest dance festival in the English-speaking Caribbean, is set to unfold on the stage of the Philip Sherlock Centre For the Creative Arts at The University of the West Indies, Mona, from March 1-5. Michael Holgate, the founding director of JDU, notes that after nine years the event is living up to its mandate of building a platform for the local dance community to share and showcase its growth and development. “Dance Umbrella really provi ... Read More

Richardson to perform Maya

Sunday, February 19, 2017    

Richardson in Maya.

Plans are coming into place for the two performances of the acclaimed Complexions Contemporary Ballet in Kingston on March 8 and 9. The New York-based company is performing in Jamaica at the invitation of Plié for the Arts, a local group committed to exposing local audiences to diverse international talent and, in turn, having that talent share its expertise with Jamaican practitioners. Plié for the Arts’ Marisa Benain told the Jamaica Observer that Complexions ... Read More

Keisha revels in roller-coaster role

By Howard Campbell Observer senior writer | Thursday, February 16, 2017    

Cutie (second left), played by Keisha Patterson, speaking with Brother Ezekiel, (Glen Campbell — left) while Frank (Akeem Mignott — second right) and Cutie’s father, Tiny (Courtney Wilson), look on in a scene from Frank The Freak. (Photo: Jambiz Int'l)

HAVING cut her teeth in musical theatre, actress Keisha Patterson felt at home when she first read the part of Cutie, in Patrick Brown’s Frank And The Freak. The play opened December 23 at Centerstage Theatre in New Kingston. “I have great fun playing Cutie as the character is so young, so feisty, daring, bubbly, childlike, yet on the verge of becoming a woman, which is one of her biggest wishes as her overprotective dad keeps her quite under thumb,” said Patterson. “Sh ... Read More

Remembering Rex

Sunday, February 12, 2017    

Bridget Spaulding of the National Dance Theatre Company (centre) receives her token from Barry Moncrieffe, the company’s current artistic director, while Elizabeth Buchanan-Hind of the Rex Nettleford Foundation looks on. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood)

The late Professor Rex Nettleford made a name for himself through his scholarly pursuits and his passion for the arts. Last Tuesday the Rex Nettleford Foundation, which was established following his death in 2010, honoured four persons — two for their contribution to the arts, and the other two for scholarly pursuits — at its annual tribute concert, Remembering Rex, held at the Little Theatre in St Andrew. Bridgette Spaulding, a founding member of the National Dance Theatre Company ... Read More

The power of words

Wednesday, February 08, 2017    

The Poets in Autumn in their final performance for the evening at Emmanuel Apostolic Church in Kingston on Saturday, February 4 (Photos: Rory Daley)

IT was an evening of pure spiritual inspiration as American quartet, Poets in Autumn, made its stop at the Emmanuel Apostolic Church in Kingston on Saturday, February 4. The Poets in Autumn Tour features Ezekiel Anzonwu, Jackie Hill Perry, Preston Perry, and Janette…IKZ, who use their craft to spread the Gospel. It was group’s first visit to the island. “Wholesome family entertainment is hard to come by. Even more uncommon is the spoken word genre in Jamaica, so we thought i ... Read More



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