Sunday, 19 June 2011

CULTURE REPORT: A roundup of the cultural news, happenings and insights we’re buzzing about right now

BACK ON STAGE: Hailed as one of the top 10 shows of the past season, the bruising revenge drama Judgement is finding new life on the stage this month at the Green Gables Theatre (for a month-long stint), owing to the flood of requests from patrons and those interested in securing benefit performances. Judgement, the debut effort from DMH Productions, features exciting performances from a top-notch trio: Deon Silvera, Chris McFarlane and writer-director Dahlia Harris, who copped the 2010 Thespian Spirit Award for her knockout portrayal. Tickets: 352-6180.
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IN HONOUR OF HAMMOND: The promoters behind the annual Reggae Sumfest are raising the bar this year with plans to pay homage to living legend Beres Hammond during a special tribute at the event this year, scheduled for July 17-23 at Catherine Hall, MoBay. “Beres is an icon and a cornerstone of the Jamaican music industry. We at Reggae Sumfest are very pleased to be presenting this great reggae artist and felt that he deserves to be recognized for his enormous contribution to the growth and development of our music,” remarks Johnny Gourzong, executive director of Summerfest Productions. Hammond will share top billing with foreign acts R. Kelly and Nicki Minaj.
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BARING THE SOUL: The L’ACADCO dance troupe is in rehearsals for Souljazz, the company’s 27th season of dance, to be held July 2-3 at UWI’s Philip Sherlock Centre. Part proceeds from the season will be used to complete arrangements for 20 of the company’s dancers to travel to New York City to participate in an intensive summer programme at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre later in July. This season, patrons can expect works choreographed by, among others, L’Antoinette Stines, Kareen McLean, Renee McDonald and Fabian Thomas. Tickets: 492-9020.

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