Tuesday, 2 July 2013

MATTERS OF THE ART: Blossom O'Meally-Nelson offers a lyrical sample of her journey + L'Acadco honours three of its own

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Each season, L'Acadco pays tribute to a few of its most outstanding sons and daughters who continue to offer sterling service to the dance troupe or have since moved on to excel in new creative pursuits. The honorees this season (the 30th anniversary, as it happens) are N'Jelle Gage, now the artistic co-director and co-founder of FuturPointe, a New York-based multimedia dance company; veteran lighting designer John DaCosta, who has since collaborated with the international likes of Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj, to name only a few; and Patrice Levy, who, after 15 years with the troupe, has been promoted to the post of Associate Director. "Dance is my passion and my emotional outlet," says Levy (pictured here with L'Antoinette Stines), who operates L'Ve Designs, her own event company and has studied at Ghana's Noyam Institute and Florida's Miami Dade College. "Dancing is a vehicle I use to reach the feeling that the whole world is right, that my life has meaning."

WELL VERSED: "These poems were written over a 14-year period," offers Blossom O'Meally-Nelson about her evocative anthology Heart Song, a sturdy hardcover coffee-table volume, which she self-published two years ago, determined to follow her instincts. Alongside her younger brother, Frank Garcia, and a number of booth operators and other booksellers, the author was kept busy wooing patrons at Sunday's Kingston Pon Di River Festival. Split into two sections (Eros and Bios), the collection chronicles events from her journey, while exploring such subjects as nature and the environment and love and tragedy. "They depict aspects of my life, starting immediately after my divorce and coming through to public life and experiences like the death of my father, and so on," O'Meally-Nelson explains, adding that she's giving serious thought to doing a revised edition of the book in the near future. "I'm still writing poems to add to it, but I need to sell these copies first," she says, laughing. "I think once I've completed that I can request a second edition with the new poems."

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