Saturday, 31 August 2013

MAN ON THE MOVE: Dance remains a source of passion and fitness for Tony Wilson

POISED: "I encourage my dancers to stay fit," offers Wilson. Below, with troupe member Steven Cornwall.

With a major celebratory season on the horizon (Company Dance Theatre marks its 25th season this November), Artistic Director Tony Wilson and his youthful 27-member troupe are presently in the throes of preparing to deliver their best presentation yet – a fitting tribute to their quarter-century. Following a sneak preview of the upcoming season at the Bank of Jamaica’s lunch-hour concert on Friday, Wilson chatted with TALLAWAH about dance and fitness and taking the company forward:

After 25 years, what’s it like a running a dance theatre company?
It’s definitely a challenging experience, but it’s also a wonderful experience because I’m working with talented youngsters that I have been training from they were tots and taking them right up to this point.

And you’re constantly thriving to create excellent work as a choreographer. Any pressure there?
I enjoy it. I love it. It keeps me young. (Laughs).

So what is it about dance that has captured your gaze and your heart for so long?
There’s so much to explain, where that is concerned, but the main is the passion that I have for what I do. Dance has always been a part of my life.

Fitness plays an important role in dance and choreography. You work out?
I go to the gym often. I enjoy working out at Fit Farm; it’s my comfort. Fitness is very important, and I encourage my dancers to stay fit because that helps to keep you at the top of your game.

What can we expect from The Company Dance Theatre later this year and beyond?
Well, we have the 25th anniversary season coming up in November, and we’ll be restaging the Rose Hall production, which is Jamaica’s first full-length ballet. For years to come, I want the company to always be on top and stand out among the best groups specializing in performing-arts expression in Jamaica.

>> Read more: Company Dance Theatre thrills at BOJ

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