Saturday, February 21, 2015

Roots and Rhythms; Jamaica National Dance Theatre

Nettleford, Rex, Roots and Rhythms: Jamaica's National Dance Theatre, London: Andre Deutsch, 1969.

Reviewed in Caribbean Quarterly © 1970.

The National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC) is Jamaica's leading dance theatre company.
The company was founded in 1962 by Rex Nettleford and Eddy Thomas with fifteen dancers, with Nettleford acting as its artistic director and principal choreographer, and Martha Graham as patron.[2][3] Drawing on African Caribbean folk traditions and cultural themes as well as modern dance, the company has promoted Caribbean culture through its performances.[2][4][5] On its foundation, the stated aim was "projecting the movement patterns and customs of the island to people locally and abroad", and they stated that they would "maintain constant research and documentation of our folk legends and customs to be used as thematic material for new dances".

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