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DANCE CARIBE PERFORMING COMPANY Preserving through dance, the cultural diversity of the Caribbean

For immediate Press Release September 9th, 2009 THE AWARD WINNING DANCE CARIBE PERFORMING COMPANY IN CELEBRATION OF 20 YEARS OF DANCE, A WORLD PREMIERE "SAYAMANDA" DANCE CARIBE PERFORMING COMPANY OF TORONTO, CANADA, Now is celebrating their 20th anniversary of Caribbean Dance Theatre Production of SAYAMANDA on October 22nd, 23rd and 24th 2009, 8pm at the National Ballet, the Betty Oliphant Theatre, @ 404 Jarvis Street, Toronto. SAYAMANDA (meaning Children of the Dances Rhythm of the Drums) presents the progression of dance from its roots in Africa to its development throughout the Caribbean. The production will showcase a mélange of dance styles unique to the Caribbean, performed in traditional & contemporary, uniting African, Spanish, French, as well as West Indian heritage ranging from Folk Creole to Latin and African to the beat of the Drums. Memorable dance presentations all have three essential things in common; choreography, costumes and music. For SAYAMANDA Dance Caribe Performing Company is fortunate enough to work with some of the best Caribbean & Canadian artisans in these three fields allowing for a highly authentic presentation representing Caribbean dance. SAYAMANDA ballet presentation will be staged in six sessions from the extensive repertoire of this Canadian Award Winning Dance Company: VOICES OF GLORY a repertoire of Negro Spirituals (1996/2009); PATIOS, a collection of Caribbean French folk dances (1996/2009); and a masterpiece entitled AFRICAN SWAZI, a celebration dance originally choreographed by the late Trinidadian Ronnie St. Andre in (1977); Also featured PARADISE FALL, a modern contemporary piece denoting the beauty, richness and the spirit of autumn representing the multi-cultural people of Canada (2005); their Canadian premiere LA PASTORA a Hispanic modern suite (2007) and their World premiere WEST INDIAN SUITE a mix of African, Afro-Caribbean and the French Creole dances, performed in contemporary and traditional styles (2009). Directed and Choreographed by the 2004 (BBPA) Harry Jerome Award winner for the Arts Industry Martin Scott-Pascall, will feature a stellar cast of performers including; Dance Caribes talented core dancers; and guest dancer Tamla Matthews-Morgan Artistic Director of CDT, direct from Trinidad and Tobago, Drumming Director Roger Pascall, and Frontline Drumming Company, Torontos Extraordinary Steel Pannist, Earl La Pierre Jr.; Torontos and Trinidad world-renowned & soca sensation Anslem Douglas and Montreal/ Toronto folk & calypso singer Hamilton Alexander aka the Web. With some outstanding costumes & creativity from Trinidadian & Canadian International Fashion Designers Bobby and Sally Ackbarali, formerly one of Trinidad & Tobago top female performer with the Morne Diable & Santa Flora Performing Companies, Nova Scotia native Patricia Hudlin and Caribana Designer Martin Scott-Pascall. For more information, please contact Martin Scott-Pascall, Artistic Director P: 416-292-4103 Tony Ishmael, Chair Director P: 289-232-0366 Deborah Minott, Public Relations Director P: 416-525-6630

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