Move­ments – 35 years strong

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

With roy­alty pay­ments and copy­right de­tails play­ing a ma­jor part in how artistes are com­pen­sated for their work in to­day’s mu­sic in­dus­try, Drue said he felt a sense of “re­spect”; when con­tacted by Khalid’s team for the use of his mu­sic.

“The mere fact that he reached out to us to make sure that he got ev­ery­thing cleared, to make sure that ev­ery­thing was done the right way, is an­other step­ping stone to show­ing that there is some kind of re­spect in the in­dus­try.”

Drue, who per­formed in Ja­maica at Sun­na­tion’s Sun­set Co­coa J’Ou­vert in Novem­ber last year, says he and his team are happy for the added ex­po­sure the op­por­tu­nity has brought them.

“Since he has re­leased it on both Snapchat and on his video, it has gone vi­ral twice. We have re­ceived nu­mer­ous calls, we’ve seen peo­ple re­post­ing, we’ve seen the tags. We’re just pleased, we’re just happy, and when I say ‘we’, I mean me and my team. We are go­ing to take this op­por­tu­nity and mould it into some­thing other than just Vagabond be­ing in a Nas video or a DJ Khalid video. For us, this is just a next step on to some­thing great,” Drue said.

With Car­ni­val 2017 in Trinidad and Tobago around the cor­ner, and his two lat­est songs – ID (Stamp Yuh Name) and Drink Up, fea­tur­ing King Bubba, ro­tat­ing on the air­ways, Drue says his team is feel­ing over­whelmed.

The al­bum, Ma­jor Key, is the ninth stu­dio al­bum from DJ Khaled. It fea­tures sev­eral pop­u­lar Amer­i­can en­ter­tain­ers, in­clud­ing mul­ti­ple Gram­myaward win­ner Ken­drick La­mar. Move­ments Dance Com­pany in per­for­mance. THE CUR­TAIN goes up on Oc­to­ber 7 to 9, at the Lit­tle Theatre in Kingston for the 35th An­niver­sary sea­son of Move­ments Dance Com­pany of Ja­maica.

Un­der the theme, More than Con­querors, Move­ments will cel­e­brate a jour­ney that be­gan in 1981 and con­tin­ues to­day with a prod­uct that has made Move­ments on of the fore­most ex­po­nents of modern con­tem­po­rary dance in the Caribbean.

“We are in­deed more than con­querors, Camp­bell McFar­lane said, “We have braved the chal­lenges of rais­ing up an in­sti­tu­tion that has be­come an im­por­tant land­mark for dance theatre in Ja­maica and we have over­come many odds that seemed al­most in­sur­mount­able when we started in 1981, when for over 20 years, only one other com­pany had over­come the test of time.”


The sea­son will fea­ture new dance works and se­lected favourites from its reper­toire en­riched by the work of dis­tin­guished lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional chore­og­ra­phers. They in­clude cel­e­brated in­ter­na­tional chore­og­ra­pher Christo­pher Hug­gins, whose Wrath of God, took Ja­maican dance theatre by storm. For 2016, Hug­gins has cre­ated an­other ma­jor dance work, Fa­ther Fa­ther, which will have its World Premiere, on Oc­to­ber 7, 2016.

Established in 1981 by four for­mer stu­dents of the late Eddy Thomas – Mon­ica Camp­bell McFar­lane, CD; Pa­tri­cia Grant Heron; Michelle Tap­pin-Lee; and Denise Des­noes – Move­ments has be­come known for its vi­brant and dis­tinctly Ja­maican in­ter­pre­ta­tion of modern con­tem­po­rary dance.

“It is a re­ally good feel­ing to be able to re­flect on the steady stream of the tremen­dous danc­ing ta­lent that the Com­pany has pro­duced over 35 years and the pow­er­ful reper­toire we have ac­cu­mu­lated, in­clud­ing in­put from some of the finest lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artistes.

With an ex­cit­ing mix of established favourites and new works, the 2016 sea­son prom­ises to be one of the most pow­er­ful state­ments of the work of Move­ments Dance Com­pany of Ja­maica.

Pa­tron of the 35th An­niver­sary Sea­son is Mr Earl Jar­rett, CD, gen­eral man­ager, Ja­maica Na­tional, a long stand­ing spon­sor of the Com­pany and one of the main spon­sors of this year’s sea­son.

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