Pris­nms: The Garth Con­cert suc­cess­fully staged

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In a pro­duc­tion marked by in­trigue and quiet beauty, the third in­stall­ment of the Cul­tural Icon Se­ries was staged at the Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre on Mon­day, 2 Oc­to­ber. The in­spi­ra­tional project, whose aim is to pay trib­ute to the vis­ual artists, ac­tors, dancers, writ­ers, mu­si­cians and folk artists who wrote about, painted, com­posed and cre­ated a large part of the Saint Lu­cian iden­tity, and share their his­to­ries, sto­ries, ex­pe­ri­ences and work, com­menced in 2015, hon­our­ing the work of Saint Lu­cia’s fore­most com­poser, Hon­ourable Charles Cadet, fol­lowed in 2016 with the cel­e­bra­tion of the tremen­dous work of dance icon, Vir­ginia Alexan­der.

The near two-hour pro­duc­tion brought the cre­ative tal­ent of a num­ber of artists with a back­ground in dance, mu­sic, theatre and po­etry to the fore when they in­ter­preted the lit­er­ary work of Garth St. Omer and per­formed to a small but ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence. Fourmem­ber band Pro­tégé, Piper and Friends (in­clud­ing for­mer Di­rec­tor of the Royal Saint Lu­cia Po­lice Band, Gre­gory Piper on clar­inet), Ron­ald ‘Boo’ Hink­son, Bar­bara Cadet, Luther Fran­cois, Dianna Philip and Arthur Al­lain pre­sented the work of Garth St. Omer on stage in su­perb splen­dour as their mu­si­cal ex­po­si­tions re­ver­ber­ated through­out the au­di­to­rium.

‘Ex­ile, Love and Re­turn to Coun­try’ - in­ter­pre­tive dance in­spired by St. Omer’s ‘Nor Any Coun­try’ - was per­formed by Rox­anne Di­dier-Nicholas, Sa­dia Chan­dler, Ian Ce­les­tine, Natanni St. Omer and Leroyson Alexan­der, mir­ror­ing Garth’s work in an ex­plo­ration of themes that speak di­rectly to the Saint Lu­cian so­ci­ety while at the same time reach­ing out to a global au­di­ence.

In a mes­mer­iz­ing per­for­mance, vis­it­ing duo Sade Bully (New York) and Momo Sanno (Ro­ma­nia) seemed to ef­fort­lessly weave con­flict, in­de­pen­dence, an­guish, im­pris­on­ment and free­dom into a phe­nom­e­nal web of mas­ter­ful chore­og­ra­phy, in­spired by the iconic writer’s prose.

The evening would have been in­com­plete with­out the sooth­ing “floetry” of per­for­mance poet Feli­cia Montoute with her in­spired ‘Room on a Hill’ pre­sen­ta­tion.

The 2017 trib­ute to the le­gendary Garth St. Omer is be­ing de­scribed by CDF of­fi­cials as a suc­cess de­spite the low turnout this year. The Cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion re­mains grate­ful to Her Ex­cel­lency Dame Pear­lette Louisy, pa­tron of the event; the Saint Lu­cia Events Com­pany Inc.; pro­ducer and Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor, Adrian Augier; the stage man­age­ment, pro­duc­tion man­age­ment, light­ing, sound, au­dio vis­ual and dig­i­tal imag­ing crews as well as All Biz, Wave­maker Pho­tog­ra­phy and plat­inum spon­sor Flow for their sup­port in en­sur­ing that the third an­nual Cul­tural Icon Se­ries was staged with a favourable out­come.

Ron­ald ‘Boo’ Hink­son per­form­ing at the Icons event.

Mu­sic, drama and dance brought to life the trib­ute to Garth St Omer.

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