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National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica will bring a bit of sunshine to Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts on April 17 and April 18 with two unique, all-Caribbean programs.

Under the leadership of co-founder and artistic director Rex Nettleford, the troupe of dancers, singers and musicians will perform six New York City premieres including Nettleford’s "Cave’s End," choreographed to Jimmy Cliff’s music and dedicated to Cliff (on April 17).

The other premieres are: Clive Thompson’s "Folktales" (April 18); Jean-Guy Saintus’ tribute to the bicentenary of Haiti’s independence, "Incantation" (April 17); David Brown’s "Labess" (April 18); Christopher Walker’s "Fragile" (April 18); and the late Lester Horton’s 1948 work, "The Beloved" (April 17).

Of course, not all of the programs’ pieces are filled with hope and joy, as some address somber issues such as the importance of maintaining traditions in the face of oppression and gender conflict.

The troupe will also perform favorites such as Nettleford’s "Tintinnabu­lum" and "Gerrehbenta," a dance that takes its name from two of the major traditional rites practiced in Jamaica (pictured above).

The musical selections will include both live performances by the company singers as well as recorded pieces by Cliff, David Rudder, Bob Marley, Sting, Zap Mama and more.

The National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica will perform April 17, at 8 pm, and April 18, at 2 pm, in the Walt Whitman Theater on the Brooklyn College campus (enter at Campus Road at Hillel Place). Tickets are $40 and $35. For more information, log on to www.brooklyncenter.com or call the box office at (718) 951-4500.
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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