In Bermuda: Troika, Keeping the Drama Onstage

In Bermuda, Troika, a grassroots organization aimed at ­inspiring and training young people in the ­performing arts, is looking for 25 young people—teenagers aged 13 to 19—to join them in their summer production Work in Progress 2. Last year their play Work in Progress: Ammunition—a series of monologues, short plays, singing, and dancing that looked at ­violence in the community from different angles—generated rave reviews. The performance of Work in Progress 2 will be held at City Hall and Arts Center on August 27-29, 2010, at 8:00pm. The City Hall and Arts Center is located at Church Street in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Troika, which last month ­became an established charity and was the ­recent recipient of the ­Cultural Legacy Grant, is a collective founded and organized by ­Nishanthi Bailey, Shoa Bean, and Seldon Woolridge. They explain that this year’s performance will present cultural aspects defining what it is to be a Bermudian. According to ­Nishanthi Bailey, “It will still be as riveting and high energy as the last one but a little more celebratory.”

Throughout the year the Troika troupe has performed at many events in Bermuda, such as the Physical Abuse Center Gala, the New Years Eve celebrations on Front Street, the Tribute to the Legends at the Fairmont Southampton, the Amlin Christmas dinner, and the unveiling of the “We Have Arrived” sculpture, among many others. Their performances are tailored according to the event. For example, for the ­unveiling of the “We Have Arrived” sculpture, which commemorated the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the slave ship Enterprise, the troupe performed a choreopoem. With a combination of dance, poetry, and drama, five players performed a 15-minute piece where they gave an account the history ­behind the arrival of the Enterprise. Other times the community events feature the entire cast of the TROIKA group, involving 10 ­people in a given performance.

Bailey says that Troika’s biggest hope is to take young people overseas and have them perform outside of Bermuda on an annual ­basis, adding that the cast members “have what it takes, so we are giving them the training they need to perform in overseas festivals alongside their international counterparts. It’s about ­understanding that young people really do have something to say. We want them to have their voices heard through the arts because it’s so ­important to give young people an outlet through which they can express themselves.”

For more information, contact Ms. Bailey at 537-7590 or e-mail troikabda@gmail.com

For full article, see http://bermudasun.bm/main.asp?SectionID=9&SubSectionID=230&ArticleID=46403

For photo of Troika founding members and more information, see http://www.royalgazette.com/rg/Article/article.jsp?articleId=7da5da730030036&sectionId=80

One thought on “In Bermuda: Troika, Keeping the Drama Onstage

  1. Greetings; Beloved Blessings to all involved; the founders, players, parents, supporters($) & otherwise, and audiences! I hail this critical & necessary commitment to all things positive, progressive, healthy, & righteous within us; esp. as pertains to the healing/saving of our babies!!!..Namaste!..xoxo

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