Dance Caribbean Collective: New Traditions Festival 2017


The Dance Caribbean Collective (DCC) announces the New Traditions Festival 2017, opening with “Our Caribbean Spirit”—a three-night dance festival featuring local Caribbean choreographers and dancers. The weekend includes: three evening performances, a post-show reception, and discussion. These events will take place on June 16 and 17, at 7:00pm, and June 18, at 5:30pm, at the Mark Morris Dance Center-James and Martha Duffy Performance Space (located at 3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York). The collective also invites the general public to the close of the 2017 season with a Dance-a-thon on June 22, at 6:30pm, at the Brooklyn Studios for Dance (BKSD)—an exciting dance class and party led by Candace Thompson with soca and Yaminah Legohn with dancehall.

Description: The festival includes the “Our Caribbean Spirit” collaborative project featuring 8 dancers from the Caribbean dance community. Alexandra Jean-Joseph, Ilana ‘ILLY’ Warner, Indira Warner, Clara Auguste, Dionisia Rigby, Akilah Pascal and Natasha “Ivory” Markwick all came together under the direction of DCC founder Candace Thompson to explore how movement from various island cultures tells the story of our resilience and exuberance. Dionisia with roots in Panama, believes that this process has given her a “sense of empowerment, not only are we able to tell our own stories. Being that this movement is very natural to me, this is the first time on stage I get to be proud of where I come from and where my roots are.” DCC director Candace Thompson says, “I come into rehearsal and let the moving bodies inspire me. I have been planning for this piece since last September and so I am giving myself the space to rely on that prep work while also honoring the dancers who bring their own knowledge, stories and movement.”

Bear witness to this body of work in addition to that of new festival contributors, Rosamond S. King, Shermica Farquhar and Marsha Parrilla, in addition to DCC members Alicia C. Delimore, Candace Thompson, Jessica St. Vil-Ulysse, Maxine Montilus and Safi Harriott at New Traditions Festival 2017.

For more information, you may write to or call (347)-291-7560.

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