The Jamaica Observer reports that Marlon Simms has been confirmed as the new artistic director of Jamaica’s National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC).
A Sunday Observer story carried on December 17, 2017, noted that Simms, who was then the associate artistic director, was being tipped for the job, however at the time the NDTC declined to comment, noting that an official announcement would be made at a later date.
The company made the announcement in a statement to the media noting that Simms, who assumed his post in January, becomes the fourth artistic director of the NDTC since it was co-founded by Rex Nettleford and Eddy Thomas with 16 other members in 1962.
The new artistic director expressed that he was honoured and humbled by the appointment. “I stand on the shoulders of the founders, bridge generation and the many who served after them, and am grateful for the love and support of the members of the company. Their continuing support will keep me anchored in this new role and will keep the NDTC moving forward,” he said. Simms said his approach to this new role would be in line with what he described as his mantra: “excellence can be achieved if you are driven by passion and purpose”.
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