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A Noble Cause for a dance icon

Published: 
Monday, May 28, 2018
Noble Douglas, centre, with Port-of-Spain Mayor Joel Martinez, Tony Hall and Wendell Manwarren.

The Noble Douglas Foundation For The Arts hosted A Noble Cause, a benefit fund-raiser and gala at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s, on May 17.

The event was to aid Douglas, iconic dancer, teacher, mentor, carnival producer, and choreographer with back problem expenses incurred over the years of teaching the dramatic arts and dance.

The show commenced with an entertaining dance piece by the Lilliput Children’s Dance Theatre performing Romeo and Juliet in Tobago Love, a dance play directed by Wendell Manwarren. The Noble Douglas Dance Company (NDDC) also treated guests to Hysterics, a provocative style of choreography, directed by Douglas herself. The performance was done with accompaniment from Malick Tassa Drummers to enhance the dramatic scenes unfolding in the excerpt.

Other performances during the show were the BP Marionettes Chorale which included a traditional character Dame Lorraine during its performance of Calypso Rose’s Leave Me Alone, 3Canal with the trio’s classic Good Morning, Together and Over the Mountain, for which they were joined by the NDDC.

Renowned US-based bassist Ron Reid made his cello speak during his performance with guitarist Theron Shaw while Willard “Relator” Harris went back to basics with the classics accompanied by David “Happy” Williams and Etienne Charles. The show closed with NDDC’s performance of Bago, a piece choreographed by Delton Frank.

At the end, there was a cocktail reception where patrons where treated to live entertainment by Shell Invaders Steel Orchestra, and there was a silent auction of a Margaret Sheppard Pitchin Marbles acrylic piece on canvas painting. 

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