art in all its forms

art in all its forms


Makeda Thomas' FreshWater @ Queen's Hall

Start Time: Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 8:00pm
End Time: Friday, October 16, 2009 at 10:00pm
Location: Queen's Hall, Port-of-Spain.


Trinidad born, New York based choreographer Makeda Thomas will perform her critically acclaimed 'FreshWater' as part of the Contemporary Choreographers Collective's presentation for Dance Festival 2009 at Queen's Hall on October 15 and 16.

Thomas describes ‘FreshWater’ as a dance between memory and reality. “The everyday reality of Trinidad is a cultural stream that fuses myth and fact, reason and irrationality, dream and vigil. I recall these rhythms, shapes, forms and symbols. I recall them in dance and music, which represents a vibrant, living institution for the study of the Amerindian-African- European-East Indian historical and cultural impact”, she says.

“I recall them in the performance art of mas, the defining aspect of Trinidad’s Carnival. I recall them in the folklore, song, vernacular, and chanted, improvised dialogue; in the sounds and gestures rooted and gleaned in daily life in Trinidad. ‘Fresh Water’ transforms these original sources and convokes a whole new universe out of fragments of it and my own personal life.”

Thomas performed ‘FreshWater’ in Zimbabwe at the Harare International Festival of Arts, in Mexico at Performatica: Foro Internacional de Danza Contemporánea y Artes de Movimiento and Barroquissimo Puebla 2009. 'FreshWater' had its US premiere at Seattle’s Broadway Performance Hall and was most recently performed at MIT’s Kresge Little Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Joining her onstage to provide live music will be musician and producer Keshav Chandradath Singh who created the original score for 'FreshWater' earlier this year. Costume design is by Robert Young of The Cloth, and Attillah Springer will provide live vocals from ‘More Power’ by Delano Abdul Malik de Coteau.


Tickets for COCO at Dance Festival 2009 cost $100 and are available from committee members. To reserve tickets please call 383-4658. For more information about Makeda Thomas and her dance projects, log on to 

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