Thursday 12 December, 2019

Company Dance Theatre to host benefit show for founder

The Company Dance Theatre, founded in 1988, began as a mere dream for Artistic Director Tony Wilson, but, with his guidance and support, the dream has lived on and the Company has thrived for the past 32 years. However, in June 2019, Wilson suffered a severe haemorrhagic stroke and this year, instead of a season of dance, the friends and family of The Company will put on a benefit show in order to raise funds for his ongoing medical expenses and overall wellbeing.

In association with Dancing in Faith Limited, The Company will stage Meraki, on Sunday, November 17, 2019. Meraki means to do something with soul, creativity and love, putting something of yourself into your work. This benefit show will feature ‘Colours’ (1994), ‘Calabash’ (1999), ‘Prisms’ (1994), and remounted for the first time, ‘Twilight’ (2014), all signature works from Wilson’s repertoire. The Company dancers will be joined on stage in ‘Colours’ by students from the Junior Ensemble level at the Tony Wilson School of Modern Dance.

The show will also include guest performances from other local companies that have worked with Wilson over the years. Each company has volunteered their time and talent, rallying together in a show of solidarity for Wilson who has influenced them over the years, whether as a dancer, choreographer or sounding board for creative direction. The guest performing companies are Dance Theatre Xaymaca, L’Acadco: A United Caribbean Dance Force, Stella Maris Dance Ensemble and The National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC).

This year, Wilson was among 215 outstanding Jamaicans who were recognised at the 2019 National Honours and Awards programme. He received an Order of Distinction in the rank of Officer for his sterling contributions to dance in Jamaica over the years.

When establishing The Company, Wilson set out to differentiate himself and expand the concept of dance in Jamaica.

“Pieces like Colours, Calabash and Prisms fuse modern dance technique along with other dance forms, producing something that is uniquely our own. When I brought these pieces to life in the 90s it helped to cement The Company as the foremost modern-focused dance company in Jamaica," said Wilson of his featured works.

To support Wilson’s recovery and purchase tickets for Meraki, please contact the American International School of Kingston at 876-702-2070, The Little Theatre at 876-926-6129 or email towilson@aisk.com; and keep up with the Company by following @the_companydancetheatre on Instagram.

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