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Solid performances at NIFCA finals


The Cable & Wireless NIFCA Performing Arts Finals continued on Monday with a packed night of solid performances.

Arguably the most explosive pieces of the night came in the form of duets.
The first was Marlon Legall and Alicia Yarde- Collins who performed an uplifting original composition called He’s there for you. Legall opened the night with a piece entitled Trust, Wait and See.

Another resonating piece came from the jaw dropping performance by Cherissa Simmons and Justin Poleon who performed a dance entitled Eyes Open Shut to the emphatic song Total Eclipse of the Heart. The daring young dancers performed unimaginable lifts and manoeuvres that left the audience of the Frank Collymore Hall gasping in amazement.

Spoken word artist Adrian Green performed a piece called Africa Loves You. He was complemented by Carolyn Clarke in dance.

There was a dramatic piece by Nicole Stuart who portrayed a very complex character by the name of Delores as well as a performance by Let Artists Work depicting a candid conversation between a teacher and a male student.

Two tributes were performed on Monday night, Kamal Mason who acknowledged the work of the world’s fastest man in his Poem to Usain.

The talented Jennifer Walker introduced a character who collects bags and stressed the importance of bags in our everyday lives. In her “Tribute to Bag” she told the audience, which included Stedson “Red Plastic Bag” Wiltshire, that they must respect and cherish bag.

Soloists included Chad Bowen in his self-penned piece called Reach for your Goal, Anita Charles with My Dream and Harclyde Grimes with Underwater Barbados.

The schools were well represented with Roland Edwards Primary School performing For the Beauty of the Earth and a hilarious piece and the All Saints’ Primary School, pointing to the fact that cooking is a thing of the past in most Barbadian homes. The females in the group emphatically threw their aprons to the floor at the end of the song.

There were also performances by the St. James Secondary School Choir, the Roland Edwards Primary School with Day-O, the Cuthbert Moore Primary School with I Love Barbados and the St. Elizabeth Primary School with Botom Bele.

Students of Harrison College also proudly represented their school with 16- year-old pianist Jarome Leslie who performed Rumba Toccata and Willie Wagglestick’s Walkabout and 14-year-old Krystal Leslie with a piece called Feeling Good and Sonata in C K. 309.

The Praise Academy of Dance, which was formed in 2003, brought the evening’s performances to a close with a piece called Gate Keepers/ Living Waters. (JH)

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