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Published:Friday | April 12, 2019 | 12:09 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Musical Theatre Company (JMTC) mounted their Easter concert last Sunday – a whole two weeks early. Perhaps not unrelated to the premature staging, there were challenges, but as the famous show biz saying goes, “The show must go on.”...

Published:Friday | April 5, 2019 | 12:17 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The current exhibition mounted at the National Gallery is proof of the continued international growth of Jamaica’s fame and, specifically, the popularity of our music. Figures tell the story. displayed in the exhibition, which comprises entries in...

Published:Friday | March 22, 2019 | 12:12 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

There seems to have been a communication failure among the three performing arts schools at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, with all three having overlapping productions last weekend. And the Buju Banton concert just down...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:05 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

“The world is changing, and what students want out of a university education is changing as well,” said Dr Rachel Moseley-Wood, head of the Department of Literatures in English. She was speaking of the non-traditional courses and programmes her...

Published:Thursday | March 14, 2019 | 12:08 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Because March has been designated Literatures in English Month at the University of the West Indies, Mona, numerous activities have been taking place. One was a book launch by performance poet Richard ‘Dingo’ Dingwall on Sunday in the Neville hall...

Published:Friday | March 8, 2019 | 12:26 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Two of the events that I attended during February – Reggae Month – offered, like the month (as a whole), both entertainment and occasions for introspection. The more thought-provoking event was the Jamaica Music Museum’s Grounation two-part panel...

Published:Friday | March 1, 2019 | 12:12 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Television Jamaica (TVJ) is not only offering greater support for locally produced television fare, but looking to overseas markets for same. In the words of the station’s general manager, it is “preparing a foundation for the popular global...

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:08 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Season two of the teen drama Real Friends premieres on Television Jamaica (TVJ) tomorrow night, highlighting the company’s support of local drama. A move that will benefit practitioners of the art, and the a host of drama lovers. In email...

Published:Friday | February 1, 2019 | 12:28 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Maroon chief Colonel Wallace Sterling and researcher David Brown gave glimpses into the mysteries of Maroon culture to a packed library at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA). They heard about esoteric phenomena,...

Published:Friday | January 11, 2019 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

With the new year comes a new phase for those entering the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) drama and creative writing competitions. Parish auditions begin this month for participants in the drama competition, but writers have until...

Published:Friday | January 4, 2019 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Veteran educator Kenny Salmon subscribes to the school of thought that the most effective way to teach is to make learning enjoyable. And so, for the past 22 years, he has been teaching CSEC literature to hundreds of students annually with a two-...

Published:Friday | December 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Arguing that the community of Trench Town has stronger international recognition than Jamaica's capital city of Kingston, and that Bob Marley's contribution to music is greater than Elvis Presley's, social entrepreneur Dr Henley Morgan recently...

Published:Thursday | December 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

A special benefit that young choreographers and dancers get from the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) Young Choreographers Showcase is verbal feedback.The annual event is staged in the NDTC studio, and the audience, give comments and ask...

Published:Friday | December 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

After walking the straight, safe road of orthodoxy for the past decade, St Lucian film-maker Michelle Serieux has swerved towards the cliff of idealism and experimentation. Will the turn take her to the fame and fortune that most in her profession...

Published:Friday | December 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Since mid-October, scores of teachers and students across the island havebeen attending workshops onthe performing and literaryarts conducted by theJamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).On Tuesday, the sessions were in central Jamaica (...

Published:Thursday | December 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Philharmonic Orchestra received a very long and loud round of applause at the end of Sunday's concert at the University of the West Indies Mona Chapel.The applause was for the superb presentations in the concert's two parts - the first...

Published:Friday | November 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Ironically, when the University of Technology was the College of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST), there were no courses in the arts for which students could get academic credit. Yet, soon after the name and status change in 1995 (to become...

Published:Friday | November 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Come next year, there will be more options for those wishing to enter jazz pieces in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) dance competition. The current 'jazz' category, will be broken down into three areas - traditional jazz,...

Published:Friday | November 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican theatre was greatly augmented with the formation of the Sistren Theatre Collective in 1977. It saw female street cleaners in the Government's Crash programme crashing into a brand-new, undreamt-of career as they transformed themselves into...

Published:Friday | November 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Malachi Smith knows firsthand both the ugly, destructive side of humanity, and the creative beauty of the arts. That's because the former policeman (in Jamaica and Florida) is now a full-time activist and poet.Disgusted, he says, with the crime and...

Published:Wednesday | November 7, 2018 | 12:14 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Ironically, there was very little toughness, and absolutely no roughness, in the Cry Tough concert staged by the faculty of the School of Music at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts on Sunday.The performers' hearts were...

Published:Friday | November 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

One theory holds that drama had its beginning in religious ritual, with one branch - entertainment drama - eventually becoming the largest. That would mean that theatre and religion have been linked for thousands of years. Certainly, they have been...

Published:Friday | October 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Among the enthusiastic audience watching From Den Till Now, Jamaica's first dancehall musical, was 20 university students who were there to do research. That would've been good news to the show's writer/director/producer/performer Orville Hall, for...

Published:Friday | October 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

When it comes to the work of the National Gallery of Jamaica and Quilt Performing Arts, the use of space is crucial. Both entities are currently exploring the use of non-traditional spaces.This was explained to me by Quilt's founder and artistic...

Published:Friday | September 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Today being the final Friday of the month, the free monthly Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) lunch-hour concert - featuring drama, dance or music - would normally be on. Instead, it was held a week earlier as a musical show, Mikey Bennett and Friends in...

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