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Copeland's Jamaica shows sold out

Sunday, August 05, 2018

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The two performances featuring American prima ballerina Misty Copeland set for the Little Theatre in St Andrew on August 31 and September 1 have already sold out.

The events which are produced by Plié for the Arts for the arts will also feature The University Singers, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jamaica, and the New York-based Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

Principal of Plié for the Arts Marisa Benain said the event will unfold in three segments and will also see a corps of 15 of the island's finest dancers in a segment entitled Essence of the Island.

“It will be a hell of a show,” Benain told the Jamaica Observer. “The show sold out from April 20, and it really shows that people want quality production. I strive for the A-standard and we set the bar very high. I think we can put it on,” she said.

“We held auditions and selected dancers from companies like from NDTC, L'Acadco, dancers from Portmore Dance Theatre; there was no room for bias,” she said. “Some dancers even came in from a little busload from Montego Bay, others from as far as Barbados.”

The piece for the local dancers is choreographed by Renee McDonald and also includes an eclectic mix of local dance forms.

“We have traditional folk and you'll also see dancers dancing to a well-known reggae singer,” she said. “We themed the segment 'Essence of the Island' as an opportunity to showcase that Jamaican performers can truly do a little of everything.”

The other two segments of the show will host performances by Misty Copeland, the first African American female principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre and New York-based company Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

As the countdown to the big day begins, Benain is in production mode.

“I'm excited, but right now I want to ensure everything works. Solomon Sharp from Main Event plays a huge role in this thing and he is helping us get the lights in — the Little Theatre has never been lit like this before. As August kicks in the nervousness and butterflies come, but that's a good thing. As a dancer myself, if you're not nervous something should be wrong,” Benain noted.

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