Standing ovation for Guyana’s dancers

─ at CARIFESTA XIV’s ‘Dance Showcase’

DPI, Guyana, Sunday August 18, 2019

The graceful yet compelling movements of the dancers from Guyana’s delegation, on Saturday evening, had members of the audience calling for an encore. Wrapped in soft flowing garments, and swaying to melodious music, the dancers gave every lift of the arm, every dip of the torso every twirl deep meaning. The choreography enthralled the audience and did Guyana proud.

The dance troupe, which included members of Guyana’s National Dance Company, performed ‘Decades of Dance’ created by Vivienne Daniels at CARIFESTA XIV’s Dance Showcase. The event was held at the Queens Hall Theatre in Trinidad.

Richard Ambrose, a delegate from the St. Lucian contingent told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that Guyana’s presentation took his breath away. He said this demonstrates the nation’s cultural and creative industry is going in the right direction.

“It was beautiful to see Guyana represented because we do not know everything about your art and culture. The dancers were amazing; there was a lot of passion… a lot of energy, a lot of effort towards great technique… so kudos to those young people,” he said.

Another delegate from St. Lucia, Christopher Duncan said he could not take his eyes off the performance, “not even for a moment”.

“Spectacular is the word I use to describe it. There was one male dancer in particular… he defined purpose, drive and determination…to see him flow with that flexibility …it was wonderful…the rest I think spoke for itself, it was magnificent,” he said. Duncan said he will be keeping a close eye on the dancers moving forward

Before the Guyana dance troupe bowed out for the night to enjoy the rest of acts slated, some of the members shared with DPI their thoughts about their performance.

Sattie Udho, said, “it felt amazing to perform with such amazing artists and represent our country… we felt it deep in our hearts that we made Guyana proud.” Maresha Arthur was pleased with the group’s performance. “It was a wonderful experience to be able to represent my country putting my best foot forward while being an ambassador for my country. Our performance is a memorable one.”

It is expected that Guyana’s “A year in a day” dramatic presentation set to take centre stage, on Sunday evening, will truly capture the essence of Guyana and its citizens in a microcosm.

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