“Spirit of Dance” Exhibition to open at Doongalik
Doongalik Studios Art Gallery, in conjunction with Carter Marketing and The Endowment for the Performing Arts of The Bahamas, announces the official opening of the “Spirit of The Dance” Exhibition which celebrates the lives of internationally renowned dancers Paul Meeres, Hubert Farrington and Shirley Hall-Bass on Thursday, December 1 from 6-9 p.m. at #18 Village Road.
The exhibition is the second in the series which has been renamed the “Jackson Burnside III Annual Conversations on Culture” in memory of the Doongalik Studios’ Founder. Last year’s exhibition, “Youngie & Exuma” which showcased the artistic genius of Joseph Spence and Tony McKay, was an outstanding success and this year’s exhibition promises to provide a wide array of entertainment and amazing educational information about these dance giants of The Bahamas whose lives spanned decades of international fame throughout Europe, the United States and the Caribbean.
The exhibition will not only have lots of photographs and articles on each of the dancers, but will also present video presentations for viewing at selected times later in the exhibition. In addition, the highly acclaimed lecture series will take place when persons familiar with the dance heroes will share their stories with the audience and be available to answer questions.
Curator, Orchid Burnside stated, “We are so excited and proud to once again have the opportunity to expose the Bahamian public to the importance of these dancers who not only worked and danced all over the world with the greatest of artists in their fields, but also inspired and touched the lives of thousands of young Bahamian dancers, several of whom also took up careers as professional dancers.”
Committee member, Charles Carter, also thanked the many family, students and friends of the trio who provided so much fascinating information for the exhibition. “Although my cousin Jackson is no longer with us, we are continuing his legacy by reminding our people that in his words last year: if we fail to celebrate our own, others will own them.”
Doongalik Studios is intent on presenting the educational component inherent in these exhibitions, particularly for the youth who have no idea about the wealth of artistic and cultural talent that has been, and still is, available in the country and invites the public to join them for another inspiring series of events. One trip will not be enough to take in all the information available and they look forward to hosting school field trips to view the exhibit.
The exhibition will be on display until 2012. For further information contact the gallery at 394-1886 or email [email protected]