Vincentian performing arts graduate making waves in Jamaica

Press release

Photos: Stuart Reeves

Vincentian graduate from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts Mr.Kanille Brudy continues to excel in Jamaica, making his mark in the creative sphere.

Brudy is a dancer in the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica. The internationally acclaimed theatre company celebrates its sixth decade of excellence, 60 years in dance theatre. The NDTC’s 60th season of dance juxtaposed Jamaica 60 as the company also celebrates 60 years alongside Jamaica’s 60th Independence.

The NDTC staged its annual Season of dance, which commenced on July 24th, and ended on August 14th, 2022. This season was the company’s first full live theatre season in three years, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Each night of the season opened with ‘Drumscore’ a 1979 dance choreographed by co- founder Rex Nettleford. The season also included dances such as ‘Cascade’ choreographed by Artistic Director Marlon Simms, a solo piece which Kanille dominated. Other works include Labess, Rough Drafts, Gerrehbenta, thankful and Unbroken.

The company includes singers, musicians and dancers, all accomplished practitioners whose repertoire also taps into the traditions and culture of Jamaica and the caribbean.

The repertoire of the NDTC successfully melds African and European traditions to create something vibrant and new, something caribbean. The NDTC has tapped into these roots through dances such as Kumina and Gerrehbenta, two pieces that have become standards of the company’s repertoire.

Additionally, The Jamaica National Dance Theatre Company will take to the stage in Miami Florida this weekend, starting October 1, at Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center and Miramar Cultural Arts Center for a performance on October 2.

These performances are being presented by the Louise Bennett-Coverley Heritage Council and under the patronage of Jamaica’s Consul General, Oliver Mair.

Brudy will be on tour with the company this weekend performing in pieces like Cascade, he takes the lead in Gerrehbenta and Rough Drafts presenting the Jamaican folk style  merged with his Vincentian culture, displaying a melodious blend of Caribbean style and form.

The Edinboro resident left St. Vincent in 2017 to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management and a Minor in Dance Performance and Choreography at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. Brudy Graduated in November of 2021, collecting 8 awards including, Principals award, leadership award, as well as capturing the highest GPA in his faculty.

He stated that he hopes to use his experience and time in jamaica, the NDTC and the tour to gain a greater perspective on creative connections and networking. Soaking up the knowledge to share with the people of st. Vincent, in the hopes of creating opportunities for creatives, and later propel the creative and cultural indudustry.

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