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Arts Alive brings Rhythm in November

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Members of Tobago-based performing arts non-profit organisation, Arts Alive, show off their new costumes.

The Tobago-based performing arts non-profit organisation, Arts Alive, will put on its first theatrical music production in November. 


The musical, Rhythms of Life, Voices of Nature, will play first in Tobago and then move to Port-of-Spain and finally San Fernando from November 9-18. 


The three-year-old organisation, which includes the Tobago Jubilation Choir and the Arts Alive Children’s Performing Company, has hosted two concerts each year since its 2010 founding. However, director Anne-Marie Brimacombe told the T&T Guardian she believes this production will surpass their previous performances. The score includes original pieces written by Brimamcombe and her husband, Peter, as well as adaptations of popular songs. The genres of music featured in the production include hip-hop, calypso, and R&B. There is even a piece featuring a Sanskrit poem about spirituality and nature, which was choreographed by a member of the Mahatma Ghandi School of Dance. 


The production incorporates song, story-telling, dance, theatre and multi-media presentations that promote environmental awareness and sustainability. “We highlight the beautiful attractions of T&T, but bring to the attention of our audiences that the need to preserve these places. We live in this beautiful place, but sometimes take it for granted,” she said in a telephone interview. 


While building the set and making costumes, Brimacombe also tried to be as environmentally-friendly as possible. “Being a non-profit, we don’t have the money for major costuming so we are borrowing, recycling and using what we have in creative manners. The costumes aren’t minimalist, but instead of making everything we’ve tried to borrow and add and be creative as possible.” 


The performance includes appearances by veteran actor Louis Vilain and actress Dr Eastlyn Mckenzie. The shows have been sponsored in part by the Tobago House of Assembly and the Ministry of Education, which is sponsoring a special performance for 500 primary school students in South Trinidad on November 18. Brimacombe said the Ministry acknowledged the educational nature of the production. 


Arts Alive has also competed in Music Festival and was featured in a performance in March sponsored by the United Nations for UN International Day of Happiness. 


Rhythms of Life, Voice of Nature is an vibrant and engaging show that audiences of all ages will be sure to enjoy, said Brimacombe. “The musical and dance numbers include many different styles that will excite and inspire audiences of all ages and the narrative is sure to touch your heart and lift your spirit.”



November 9—Tobago 
November 16—Little Carib Theatre, Roberts & White Streets, Woodbrook 
November 17—Naparima Bowl, San Fernando Tickets are available at Aeropost in Tobago, Keith Khan Books Etc in Port-of-Spain and San Fernando and at the door. 
For more information contact: Arts Alive at 639-9917, 365-5412 or [email protected]


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