The National Gallery of Jamaica is partnering with the Kingston on the Edge urban arts festival in presenting its Last Sundays programme on June 30th. This event is open to the public is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The programme for Sunday features a dance performance by Neila Ebanks titled, Becoming: The Body Remembers and Breaks the Silence, which starts at 1:30 pm, followed by the Jamaican film Countryman (1982), which starts at 2 p.m.
Becoming: The Body Remembers and Breaks the Silence is a collaboration between Oniel Pryce, who choreographed the piece, and dance performer Neila Ebanks. The dance performance premiered earlier this year at the Tobago Contemporary Dance Festival and charts a challenging journey from brokenness to wholeness, placing focus on one’s ability to “put oneself back together again” after collapse. Ebanks and Pryce are highly acclaimed and innovative Jamaican dancers and choreographers, who also lecture at the Edna Manley College, School of Dance.
Countryman (1982) is an independent Jamaican action/adventure film directed by Richard “Dickie” Jobson. A cult classic, the film tells the story of a Jamaican fisherman who rescues a young American couple from the wreckage of a plane crash in a remote area. In doing so, the ‘Countryman’ an actual, well-known personality in the Hellshire community, has to battle corrupt local authorities who are fabricating a story about the plane’s role in drugs and arms smuggling to gain popularity in an upcoming election.