Conversing with Jamaican Dancer and Choreographer, L’Antoinette Stines
In 1978, Jamaican dancer/choreographer, L’Antoinette Stines, satta king result established Miami’s first, mostly dark dance company, L’Acadco. Returning to Jamaica in 1982 she extended to cultivate with her company and together they have become dynamic ambassadors for Jamaican culture. L’Acadco’s objective is to present the rhythms of the Caribbean people on the world stage.
Next week, L’Acadco – A United Caribbean Party Force has a diverse account including dancers, drummers, stilt walkers, and fire blowers from over the Caribbean. week L’Acadco is likely to be hosting PASSION:fruits, a party of amazing L’Acadco works. That show is likely to be presented at the Philip Sherlock Center for the Innovative Arts, U.W.I Mona from Thursday May 30th 2009 to Saturday March 2nd 2009.
We speak to the business founder and imaginative manager L’Antoinette Stines…
YE: Why are you currently an artist/dancer and when did you first become one?
L’Antoinette: I regard myself as equally having danced with many dance companies. I am a choreographer, inventor of L’Antech the initial Anglo Caribbean Contemporary Modern Strategy and I occasionally perform with the business, therefore I suppose I am an artist.
YE: How can you explain work?
L’Antoinette: Impressive and contemporary, a thrilling blend of Jamaica, Caribbean and Europe that will be the reality of Caribbean culture.
YE: Which kind of dance can you do?
L’Antoinette: Punk, established ballroom, standard, contemporary and African dance.
YE: How did L’Acadco begin and what was your perspective for the business?
L’Antoinette: L’Acadco had two beginnings. The first was in Miami, Florida. The perspective was to create together the tri-ethnic communities of Spanish, African-American and Caucasian. The second was in Jamaica with a many different goal to present contemporary dance with a new voice, new and legitimate understandings of the Jamaican landscape.
YE: What artists/dancers have influenced you and how?
L’Antoinette: The Cuban Contemporanea and Eduardo Rivero experienced the absolute most impact on my imaginative personality today. Through their perform I got to appreciate that individuals can do contemporary dance remembering who we’re as a people therefore that whenever the curtain starts there’s no distress that individuals are Jamaican.
YE: What different passions do you have outside of dance?
L’Antoinette: I am an enthusiastic audience as a PhD choice at the University of the West Indies in Cultural Studies. My fascination is doing powerful research on the countries of men and women especially the Caribbean.
YE: What motivates you to keep determined when things get hard?
L’Antoinette: I am encouraged by the Divine Power of the Market the “Godhead” as I firmly think we’re given our skills to reach people and to testify about being given that talent. Not using it is destroying it.
YE: How could people who know you explain you?
L’Antoinette: I am told that I would stop trying dance and turn into a comedian. Some could state I am powerful, others could state I am entertaining and others might state she is really a “Hitler” when it arrived at discipline and hard work.
YE: Who’re some dance companies and or dancers that you admire?
L’Antoinette: I admire Phoenix dance company in Liverpool, Alvin Ailey Company, The Cuban Contemporanea, The Eduardo Rivero Caribbean Party Company, Kariamu Welsh -Tradition.
I love many dancers it’s hard to name them. I always but respected and however believe that Jamaica’s divas are Patsy Rickets and Barry Moncrieffe.
YE: What have been your greatest problems? Benefits?
L’Antoinette: My greatest challenge is my greatest reward and that is getting up my kiddies to be successful, useful citizens. My first child finished from NYU with a Bachelors degree, did his four years in the U.S Military and acquired many honors and can graduate from law college in December. My 2nd child Aaron Vereen finished from Noyam Institute in Ghana Africa as a master drummer, dancer and now functions with Roots Undercover and teaches kiddies and people and is the musical manager of L’Acadco and my child is currently planning to remain her CSC exams and is really a Senior dancer in L’Acadco. They’re my problems and my successes.
YE: Wherever can you see your self in 10 years?
L’Antoinette: I intend to journey the world and train about the rich culture of Jamaica being an ambassador. For this reason I’ve pursued a PhD.
YE: How can you explain their state of the dance world in Jamaica?
L’Antoinette: Wealthy, vibrant. This is the dance capitol of the Caribbean in opposition with New York. There are lots of dance companies, junior companies, kids who dance for JCDC festival competition. Party, but needs to be funded by government.
YE: Inform us about the growing season that year…what can we expect?
L’Antoinette: L’Acadco has taken to the point memories of the 25 years. Three of the dances HIGH, SATTA AND HAVE YOU EVER BEEN THERE? were staged 25 years ago. The others Divine Unity had it’s world premier in Canada to talk reviews. New choreography just for that party are Step by Step, Killing me Lightly and Passion.