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'Earth': Dance, Sculpture, Poetry

Neila Ebanks in 'Earth'

Derek Walcott's poem 'Earth' was transformed with music and live sculpture through the combined artistry of sculptor Toby Grant and the dance and choreography of Neila Ebanks. The two engaged in a six-hour collaboration between the two artists that had passersby slowing down or coming over. The collaboration was a part of the Rex Nettleford Arts Conference, under the theme The Creative Industries: Sustainability and Social Transformation. The conference, was staged by the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Peforming Arts, October 16-18, 2013.


Susumba passed through for a part of the dance/installation. The pictures are below.


The Dance is a loose interpretation of Derek Walcott's poem 'Earth'


The poinciana tree was more than a locale for Grant and Ebanks become a part of the sculpture


Toby Grant adjusts the living sculpture


Neila Ebanks curled at the stump, at times the dance was a study in stillness