Seasons of Dance
The Story of Jamaican Dance Theatre
Monica DaSilva; foreword by Rex Nettleford
9" x 11" • 240 pages • color and b&w photographs
ISBN 9781405074001 • hardback • $40.00 •
This definitive photographic journey celebrates the visionary and truly extraordinary aspects of dance theater in Jamaica over a span of twenty years. Packed cover-to-cover with over 300 dramatic and visually exciting photos of dance ensembles performed by the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), Movements Dance Company, Lacadco, The Company Dance Theatre, Jamaica School of Dance and Stella Maris Dance Ensemble, this timely book is an historic reference to Jamaican dance from the classics to the modern and contemporary. Seasons of Dance is an outstanding tribute to the history of dance theatre in Jamaica and indispensable for anyone with a love for the arts, dance and dance theater.
Monica DaSilva, a self-taught photographer with an instinctual passion for the film, has photographed and documented Jamaican dance and theater for over twenty five years. Her love, passion and curious appreciation for moving images is what later led to her shooting dance and theater in Jamaica. Her work gives insight into the mystery of the dancers and choreography in each ensemble.
She has captured on film the beauty and form of Jamaican Dance, true poetry in motion. Some of the most memorable and awe-inspiring dance ensembles have been recorded in this historic book. DaSilva's work has been printed in over 20 different publications in Jamaica, including the Best of Skywritings, Jamaica Pictorial, Evon Blake's Beautiful Jamaica and Bob Marley - Reggae King of the World, The Gleaner, The Jamaica Observer and Jamaica Journal. She has won awards for her photography in the JCDC Photographic National Competition and has been a judge for the JCDC Festival Photo Competition.
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