UT Joins ARTE’s Celebration of Latin Culture with Dance

Published: Nov 1, 2010
This fall The University of Tampa’s Scarfone/Hartley Gallery will participate in ARTE 2010, a city-wide showcase of Latin culture and its importance to the history and economy of the Tampa Bay area.

The gallery will host “Caribbean Essence,” a lecture demonstration of the influences and qualities of Caribbean dance and movement on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and features UT alumna Susan Barnes Pereira and students from her Barnes Dance Academy Limited in the Cayman Islands.

Pereira’s presentation will identify the main cultures (historical and present day), the Caribbean way of life (work and leisure) and the environment (infrastructure and nature) that individually and collectively influence Caribbean movement patterns. These influences create obvious nuances or "isms" that can be seen clearly in Caribbean movement, resulting in a unique movement quality that can only be described as the “essence” of Caribbean movement.

Pereira received her B.A. in psychology with a minor in dance from UT and her M.A. in dance education from New York University. She is a founding member and a principal dancer of the Cayman Islands National Dance Company — Dance Unlimited and the owner/director of Barnes Dance Academy Limited (BDAL) in the Cayman Islands. Her visit to UT is supported by the Office of International Programs.

This event will be followed up by a performance in the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery on Friday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m., when the University presents its annual Evening of Experimental Dance.

This year’s presentation features dances and performance pieces choreographed in relationship with the current exhibit featuring work by the UT Fine Arts Faculty and “Celebrating Caribbean Connections.” Included in the exhibit is new work by UT art faculty member Kendra Frorup, who grew up in the Bahamas.

Audience members will move throughout the gallery as “sight lines” shift from piece to piece, with the opportunity to view the art — both kinetic and static — with fresh perspectives. Both events are free and open to the public and are presented by the Department of Speech, Theatre and Dance within the College of Arts and Letters.

For more information, contact Susan Taylor Lennon at (813) 257-3745.