Published: November 01, 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.