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Black Corps: War of 1812 at Fleck Dance Theatre

May 7, 2012

Black Corps: War of 1812

It is with great pride and pleasure that Afro-Caribbean Dance Group will present the Black Corps: War of 1812 to celebrate its 30th Anniversary at the Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, 3rd Floor Queens Quay Terminal, Thursday, June 14th to Saturday, June 16th, 2012, 8:00 PM. Tickets are now on sale by phone (416) 973-4000, online at Harbourfront Website: websales@harbourfrontcentre.com

Celebrating Canadian history and Canadian heroes in its Bicentennial. The show is about the unheard story of thirty-five (35) Black men who fought and won fame in the War of 1812. This Black militia led by Richard Pierpoint was integral in the victory with the British (Loyalists) against the United States (Patriots) and were called Loyalists. The dance show surrounds the life of Blacks in Canada and comprises of a range of music and dance genres from Black America, the Caribbean, and West Africa; i.e., Blues, Reggae, *Classical and live drumming. The dance pieces will be composed from an Afro-Caribbean aesthetics, Modern dance, Contemporary dance, Hip Hop, West African, etc...

The show is sponsored by Toronto Arts Council.

MUSIC
*Classical Black Composer: Chevalier de St. Georges from 1745-1799
A selection of music from Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Howling Wolf, etc...

The definition of Afro-Caribbean Dance is a partnering of other cultural dances; i.e. the Irish jigs and the heel and toe, Spanish; i.e., Joropo, Quadrilles, AmerIndian; i.e. Carib and Arawak, and (East) Indian; i.e. Jaroo, Katak, French; i.e. Bele, Beguine, but Afro-Caribbean dance has the core African element; i.e. Nation Dances like Ibo, Temme, Congo, etc... that colours, textures and gives vibrancy to its aesthetics and to this dance genre. The African element is the core of Caribbean Dance genre.

Choreographer Anthony "Prime" Guerra:
Anthony "Prime" Guerra, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, Choreographer and Dance Elder has directed and choreographed numerous productions on both local and international levels. His profound knowledge of dance, the origins of dance and the African contribution to many of today's dance forms has made him highly sought after by many educational institutions, corporations, by other artists in dance, theatre and film. Dr. Anthony Guerra's cultural dance research has brought rare, (traditional) Afro-Caribbean dances and historical information to light; and his original "Prime Dance" philosophy stating: "Form, Feeling, Meaning bring forth Form, Feeling, Healing" has uncovered the healing & spiritual aspects of dance at its most primal essence.

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