|Carroll says game on|
Guardian Lifestyles Intern
Published: Jun 22, 2012
This is the weekend of dance with a stellar event like the Dance Theatre of Harlem's much anticipated performance at the Atlantis. But that is not the only dance moves you can take in around the town this weekend. "The Game is On", a production by the Lawrence Carroll Dance Academy is the perfect way to round out your weekend of artistic expression with its final performance on Saturday, June 23 at The College of The Bahamas Performing Arts Centre.
And Carroll promises it is a show that should not be missed. In true Lawrence Carroll style, it will be completely non-traditional.
The production features Carroll's "mini robots" lighting up the stage for a 26-number performance. The first half showcases seamless slower tempo dancing, but the second half is when the tempo picks up.
Carroll promises fancy footwork by performers and music the audience will want to groove to.
The show’s concept promises to take the audience on a whirlwind of sporting activity as the dancers take you around the world to various famous games played in different countries.
"Each time you go somewhere in the production, it’s a game and that game is on," said Carroll. "For example we take you to South Africa to do the Waka Waka because of the fame that particular movement got through the game of soccer. The hit single by Shakira was the anthem of the FIFA 2010 World Cup and the catchiness of the dance soon had everybody attempting the intricate movements,” he said.
The Lawrence Carroll Dance Academy is staging their second production. Carroll's first production, "Black and Gold” was a spin off from the song made popular through the movie Fame. This year, “The Game is On” has been taken from a famous piece of artistic drama which Carroll doesn't reveal but the audience will get a glimpse of on Saturday.
Carroll said this performance will be close to his heart as it is one more step in establishing himself as different and unique. He said the show will reflect his new found independence and stepping away from tradition.
"Each year I use a different era and choose a completely unique and different piece of music and design the production around it," said Carroll. "There is always something special I try to incorporate as it relates to popular icons that have passed on. Last year we honored Michael Jackson, this year the audience can expect a tribute to Whitney Houston".
The two-hour performance takes to the stage at 7 p.m.