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A New Experience in the Arts

 

New and exciting things are expected from The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) as programmes from the Academy for the Performing Arts (APA) are rolled out for an intake of students in September 2010. The APA model, which embraces outreach, opportunities, research and learning outcomes, will provide students with the platform to develop new artistic expressions and explore performance, while emphasizing the need for the creation of unique, self confident and entrepreneurial artists who are poised to excel both nationally and internationally.

Persons opting for careers in performance and production will have an opportunity to hone their artistic and operational skills with the advent of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) programmes in Acting, Music (Caribbean, Indian Classical, Western Classical and Jazz), Dance, Design Technology and Management. Two-year Diploma programmes in Music, Production Management and Sound Technology will also be offered along with a one-year Certificate course in Indian Classical Music, Steelpan and Music Literacy.

Instruction for these programmes have been entrusted to internationally recognised professionals, many of whom have performed as principal players in leading symphony orchestras throughout Europe and North America or have graced the world’s largest stages as ambassadors of music, dance and drama. To date, twenty-six (26) staff members have been enlisted to teach and to provide practical expertise to students pursuing studies at APA.

Some members of the public were given a preview of things to come when, on November 17, 2009, under the patronage of The Honourable Christine Kangaloo, Minister of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education, The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) held its inaugural performance, “Cultural Kaleidoscope…A Showcase of the Arts”, at the Auditorium, National Academy for the Performing Arts. The performance by members of APA showcased not only the newly inaugurated facilities, but also the wealth of talent which exists at the Academy. The UTT Campus at NAPA will provide students with the best learning atmosphere as students will have access to two (2) dance rooms, thirty (30) classrooms and two (2) theatres with a combined seating capacity of over five hundred persons.

As part of the Music Service Outreach, musicians from the Academy work alongside such local musical entities as birdsong Academy, Divine Echoes, St Augustine Chamber Orchestra (SACO), Arima Melodians and the National Sinfonia. Several concerts and workshops for both internal and external audiences have been staged at various UTT campuses in order to familiarise staff, students and the public, with the offerings at APA. In addition, recent symposia in theatre arts and music have allowed for unique opportunities to network with stakeholders in the local performing arts industry as well as prospective students.

On Friday 12 March 2010, APA musicians and members of the Diego Martin Boys’ R.C. School steel band orchestra joined forces to showcase Music for Dusk. This free community concert was the first to combine the repertoire of young and budding pannists with the experience and expertise of the Academy’s world-class musicians.

APA continues to demonstrate its relevance to Trinidad and Tobago with a series of proposed projects for 2010. Concluded carnival activities such as ‘Behind the Bacchanal’ (with a focus on production and sound) and music archiving of Panorama, as well as, upcoming dance labs, jazz labs, drama productions and open workshops, are all on the horizon for 2010.

Smaller classes of 15-20 students and individual attention await students wishing to join APA.  Not only are there new opportunities within sight but the ability to study in Trinidad and Tobago with some of the world’s most talented and trained persons in all aspects of the performing arts, is a prospect not to be missed. Persons wishing to apply to these programmes are advised to log on to www.u.tt for more information.