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CITATION PRESENTED TO BARRINGTON MONCRIEFFE, CD Jamaica Dance Umbrella, Wednesday, March 5, 2014
School of Dance Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA)
TRIBUTES READ AT MEMORIAL SERVICE
The University Singers University of the West Indies
The Little Theatre, Thursday, February 13, 2020
Arabesk Dance Colletive Synergy Movements
Dr. Peter Phillips, MP Leader of the Opposition The Honourable Olivia Grange, CD, MP Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Marlon D. Simms Artistic Director, National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) The Bridge Generation National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC)
TRIBUTES - DANCE, CULTURAL AND ACADEMIC COMMUNITIES
Something Positive Inc.
TRIBUTES - GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS The Honourable Olivia Grange, CD, MP Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport The Honourable Alando N Terrelonge, MP State Minister, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information
TRIBUTES - NDTC FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Citation presented to
Barrington Moncrieffe, CD Artistic Director
In Recognition of his Outstanding Contribution to Dance in Jamaica on the occasion of the 7th Annual Jamaica Dance Umbrella Festival, March 5, 2014
For his contribution to the development of dance in Jamaica and the rest of the world, the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, is pleased to recognise Barry Moncrieffe, dancer, teacher and mentor.
The Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts and the Jamaica Dance Umbrella hereby confer this honour on Barry Moncrieffe, a stalwart ambassador for dance.
With over five decades of dance under his belt, he now guides the next generation of dancers in Jamaica and beyond.
Philip Sherlock Centre For The Creative Arts
As a dancer, he received his early training under the Eddy Thomas Dance Workshop and summer schools at the University of the West Indies with the University Dance and Gymnastics Society. He later went to the acclaimed Martha Graham School for Contemporary Dance in New York.
The University of the West Indies, Mona, St. Andrew
As a member and principal dancer of the National Dance Theatre Company, he may best be remembered for his many roles as lead in a number of the choreographic works of Prof. Rex Nettleford. These works include The Crossing, Dialogue for Three and Islands. He has also, in collaboration with Joyce Campbell, choreographed Bruckins. As a teacher he has guided students at the Jamaica School of Dance into its transition to part of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. He also taught at the prestigious Vassar College in New York. He has also taught short courses in other countries including Germany, England, China, Finland and across the Caribbean. Having served as Associate Director for a number of years he was appointed Artistic Director of the NDTC and continues to guide the legacy of dance with the current generation. For his work he was recognised with a Silver Musgrave Award and the Order of Distinction, Commander Class. A superb dancer, teacher par excellence, artist and visionary in dance, the iconic Barry Moncrieffe remains a true inspiration for dance in Jamaica.
Read at Memorial Service The Little Theatre, Thursday, February 13, 2020
Dr. Peter Phillips, MP Leader of the Opposition
Anyone who witnessed Barry Moncrieffe as he danced across the stage could not be in any doubt that you were in the presence of an artistic genius. It would be futile to try and select which was his best work because there were so many and in each lies his inimitable style. For me The Crossing was a memorable work. Others remembered - Dialogue for Three or Pocomania, and his languid movements and lyrical presence embedded in the distinctive rhythms of the Caribbean helped define for each of us and all of us, collectively, our identity as a people, especially in those early post-Independence years. The name Barry Moncrieffe was synonymous with the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC). Indeed he joined the NDTC in 1963 which was one year after the Company was formed by Rex Nettleford and Eddy Thomas: And with the exception of three years where he taught at Vassar College in New York, he was a continuing and indelible presence in the NDTC ranks becoming the Artistic Director on the passing of the Founding Artistic Director, Rex Nettleford. The task which they set themselves was not just to entertain, which they nevertheless did with exquisite skill; rather, the task they set themselves was to help define the identity of this fledgling nation with its people drawn from diverse continents and celebrating different heritages into a single organic entity, uniquely and distinctively Caribbean. It was simultaneously a cerebral and intellectual task and an artistic endeavour. Rex Nettleford may have provided the cerebral underpinning for the Company, being one of the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s
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leading intellectuals, but Barry was the embodiment of Dance itself. He taught dance at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts; he lived Dancing; he decorated the dancers; and the rhythms of Jamaican life pulsated throughout his very being. He was appropriately and fittingly honoured by his peers among cultural practitioners by the Award of the Musgrave Silver Medal by the institute of Jamaica and by the granting of the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) in the National Honours. All of this, however, does not speak fully to the true measure of the man or his contribution. I cannot claim to have known him well. But I was always struck by the quiet and deep simplicity of his manner. In a world of stars that was the NDTC, Barry was nevertheless able, by virtue of his calm disposition and serenity of spirit to maintain level headedness. He was amongst those who provided the ballast that kept the ship g
steady. His voice was never raised; he maintained impartiality; and sustained friendships with all. His own kindness was extraordinary and his inability to maintain enmity set him apart as a special person. As we say farewell to him and thank him for helping to construct memories of ourselves as ancestral beings and as we thank him for his work in establishing our artistic traditions, let us dwell as we should on these qualities of the man - his integrity, his honesty, his virtuousness, and his simplicity which combined to make him the exceptional person that he was. Those values that he embraced are truly universal values and they should serve as a beacon to future generations as we confront new challenges and dance to the new rhythms and follow new stars. His values and his memories are of the ages - timeless and eternal. We have all been blessed by knowing him. Walk good Barry. May you dance with the Angels. Dr. Peter Phillips, MP Leader of the Opposition
TRIBUTES READ AT MEMORIAL SERVICE THE LITTLE THEATRE, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020
Olivia Grange, CD, MP Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport salutes the late Barry Moncrieffe, dancer, choreographer, artistic director extraordinaire. We salute him for his artistry and command of body and motion, fortified by an unquenchable desire to simply dance. We salute him for his life-long commitment to Jamaica’s and the Caribbean’s globally acclaimed National Dance Theatre Company and for his dedication to our country. Barry Moncrieffe’s entrance to the stage of the National Dance Theatre Company in the first year of its founding in 1963 has earned him the right to be recognised among its foundation principals. From the very beginning, Barry Moncrieffe signalled to all that he was destined to provide lustre to its image and added character to its substance. Every occasion that Barry Moncrieffe took to the stage was electrifying at its core as this agile and dynamic dancer soon commanded ovation after ovation at every one of his appearances. Barry Moncrieffe was the prolific artist. He understood the role of art in the creation of civilisation and partnered with the late Rex Nettleford and the late Eddy Thomas in the creation of a Jamaican and Caribbean aesthetic. At a time when Jamaica was experimenting with Independence, Barry understood the connection between the feisty independence affirmed through the manipulation of body and motion in dance and the political thrust of those who were responsible for the raising of the flag in 1962. For him, dance provided an opportunity to reaffirm our ancestral identity and determine the thrust of our political independence. Barry Moncrieffe’s smooth transition through principal dancer and choreographer saw him engage the culture and tradition of our Jamaican people as both backdrop and centrepiece of the new
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dynamic. It was through his varied choreography that we got glimpses of his artistic mind as he populated his dance-scape with dramatic movements depicting our struggles and triumphs, our ponderings and panderings, as we searched for and discovered our essence and true being. In all this, he was able to transform the spectator into active participant in dance themes that would help us understand our past, present and future. Throughout, Barry Moncrieffe understood the dynamic power of the dance. For him, dance provided moments for meditation, interrogation, self-affirmation and communal identification. Dance’s vocabulary speaks to the innermost elements of our being and excavates for social and cultural affirmation the identity of a people, race and region. It was, perhaps, Earl Lovelace, who expressed succinctly in ‘The Dragon Can’t Dance’ what Barry Moncrieffe set out in his dance-scape: “Dance! If the words mourn the death of a neighbour, the music insists that you dance; if it tells the troubles of a brother, the music says dance; Dance to the hurt! If you catching hell, dance! Dance! Dance! Dance! To his credit, Barry Moncrieffe danced into the hearts of many Jamaicans. His dance had motion and direction. In 2012, after the passing of the
Professor, Barry danced to the top of the NDTC as Artistic Director and continued its global prowess. Over the years, Barry understood the importance of education and tradition bearing. He pursued a distinguished career in teaching at the Edna Manley College School of Dance where his generosity of spirit and quiet dignity impacted those who were privileged to learn at his feet. He was the consummate artist with a taste for succession planning that saw him open his heart and mind to the advantage of his many students. Barryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creativity also extended to the world of fashion. His designs were to be seen on the runways of Jamaica and beyond as he allowed his sense of movement and projection to influence his choice of colours and his final product. To his credit, Barry never really left Jamaica. He was committed to his country and readily undertook activities that would help our people and country grow. With the NDTC, Barry Moncrieffe represented Jamaica across the world and everywhere he went the dance reflected the movement, identity and dignity of the Jamaican people. For his artistry, outstanding talent, ability and generosity of spirit, Barry Moncrieffe was awarded the Silver Musgrave Medal by the Institute of Jamaica and was conferred with the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander by the Government of Jamaica. The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport salutes the late Barry Moncrieffe, a.k.a. Uncle Barry. May all who mourn his passing be grateful for his many years of sterling contribution to the culture and arts fabric of Jamaica. Walk Good Barry. May Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s light perpetually shine upon you as you rest in peace. Olivia Grange, CD, MP Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport
Marlon D. Simms Artistic Director, National Dance Theatre Company How do you quantity 55 years of dedication, passion, brilliance, transformative excellence and volunteerism in building a National legacy? The results of which can only be done by multiplying that 55 years by the countless lives that have been changed. To understand Uncle Barry’s 55 years in dance, can only be subtotalled under this broader narrative. The consistency to return day after day with fervour makes you wonder, how did he remain inspired? How did he stay so focused? What drove him? How did he do it? My simple answer lies in the recognition that Uncle Barry found his Devine calling. (My only answer is, only someone who was specially crafted by the Creator) Raised in a loving and supportive home, he recognized his purpose early in life. Believing and embodying that in sharing his gifts, he too will equally be inspired and fulfilled. This became evident to all who were in his presence. So much so that grace, style, class and sophistication became synonymous to the “Uncle Barry way.” He was dance royalty. Though most of us in the Company now have never danced alongside him, ALL of us wished we did. He moved with such ease and kinesthetic eloquence shaping beautiful lines and carving images in space that told our stories. Prof. Nettleford often referred to him as the dancer’s dancer and would encourage us to all drink from his wealth of unique knowledge. The legacy of the NDTC was in his body. From studio to the stage he passed it on with an undeniable conviction.
he was healing showed a strength of character that was always a consistent trait of Uncle Barry. He was the real deal, genuine, true and human. To borrow a line from Marjorie Whylie, our dear Musical Director Emerita, if we didn’t have an Uncle Barry we would have had to invent him. He walked the walk and talked the talk. He was who he was and never claimed to be anyone or anything else. He was a man of noble character, dignified and true, a genuine, caring and loving individual who had a dedication to purpose that’s near impossible to replicate. We’ve suffered a huge loss but it’s a major win in our hearts because he had let us in, shared his life with us and left a piece of himself with us always. Stuart Reeves Photography
We looked up to him for his kindness, understanding, compassion and love. We looked up to him for his excellent classes, memory, sophisticated style, wit and dry sense of humour. When we were feeling low at rehearsals and you would hear him say, “Let’s go”. And somehow, we would feel ready. We got excited whenever we saw him. It was hard to be formal and call him Mr. Moncrieffe. Everybody called him, “Uncle Barry” and we understood why. He had the spirit of a father who many dreamed of, the warmth of a favourite uncle you would always want to visit on holidays, the protection of a brother who would never leave your side and the security of a friend who would make you feel better by always being thoughtful, understanding and present. He had an all-embracing spirit that emanated kindness and love. It was all around him and we were all drawn to it.
He prepared us for his departure, but we were not ready to let him go. Yet, the time has come. To quantify his 55 years, we must therefore continue his work, for it is in his work that he will continue to live within us and for generations to come. Thank you, Uncle Barry. Walk good as we continue to stand tall on your shoulders. Marlon D. Simms Artistic Director, National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC)
His dedication to the company made him available even after his tenure as Artistic Director. This one on one availability even while
The Bridge Generation National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC)
With much love from The Bridge Generation: Adrian, Alaine, Alison, Cheryl, Clive, Denise, Deroi, Jacquie, Judith, Judith Pennant, Karyn, Melanie, Monika, Patsy, Sandra and Sita. Stuart Reeves Photography
For Barry with love!!
I shall light a candle of understanding in thine heart. All things in their place then, in this many chambered heart
Barry built bridges of understanding within and across generations, bridges which reflected his clear vision of dance as an art form, and the role and responsibility of the NDTC in this process.
A signature feature of his spirit and way of being was his kindness expressed in thought, word and action. We experienced multiple expressions of this kindness. How special and kind was his offer to design and make Sandra’s wedding dress, complete with signature jewellery, and also, when Denise’s son became seriously ill, Barry organized a fundraiser within the NDTC alum on her family’s behalf. Supreme acts of thoughtfulness and kindness. - Cheryl R
- Judith W Barry – A Teacher. He was a compelling teacher and exceptional
colleague from the inception of the Jamaica School of Dance, a part of what is now the Edna Manley College of Visual and the Performing Arts. He understood the special unspoken dialogue between student and teacher.
Barry – A Mentor He had a particular style of mentorship, gentle and supportive, showing concern for the personal and professional development of members, including special events in one’s life.
- Monika L
Barry – A considerate and quintessential partner, on and off the stage. It was natural for him to show off his partner, a metaphor for who Barry was in his heart.
Barry – A Dancer par excellence
Barry – A friend of many. He understood the different, and often strong personalities that we are, and was sensitive to our needs as dancer, friend, mother, sister, brother!
We recall Court of Jah which might have appeared to some as simple choreography. His articulation of this choreography exemplified by his personal stamp of precision and attention to details, characteristic gestures and strong beautiful lines, with a regal persona together transcended its simplicity, taking this dance to another level of expression and excellence. Barry was gifted with well-defined and articulated feet. These trademark feet completed the messages that his strong, beautiful lines conveyed to so many audiences, here and abroad. We still see them now in The Crossing, in Many Rivers to Cross, in Dialogue for Three!
Barry – A fashionable, well-dressed and oh so polite gentleman! My memories go way back to JayTeens days. Young hearts fluttered when Barry gestured politely to a group of youngsters who ushered yearly for the NDTC seasons. Barry – A peacemaker. His cryptic, dry, sense of humour notwithstanding, there was always a kernel of truth with solid advice. It was not about embarrassing anybody. - Karyn
- Alison S
Barry’s spirit will live on through the many students who were fortunate enough to be taught and mentored by him. His spirit will live on in his unmistakable stamp and unique style remaining with the NDTC today. - Judith P
NDTC Family and Friends
To reflect on my 58 years of friendship is not simple. It is a lifetime for many. This is very emotional and the tears that flow don’t always flow out of sadness, but also for the wonderful memories that we shared. They are memories that cannot be made anew. Barry and I met through dance. I can recall when Garth Fagan told me that a new student had turned up to class with the longest legs and the most beautiful feet. I attended class the next day and there was no doubt who this person was. We both said hello and there and then a friendship began, 58 years ago, during which time we have shared many, many wonderful moments. Sometime later, I went off with the Jamaican dancers to Howard University in a production called Sun Over the West Indies. When we returned, Barry was asked to perform in it and that is when our friendship was cemented. We shared most of the lead roles and there was no jealousy between us irrespective of the roles played. I can recall one night, when he paid me $20 to dance the lead role in Sheila Barnett’s Question of Balance. He was very tired at the time so he said, “Bertie, I will pay you $20 to dance the lead for me.” Well I was in my costume before he said ‘dollar’. Twenty dollars was a lot of money in those days. It was still paper money. I remember asking him to stand in the wings and direct me and he said, in his dry dead pan way, “For $20 you are on your own!” Dance was our passion. We danced every day. When I told Barry I was leaving for the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance he said, “You are not leaving me.” g
So, the three of us, Barry, Derrek Williams and I, went off to study. Although we were away, we returned every year to perform in the NDTC Season of Dance. Barry and I also represented Jamaica in the production for the opening of the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Liverpool. During our time in New York, Barry and I shared an apartment and he made it quite clear that he could not cook. Coincidentally, the day I left, he threw a dinner party and guess who catered? Nuh me! Our relationship was like that of siblings and that makes his passing even more difficult to come to terms with. I have had my own health challenges so, to accept his passing is hard. The memories of a brother and friend cause the tears to flow at moments I cannot control. The clouds clear though my friend, like curtains opening and the opening number for the rest of my life will be blessed with the memories of friendship shared with the magnificent soul you are, and I will smile when I remember the things that only we knew. Till then, Barry, I console myself with the assurance that the curtain falls but for a reason. So, dance on my friend, where the light shines perpetually and movement is free. - Bert Rose, Founding Member
I knew Uncle Barry all my life and I have never known anyone as kindhearted and laid-back as he was. He was the ultimate cool – always relaxed and even-tempered, and with the most unique sense of humour. I mean, during his dance classes he would playfully tease his students. He would blurt out the funniest remarks like “where you get dem yam foot from?” He had a way of making people feel comfortable laughing at themselves. I loved all my dance classes, but I especially looked forward to Uncle Barry’s folk class. Anyone who experienced Uncle Barry’s dance classes knows exactly what I mean. His super cool and laid-back manner extended to the stage too. I was always in awe of his effortless strength on stage. I can’t find any other words to describe the way he danced. I don’t remember exactly how old we were when we started selling programs outside the Little Theatre, but myself, my sister Suzie, and all the other NDTC ‘babies’ were there every single night during season, year after year. And when the show was about to begin we would make our way down to the front row to watch. I can still see Uncle Barry so clearly, in dances like Court of Jah, with that huge cape soaring behind him and staff in hand. That was such a commanding role, and I so looked forward to seeing him and Aunt Patsy dance the duet. And in The Crossing! I can’t count how many times I watched that dance since the first time it was performed in 1978, but I know we never missed that dance. No matter where we were in or around the theatre, we made sure we were in the front row just before the curtains opened for The Crossing. Between the NDTC and the School of Dance, and all the various fashion show events, I spent more time with Uncle Barry and his parents, sisters, nieces and nephews than my own blood relatives. They were family to us, truly special people, and I have so many wonderful memories of the time spent with them. Judy, Claudia, Lesly, Debbie – we were all around the same age and we all spent a lot of time at the dance school or at each other’s homes. g
It’s still hard to believe that our beloved Uncle Barry has gone. But he is definitely not gone from our memories. He was a special person with a huge heart, and he touched our lives. His example, his immense talent in dance, fashion and the arts, the way he carried himself through life and in everything he did… THAT stays with us and carries on. May he rest in peace with his family on the other side. - Danielle Requa, mother Barbara, sisters Lois, Claire, Suzanne, and niece Khadija J
Barry Moncrieffe was a brilliant teacher and a dancer’s dancer! In the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s we danced together all over the world in places like Moscow, Kiev, St Petersburg, Germany, Australia, Mexico, Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and here in the United Kingdom. I recall following one particular performance at the famous Sadlers Wells in London, Bert Rose, Barry and myself had to run into our waiting bus to take us back to our hotel to avoid being mobbed by screaming females. Barry’s taste for fashion was remarkable, and I could not keep up with him when he decided to go shopping on Oxford Street. We had so much fun together, and after teaching Summer School in Birmingham, he would stay by me here in London. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. This is truly the sadness of goodbye. But, LOVE leaves a memory no one can steal, and that is a blessing. May his soul Rest In Peace and rise in Glory.
One of my proudest moments in my dance career was the time I got to partner with the phenomenal dance artist Barry Moncrieff, “ No Woman Nuh Cry”- The Rasta Queen. It was a dream come true. I also was privaledged to perform his very first choreographic work for the NDTC. Barry is missed. I will continue to hold him in my heart as a dear loving and supremely generous soul. I know he has his wings now and his love forever radiates to his Earth family. - Denise Francis-Robinson
I am deeply saddened by the news of Barry Moncrieffe’s passing. My heartfelt condolences to the NDTC family and to the Moncrieffe family. Mr. Moncrieffe, as he was affectionately called, was a kind and gentle soul. I have shared quite a few memories with Barry during my years as a member of the NDTC performing family, memories I will always cherish. I will miss you dear friend. As you transitioned from one plane to another may you continue to walk in the light of love and peace. - Gene Carson
We thank you, Uncle Barry, for your generous sharing of your talent as a serene beautiful dancer and through the teaching and mentoring of so many of us students, semi-professional and professional dancers who wanted to be as good as you on the stage. We thank you for also being a good friend and guide with your calm presence. g
- Carlton ‘Jackie’ Guy MBE, CD
Rest In Peace now - and as Prof RN would say, ‘Bless you’. We share our deepest condolences to the family - may you know that he was well-loved and respected, and we wish you peace. Soar, Uncle Barry! You will be sorely missed but your Spirit dances on...With love
Rest Well Dearest Uncle Barry… Until we meet again.
- Arsenio and Carole
- Staci Lee Fowles & Tania Rae Hume
Artistic Director, Ballet Master, Principal Dancer, Dance Teacher, Choreographer, Fashion Model, Fashion Designer, Costume Designer, NDTC Icon & Triple Threat
This is how I will remember you Uncle Barry (see photograph on opposite page), Majestic, a part of my dance journey since I was four years old! I appreciate your gentleness, generosity of spirit, immense artistic talent and humor. My deep condolences, warm hugs and love to the Moncrieffes, the Sutherlands and to my NDTC family. Walk good and tell Grandma Moncrieffe, Prof. and Pansy hi for me! I will miss you very much!
Fondly and widely known as...“Uncle Barry” A Noble Confidant, A Gentleman, and Generous Friend to everyone who knew you. It is with deep regret that we say goodbye to you Uncle Barry. You have been a wonderful presence in all our lives…You were well respected, loved and beloved. You had the listening ear of all the NDTC generations who had the privilege to call on you, or work with you in all your creative capacities. You were Stern when you needed to be, Kind when it was called for, Fun and Hilariously Funny whenever you had the chance, but most of all your generosity of spirit knew no bounds. I remember my late mother (Pansy Hassan) saying to us years ago that you may not have been an Original NDTC Founder/Dancer “ON PAPER”, but YOU WERE in your “Soul” truly “one of us”, and it truly was so.
You are part of Jamaica’s Dance History, NDTC’s History, and thou not blood relation you were part of my family’s history and our Jamaican story. You can NEVER be replaced, and most of all you will NEVER EVER BE FORGOTTEN.
- Rolande Pryce
Barry’s death is a deep and profound loss to the NDTC Family. May our Loving God comfort his Family and us all at this time of loss. Yes he was a Gentle Giant of a Man. His contribution to the Development of the many young talented dancers who were members of the NDTC or even danced for just a season is immeasurable and he will be greatly missed. Barry was loved even when he got miserable with dancers in rehearsals because he was such a perfectionist. g
Barry was one of my EARLIEST FRIENDS, we were friends from I was 5 years old and he was 6 years old in Kindergarten School at Barracks in Spanish Town (1948). He came to school in a Horse Drawn Buggy from Caymanas Estate where his Father was a Senior Overseer. During School Holidays his Father would arrange to transport me and some of his male cousins from Spanish Town to Caymanas Sugar Estate where we fished in the river and rode on Donkeys as we spent time with Barry. At the end of Holidays Barry and his four sisters would visit my house where my Mother, a Nurse and friend of his parents, would administer the usual doses of Castor Oil and Epsom Salts to “Detoxify” all of us, me and my siblings also, to rid us of all the various effects of eating many mangoes and fruits, some with worms, over the Holidays. We were healthy children, full of Vim and Vigour. Barry was a well admired Clothes Designer and he designed and made the Graduation Dress of my first Daughter Karen. Barry was a Genuine Friend to his friends and a loving Brother to his four adoring sisters. He will be missed. May His Soul Rest In Peace and Light perpetual shine upon him as he Choreographs the Dances of Angels. - Howie and Karine and the Cooper Family
The truth is I’m numb and I have so many words, but I find it so hard to find them...I hate goodbyes. What a beautiful human being, in every possible way! Uncle Barry you were everything GREAT! I am blessed to have been taught and mentored by the BEST! Thank you for all that you have done! Thank you for your kindness, love and most of all being an excellent role model and being one amazing UNCLE to sooooo many of us. The memories are endless and as tears fill my eyes while I write this I am grateful for your life and I will treasure all of you forever. Rest well Uncle Barry! We will miss you terribly. Love Always - Natalie Chung
Barry MONCRIEFFE Jamaican Dance ICON. Those Monday morning dance classes @09H00 there was Mr. Moncrieffe...No matter how friendly he was, when it came to dance he was all serious. Yet still he had you laughing at your errors while learning. I know there are loads of Barry dancing solos, duets, group sequences. Yeah he got the ‘Many rivers...’, ‘Court of Jah’ w/Monicia McGowan, ‘Forest Rituals’ w/Arlene Richards, The Solo in ‘Islands’, ‘Sulkari’, CoLead with Denise Francis-Robinson in ‘The Crossing’… Yes!!! I am the child of NDTC in the early 1980s. For me it was his role in the dance ‘Gospel According to...’ This is where he “lyric” the “hell” outta dat music. Dance on Barry, Uncle Barry, Mr. Moncrieffe! - Mark Ramsay
If you really know me, you know that Dance is who I am. There are a few persons who have been instrumental in my dance life, people who have taught me, nurtured me, inspired me, helped me in this lifelong journey of artistic expression. Some of those people have become my people, more than teachers and choreographers but mentors, friends, family... Barry Moncrieffe, aka Uncle Barry... Dancer, Teacher, g Choreographer, Fashion Designer, Former Artistic Director of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) (Jamaica), co -Director for Bimba Dance Theatre (Birmingham, UK)...My emotions right now are all over the place right now. This loss is very very hard, to say goodbye to a man that has been a part of my life for 35 years is not going to be easy. All I can say at this time, while the loss is fresh, is that I am so grateful that I got to be one of the many lives that Uncle Barry touched. - Keita-Marie Chamberlain Clarke
Uncle Barry, your earthly dance has ended, now take a bow for a job well done. My Teacher, Mentor, Artistic Director, Father Figure, Neighbour and Friend, you have touched my life in so many ways. I thank you for all that you have poured into my being. There are so many things that I have learned from you that I will always cherish. Uncle, you have fought a good fight, you held on for as long as the Lord required. Now walk good my dancing angel...walk good...you will be missed...walk good!!! - Kevin Moore
My Deep Condolences to the family and NDTC members, RIP Uncle Barry I going to miss you. - Abeldo Gonzalez Fonseca
Grief in any circumstance is very difficult to articulate. Uncle Barry, thank you for being a part of my life. Thank you for your invaluable mentoring and paving the way for male artists like me to dream, set goals and achieve them. I am truly honoured to know that I was able to dance a role that you embodied with strength, grace and passion. It is through your generous spirit and selfless love, that I am able to confidently express my passion for the arts, performance and service. Your spirit lives on, through me and the countless individuals you have inspired. I will miss going to visit you on my trips to JA for us to catch up...greeted by â&#x20AC;&#x153;David is that you?â&#x20AC;? I will forever cherish those moments. Rest in love. - David Blake
This moment is so profound. I look in vain for anger, fear, sadness and, while there is that sense of loss, there is more profound desire to honour my friend and mentor UNCLE Barry... Uncle Barry is the epitome of light. He nurtured the light in me. I would stand at the bar at NDTC behind him and go across the g
floor with him and dare to be as good as him. He inspired me in his classes. He supported my whims. He and Hilary Philips shepherded me into fashion and modelling. Until recently, when I returned to JA to perform, he would always turn up. Not a man of many words, his look of approval was enough. And even in his sternest moments, you could feel compassion reeking from his spirit. He was my Dance DAD. His light was one of the brighter lanterns that saved me, that stilled me, that put me on this path. No longer a lantern, Uncle Barry has transformed into a star. Beloved Mentor Barrington Moncrieffe, (Uncle Barry) is in ascension. May the Road Rise to Meet you as you dance on... - John Hunt
Rest well our darling Uncle Barry. Thank you for all that you have been and done for us, for Dance, for country. I will never forget how privileged I am to have had you for practically all my life. Dance on in heaven...you are treasured, admired, loved and will be dearly missed. - Alicia Glasgow Gentles
Dear Uncle Barry, You will always live on in my heart. The love, depth of character, unpretentiousness, wit, and honest ambition are values you wore effortlessly. Thank you for nurturing my creative spirit, always challenging and believing, always encouraging and teaching. A true uncle, gracious and kind in your words and ways, your legacy lives on in us all. Thank you a million times for the gift of being nurtured by you for so many years. Love you always. - Stefanie Thomas
I met Barry Moncrieffe when I joined the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) 1n 1978. Back then, I thought he was the most beautiful human image on any dance stage, anywhere. Sadly, he never danced much or for many years longer. He however never left the company and helped in mentoring and training many young dancers, in what was the NDTC technique, not only in the company but also at the school of dance which was founded by the NDTC. It is not by chance that he is referred to as simply â&#x20AC;&#x153;Uncle Barryâ&#x20AC;? by many. He was that avuncular figure that young and not-so-young could depend on for support and advice (not to mention the occasional scolding). Barry and I became fast friends and our friendship lasted up until his death. Sickness may have destroyed your dancer body but it never diminished your spirit, my friend. You have suffered long. Time to take your well deserved rest. Say hi to Professor for me!!! - Carl Bliss
“You see di foot, what happen to that big toe? Why is sticking up?” Those are some of the questions I first got when I started Uncle Barry’s modern class. I’m sorry I didn’t get to say goodbye but I have said a lot of thank yous to this man and that is my fondest memory of you. Always correcting, always encouraging and always sharing a joke. I still teach the exercises that you have taught me and even after your transition, I can still say thank you. My condolences to the family. - Chelcia Creary
There is very little I can say that everyone hasn’t said about Barry. There is little you can do to hold back a tear or from expressing heartfelt stories and memories, so let it flow. Experiencing the loss of a cherished friend takes us on a journey of memories, and there are so many. As we all do go forward and as we reflect I pray that we will all learn from the wonderful qualities of committment, loyalty, gentleness and subtle humor that Barry exemplified. Thank you Barry for giving your gift of dance to all of us. Thank you for sharing your talent with so many dancers worldwide. Thank you for your brave disposition to continue giving despite your illness. Thank you for sharing in the ole talk, and laughter during those well earned moments of pause at rehearsals, so that we can remember you, smile, and say... It’s all good! Rest well my dear brother in dance. Rest well in peaceful sleep. Now it’s your time to dance with the angels as you continue your spiritual journey!
Uncle Barry! I came here and experienced you. Deep cry out to deep and real recognize real. You were a real one Uncle Barry. The only modern dance class that made sense to me here. You weren’t fighting to make it all fit, you were just being real, with grace and humility. A wicked sense of humour. Loved it!!! Made me laugh ALLLLL the time, at myself and others… “Darling” had so many meanings and all of them a delight for me! A real authentic, genuine soul. I cried ugly tears when I heard of your passing and I shall continue to empty my soul for you and the ones you left behind. Dance will miss you! One of the last warriors for the art without pretence and agenda! We will miss you. - Neisha-yen Jones
He was a gentle spirit...master teacher...amazing dancer...may he dance with angels. - Paula Shaw
This comes to me as great shock! I am deeply saddened by the passing of a good, good friend and mentor. I grew up on the NDTC and seeing Barry perform and choreograph. Our paths crossed while I studied art and we became friends. Despite the age difference he was a young soul and encouraged grew my talents and opened many doors for me. Barry volunteered his time to many efforts close to me and those of countless others. I will always remember his quick witted humour, the presence he had both in everyday life and on stage, his g
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sense of style but most of all his friendship. He was loved by everyone in every circle. I am sorry we were out of touch since I moved here to Canada. Rest well my friend and dance in Heaven!
We have lost a talented dancer, choreographer, educator and mentor! Good neighbour, talented designer, and one who was big on family! Sleep in peace Barry. May the angels welcome you into paradise.
- Gawain Bramwell
- Annette Prince-Carey
Great precision and insight. I remember him telling me when you sit in a second position on the floor, when you flex the feet make sure the heels lift off the floor. Lock those knees... sit up straight.
As so many others, I am so sad to hear this news. I will cherish my memories of working with Barry at Jamaica School of Dance. He always put a smile on my face.
- Damion Clarke
- Kathy Bond
I will miss him. He has given us plenty to celebrate though and so many memories. Thank you ‘Uncle Barry’.
You fought with dignity Uncle Barry! - Shelley Stone-Beek
- Lisa Wilson
RIP Barry. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, skills and expertise with us here in the UK and JA. May you have a smooth transition to be with the ancestors. Love always.
Thank you Uncle Barry for being part of my journey. The days you sit me down and say believe and remember to “point yuh yam foot dem” lol. Rest well!!! - Mikhail Morris
- Pauline Anderson ‘Court of Jah’, the first time I saw Barry Moncrieffe dance. Incredible experience, rest pain-free my friend. Much loved memories. - Dorothy Cunningham
Barry Moncrieffe was at the cutting edge of my cultural awaking as a young dancer. His choreography was electrifying, his artistry made you want to dance...thank you for making me want to be the kind of performer who made the audience feel the joy, the love, the pain. - Margaret Ebanks
Condolences to friends, family & NDTC... Jamaica has loss a great one. - Arlene Moseley Campbell
My mentor, my teacher, l learned a lot, you taught me well during my time at the Edna Manley College! Barry RIP.
I giggled my way through his dance classes from all his cheeky comments. I adored him. Thanks for the memories Sir Barry. You created a joyful memory for your dance students.
- Lola Falana
- Ericka Wilson-Dougal
We give thanks for your life and service to our country! We are also grateful to know that you now rest in peace! - Phyllis A. Green
Rest Well Sir. You are remembered with love and respect. Wishes of comfort to his family and friends. - Greta Fowler
Oh no...I hope someone puts his greatness in a documentary to preserve his legacy and Jamaicaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. - Pheonix Rrainne
My Condolences to the family RIP, remember you well from Little Theatre Days. - Jefroy Brown
A great loss to Jamaicaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dance and cultural landscape. Prayers and condolences. - Susan Pitter
“If you’re always trying to be normal, you’ll never know how amazing you can be” - Maya Angelou.
Uncle Barry, you lived and breathed excellence. To us you were near perfect. Rest In Peace sweet soul. - Cleo Walker Smith
Rip Barry Moncrieffe one of the world’s greatest dancer. I’ll definitely miss you. Every year of CFW I’m always excited to what I’ll be wearing. - Latoya Samuels
RIP Barry Moncrieffe AKA Uncle Barry who passed away on Friday. This was the last time we worked together at Caribbean Fashion Week 2017. One of the first designers that I walked for and one of my alltime favourites. - Hector Lincoln
A great loss for Jamaica. RIP Sir - Jacqueline Campbell-Powell
Uncle Barry will be missed so much. I had the privilege of being a student at Edna Manley College and enjoyed his folk classes immensely! Especially the master classes on Fridays with the 4 arts! Those were the days 1985-88 ONE OF HIS FAVORITE SAYING WAS…”Honey!” He was such a jovial tutor. All those who remember say ‘yeah’.
On behalf of the board and staff of Eve for Life accept our condolences as we join with you and the nation to mourn the passing of Barrington ‘Barry’ Moncreiffe, CD, no words can truly sum up the measure of the man. Regards, - Garfeld Robinson, JP, Chairman, Eve for Life
- Janet Henry
My heartfelt condolences to the extended NDTC family and Barry’s family. We’ve lost a treasure, a gem, an icon – a truly beautiful soul. Barry shared his talent & creative gift, beautifully and generously with 100s of students & 100s of 1000s in Jamaica and overseas. - Hilary Nicholson
My condolences to National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) family and friends. We have gained an angel. RIP Uncle Barry - Jamie Thompson
Awww that’s so sad to hear. He was such a kind soul and certainly lived an incredible life full of contributions and memorable gifts! - Shelly Hebert
A true ARTISTE! You have influenced so many over the years and without you my journey as a dancer/performer would have been less impactful, as you taught me how to not only execute dance moves, but to do so with so much passion and precision the audience moves with me. You will be dearly missed. Sleep well Barry Moncrieffe aka ‘Uncle Barry’! - Fabian Clarke
Rest in Power Uncle Barry (Barrington Moncrieffe) ...Educator, Dancer, Choreographer, Artistic Consultant. The Artistic World has lost an indomitable soul early this morning. Barrington Moncrieffe has been a pioneering Jamaican & dancer for more than 55 years. Like The Late Professor Ralston Rex Nettleford, his sheer brilliance embodies the true Afrocentric ideals that are utilized by fellow dancers past and present. - Aundré James
RIP Barry Moncrieffe (Uncle Barry) FLY AWAY HOME TO ZION in the realm where so many others of our dancing ancestors have been creating... As news of your transitioning yesterday morning found my ears, I was forced to think beyond myself, as you did. ALWAYS SO GIVING in everything you do without expectation. You were more than a cultural icon of Jamaica and the Caribbean. You were an inspiration to so many that passed through the studios of (Cultural Training Centre – Jamaica School of Dance) now Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. I was 11 years old when you started teaching me in the Junior Department and your teachings and guidance offered a path into the dance I do. You have shaped a nation and I am grateful to have experienced the magnitude of your spirit, knowledge and teachings.
Rip. Barry. Friend. Neighbour. Confidante. Company. Combolo.
Now at the moon’s edge shadows. Leave all, turning from playground dances into quieter journeys. We all knew the quick splendid affections of this carnival would fade to different faces, tent and field exchanged for the applause of other darker places. So no sadness. Give rooms back to silence. Let the sea repeat unwatched, its long, salt hymn. That moon’s brief white instructs us: own each moment, before the dances and the faces dim. (Dennis Scott: Goodbye Song)
Walk good Uncle Barry, we will continue the dance in your honour, we will teach with your generosity and design with your creativity, cultural sensibility and grace.
- Michael Peter Cooke
- Kevin Ormsby
So saddened by the news of your passing Uncle Barry. Such a sweet, kind man and a great creative you were. You would welcome my elaborate design ideas, go shopping for fabric with my mom and I and custom make my dresses and headpieces even from overseas. Your signature remains with me in your many original pieces I still own in my closet. I am fortunate to have witnessed your creative mind in fashion and dance. Mom and I are praying that your soul rests in peace and for strength for your family during this time. - Maya Deer Troy
Uncle Barry, you have taken your curtain call and danced regally off our stage. I will speak your name with love, tell tales of how you gifted us, commanded stages, commandeered our admiration, a flash of Spirit and our Ancestors in flesh. I will miss your earthly presence, you warm, gracious, witty, talented man, wellspring of laughter and grace. Walk good Uncle Barry, dance on... - Fabian M. Thomas
[Dear NDTC Members] So very sorry to hear about Barry’s passing. I lived in Jamaica from 1976 to 1981 and during that time, not once did I miss an NDTC Season. What a brilliant dancer/choreographer he was. Barry may be gone but he will not be forgotten. - Pearle Christian
The Clay of a brilliant troupe... ‘Switch’ and ‘The Crossing’ embody the best of his many skills. I remember his gentle coaching from words of my teachers of folk history in Jamaica. Jubilation in the other realm now. His memory is a blessing.
Barry Moncrieffe was the epitome of elegance and grace both on and off the stage. A true gentleman, he shared his incredible talent as he trained generations of dancers, professional and otherwise. Who can forget his pathos in Dialogue for Three; his cadence, flow and empathy for historical truths in The Crossing; and his majesty in Court of Jah! His shyness couldn’t quite disguise a biting wit and humour. And such kindness! When I messaged my mother Jean Smith to say that I was getting married in three weeks and needed a wedding dress in ecru lace, Barry trawled the downtown shops to source it, enlisted his wonderful mother to make it and an Air Jamaica stewardess to bring it to Cayman...He went the extra mile for everyone he considered a friend. His warmth and generosity will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace, gentle spirit...and Rise fabulously in Glory! Love and Blessings,
- Karen E. Osborne
For those that only know me for dancehall then this won’t mean much. For those that know my body of work in the dance world you will get this. It is with great sadness that I have to say farewell to a loving soul and a man who showed more love to me in Jamaica than my own family. Barry Moncrieffe, former rehearsal and artistic director of NDTC and womenswear designer. I was introduced to him by one of his best friends and my mentor Jackie Guy OBE, on my first ever trip to Jamaica as a guest dancer for Movements in Jackie’s. Contemporary choreography. I was privileged to work with him and Indra on a dance piece in Birmingham exploring a symbiotic relationship between Jamaican contemporary and bharatanatyam with Keita-Marie Chamberlain Clarke and Patterson Kirk. In this time we lived together and got to properly know each other. This was g
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special because years later when I saved up some money and decided to do my own independent research and visit my grandmotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grave in St. Elizabeth I stayed with Uncle Barry. I ate slept danced travelled the whole of Jamaica and managed to meet and interview loads of amazing people and witness things not even many Jamaicans get to see of themselves and the richness of Jamaican culture through Uncle Barry. I never realised how much are interests were similar to until I stayed over and saw your designs and slept in the living room of masks from your travels around the world. If I get to travel to Jamaica in the near future I doubt Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find anyone else that can match your selfless nature, and I hope to try to be as giving to the world to people you love as you have been to me and countless others. I love you Uncle Barry. But you knew that already. Just letting everyone else know it too.
It is with great sadness that I learnt of the passing of Barry Moncrieffe.
- Alan aka Para Digumz
- Meryl Dunton-Rose
RIP Barry. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, skills and expertise with us here in the UK and JA. May you have a smooth transition to be with the ancestors. Love always
Barry Moncrieffe An Artistic Superstar
- Pauline Anderson
When I was a junior dancer in 1972 I was in awe of his beautiful style and gentle authority. It was many years later at the end of the 90s, I think that I met him again at a small village hall in the wilds of West Dorset where he was taking a touring NDTC company. It was so lovely to chat and catch up on some of the dancers I remembered so well. Many fond memories and my commiserations to all dancers past, present and future. To all his family my heartfelt condolences.
I wish to pay a tribute of respect to the late National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) dance pioneer and choreographer, Barry Moncrieffe, who died at age 78, and who, like his mentor and co-founder of the NDTC, the late Professor Rex Nettleford, used his considerable talent to inspire countless generations of NDTC dancers to achieving excellence in their craft within and beyond the shores of Jamaica. Beyond his amazing star-studded capacity to use dance and its artistic expressions as a means of communicating the rhythmic dimensions of Caribbean cultural norms, Barry was able to utilise his choreographic skills to tell the story of love, romance, conflict, endurance and g
excellence that characterises the Caribbean’s cultural history of redemption. He did all this with the confident identity of a Caribbean person capable of laughter, humour, the gift of encouragement, and, in the words of one of his former students, “the biggest heart”. In this artistic endeavour, the stage was Barry’s grand piano where he exhibited the technical demands of his signature jumps and turns, and celebrated his virtuosity, depth and intensity as a dancer par excellence. He could dance en pointe, and was admired even in later life for his gravity-defying leaps. Artistic Superstar Most important is the fact that we say goodbye to one of our truly outstanding artistic superstars who excelled in his craft locally, regionally and internationally precisely because he was able to master the mental coordination necessary on the part of all of us to make the journey throughout the 21st century a safe and productive one. Without a doubt, Barry Moncrieffe has taken his leave of us knowing the critical role that the creative imagination must inevitably play in taking a country like ours forward. For this he has my total respect, and may he forever remain in our memories. - Everton Pryce
I was aware the news would be coming soon, but nevertheless, I was deeply saddened when Glen Case called to tell me Barry had died. In 1969 at the age of 19 I was introduced to the inner circle of brilliant personalities of the NDTC. Barry was the dazzling star among them and became a dear friend and role model to me. Many evenings were spent at Collins Green Avenue playing Pokeno, and what a thrill it was to run an errand with Barry in his sleek yellow MG. Thanks to Barry, I experienced my first trip abroad, to New York City in 1971. Barry, Bert and I stayed at Norma’s, and I got my first taste of big city life. Later that year I went to art school in Toronto, and since then have made my home here. Over the years, Barry remained a true friend and I have enjoyed seeing him on his trips to Toronto and whenever I came back home to Jamaica. Thanks to Glen, we spent a brief but sweet visit with him last July. Barry was a beautiful man, physically imposing with a great sense of style, but completely unpretentious. He was extremely kind and loving to his friends and to those whom he taught and mentored. Barry’s excellence in dance and design is legendary; he attained the highest standards in those fields. And that dry, sharp wit. Oh how he made us laugh. With tons of love. - Bruce Jones
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The School of Dance Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) School of Dance wishes to express heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Barrington â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Barryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Moncrieffe and past and present members of the National Dance Dance Theatre Company. It was no surprise that Mr. Moncrieffe rose to prominence in dance and distinguished himself as one of the finest artists in the region and world. He exemplified commitment, passion, compassion and kindness in all that he did. His personality and laughter were infectious and he brought joy to everyone he met, especially the students he helped to mould at the School of Dance for many years. As a graduate himself of the School of Dance his teaching came from a place of knowing and each class was an opportunity for him to give back what he had learned in his early years in formal training. He was a delightful teacher who made all feel welcome and comfortable in his midst. Dance was for all and he shared his penchant for dance with students from across the campus and those who flocked to his capacity filled leisure classes in the evening. To have been taught by the great Barry Moncrieffe was to have a feather in your hat and a renewed love for dance. He led a class like no other and his quick wit and humour disarmed you and put you at ease. Dance was who he was and one of the major things in his life that he knew well and up to his retirement due to illness the classroom was where he shared his love for the art form and people.
The School of Dance will sorely miss this great teacher, mentor and role model. He will live on in the hundreds of students who were blessed to be in his class and to have shared in his immense knowledge. He was an icon within the classroom and on the stage; and as a human being he was exceptional and beyond reproach. Continue dancing Uncle Barry and bring your joy amongst the angels where you rest. Rest in peace and may light perpetual shine on you. Between the NDTC and the School of Dance, and all the various fashion show events, I spent more time with Uncle Barry and his parents, sisters, nieces and nephews than my own blood relatives. They were family to us, truly special - School of Dance Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA)
The University Singers The University Singers joins with our National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) family and the wider dance fraternity in expressing deep regret at the passing of former Artistic Director of the NDTC, Barrington “Barry” Moncrieffe. He served the NDTC with distinction in various capacities for over five decades, and gave of his talents selflessly to the benefit of the wider cultural landscape of this country. Through the collaboration with The University Singers and the NDTC over many years, we had the privilege of sharing a relationship with ‘Uncle Barry’, as we knew him, which was always characterized by warmth, kindness and gracious support of our endeavours. His contribution to the choir in the area of costume design was always appreciated, and added a special touch to our performances. During his tenure as Artistic Director of the NDTC, Barry Moncrieffe maintained the close association with The University Singers, following the passing of his predecessor, Prof. Rex Nettleford. He believed in the importance of the collaboration between both groups, and we are committed to the continuation of that legacy. In reflecting on Moncrieffe’s passing, Musical Director of The University Singers, Franklin Halliburton shares: “Barry Moncrieffe was a gentle soul who supported all our artistic endeavours and always had a kind word of encouragement for us. He actively contributed to our product by lending his creative designs to our wardrobe and also by attending our various performances. Jamaica has lost another
icon. However, we are comforted to know that he has joined his dear friends Rex and Dex in the cosmos, as they dance and make heavenly music together in what must be a joyful reunion. Our condolences go out to his immediate family in this difficult time of bereavement. To current Artistic Director Marlon D. Simms and the wider NDTC family, we pledge our continued and unwavering support, as the nation mourns the loss of this great son of the soil.” May his soul rest in peace, and light perpetual shine on him. - The University Singers University of the West Indies, Mona
[Dear NDTC Family] The Arabesk Dance Collective would like to extend our condolences on the passing of your former Artistic Director Barry Moncrieffe. Uncle Barry was a warm and gentle spirit who made a great impact on myself personally as a teen at the Jamaica School of Dance Junior Department and to our family including my brother Kirk Patterson (London) who sends his condolences as well. Arabesk Dance Collective takes pride in supporting the NDTC in whichever way possible as you try to cope with this loss. We have all been blessed to be in the company of such a talent over the years. Warm wishes, - Kyisha Patterson Scott Artistic Director, Arabesk Dance Collective (ADC)
Synergy Movements expresses deep condolences to National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), the people of Jamaica and the Caribbean. He was a mighty force and voice for the arts. He also taught our director, Marcia Jeffers during her time at Edna Manley College. - Synergy Movements
Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) and family of Barrington ‘Barry’ Moncrieffe – dancer, choreographer and former Artistic Director. His dedication to the arts and his contributions to our cultural community will be remembered. - Something Positive Inc.
The Honourable Olivia Grange, CD, MP Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has expressed sadness at the passing of the dancer and choreographer, Barry Moncrieffe. Minister Grange said he was “one of the finest male dancers we’ll ever see.” In a tribute this evening, Minister Grange said: “I am very sad to receive news of Barry Moncrieffe’s passing, only a few weeks after we celebrated his 78th birthday at the end of December. Uncle Barry, as many of us called him, was one of the foremost figures in dance in Jamaica. He gave 55 years of unbroken service to the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica through various roles as dancer, choreographer and artistic director. He was a central figure in establishing and developing the artistic style and sustainability of the company.
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Barry Moncrieffe also served as an outstanding dance teacher at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts; and has been a role model for and an inspiration to several of Jamaica’s outstanding dancers. He was also involved in the fashion industry and was famous for mixing black, white and red to create stunning pieces. Barry Moncrieffe served well and we will miss him. I offer sincerest condolences to his family, his friends and his colleagues.” Barry Moncrieffe has been honoured with the Musgrave Silver award by the Institute of Jamaica and was conferred with the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander. - Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport
My condolences to the NDTC family on the passing of Barry Moncrieffe. Uncle Barry will be remembered as an icon in the creative/artistic world. His work with Professor Nettleford and other dance icons to establish, document and give national and global legitimacy to our cultural dances will never be forgotten. His contribution to Edna Manley and the development of our creative and artistic students nationally and regionally will live on! May his soul rest in peace. Regards, The Honorable Alando N Terrelonge, MP State Minister, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information
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