DARA HEALY, director of Zante Carnival and Theatre Camp and founder of the NGO Indigenous Creative Arts Network (ICAN), feels that there is so much negativity against TT’s Carnival. Healy is also a Newsday columnist.
She wants young people to understand that TT’s Carnival “has value that is beyond what is seen in the media” and beyond “the promotion of pretty mas.” She wants them to also understand that TT’s traditional characters have a story/worth and that it came out of a particular kind of experience.
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FOR its latest concert, Los Alumnos de San Juan will take a novel step forward with the staging of a full-fledged parang folk drama at the Central Bank Auditorium in Port of Spain.
Led by Wayne Jagdeo, pioneer of pan in parang, Los Alumnos de San Juan, is also a platform for stellar performances by famed lead singer Alicia Jaggasar; this concert will be history in the making for the nine-time champions of the National Parang Association (NPATT) competition.
For the presentation of the drama, titled The Parrandero and His Wife, Los Alumnos has partnered with poet and playwright Pearl Eintou Springer, who has written the script and will direct this excursion into parang musical theatre.
The October 21 concert, starting at 6 pm, will showcase Los Alumnos de San Juan’s outstanding command of traditional parang, Latin songs, and soca parang.
National-award recipient Springer will bring to the event a distinguished reputation that includes her annual Carnival Friday Kambule street theatre and popular plays such as the Emancipation drama, Freedom Morning Come, and Hyarima.
The Parrandero and His Wife will feature actors Shanya Springer, Emmanuel Ansolia and Soga Somorin.
Making use of humour and sharing information about parang, The Parrandero and his Wife explores the tension between a man and his wife as the parang season approaches. On show will be the full repertoire of parang, and Latin musical forms, from the traditional to the innovative.
Patois, Steelpan, East Indian, African and First People rhythms … All these and more are part of the play ‘Harmony in Diversity’, written and directed by Eintou Springer. The play was originally showcased in St. Kitts & Nevis in 2000 as this country’s presentation for Carifesta. In 2018, Idakeda is reviving the play to share with the national public and across the tourism industry.
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As we seek new ways to energise other industries to lessen our dependence on the energy sector, Harmony in Diversity presents us with an opportunity to showcase wholesome entertainment for the entire family, while celebrating our complex mix of cultures and heritage.
Keep checking this space for information about where you will be able to see performances of Harmony in Diversity!
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