Eintou Pearl Springer received an extended standing ovation for her latest work "Seeking the Source of Rivers", a tribute to Trinidad and Tobago Master Artist Leroy Clarke.
The show, a dramatic interpretation of Clarke's work, was presented before an appreciative audience at the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago last week, after many long and grueling hours of rehearsals and practice. The Auditorium was filled with a wide range of theatre lovers, academics, artists, performers and activists who remained spellbound throughout the production.
The Master Artist, whose life and work are being celebrated this year by his peers and the national community in honour of his 70th birthday, came on stage at the end of the production, his eyes shining with tears of appreciation. Others in the audience were seen openly crying during the curtain call.
"Seeking the Source of Rivers" was Eintou's interpretation of Clarke's entire body of work, all his writings – set to dance, music, song and drama. Says Dr. Yvonne Bobb-Smith, Educator, Counselor, Consultant and friend …
"It was really impressive how you weaved the religious/mysterious and secular to tell the story; and it was very well executed. I hope that someday your work could become more widespread here and in the region. Yes I had to hold on to a feeling I got from taking in your competence in this art; and your understanding of Black culture- the reflections of jazz and rap in those conversations the lead players did. I say 'lead', as a loose way of identifying, as I felt each character was a leader, to the point that I had this illusion of a larger cast."
There are plans to stage "Seeking…" again, to ensure more people are afforded the opportunity to view this new, original and highly acclaimed work.
In the meantime, we at Idakeda extend our warmest thanks to the cast, crew and technical team who worked so very hard to make the show a success.
Ashe Ashe Ashe!