An extract of the Eintou Springer play ‘Hyarima' was showcased before a large and appreciative audience at the opening of the 2012 Common Sense Convois entitled ‘Re-Awakening the Spirit of the Caribbean'. The extract featured Brendon La Caille in the role of Hyarima supported by the Chibale Drumming Ensemble, dancer Dara Healy and the Festival Dance Ensemble. The Hyarima production was part of a uniquely styled ‘moving' concert on different stages, in honour of Lloyd Best and the opening of a week of discussions on his legacy.
The ‘Re-Awakening' event took place as part of the Common Sense Convois, conceptualised and managed by noted regional playwright and director, Rawle Gibbons. As Mr. Gibbons describes it:
"Re-Awakening the Spirit of the Caribbean represents a movement towards reclaiming our
Caribbean space. We acknowledge that so far we have not done so well, and in this
presentation, we are seeking to re-commit ourselves to redefining where we wish to be as people of this region…"
The dynamic interactive show was directed by Marvin George of the UWI Centre for Creative and Festival Arts and Jorge Morejón of Cuba. The mixture of performance and audience workshop featured Three Canal, Muhammad Muwakil and the Freetown Collective, Actress and Songstress Camille Quamina, members of the Festival Dance Ensemble, Lord Relator, original music by Raf Robertson and the powerful voice of Ella Andall.
Significantly, the entire Commemoration began with a traditional smoke ceremony in tribute to our Amerindian ancestors. Cristo Adonis, Spiritual Elder of the Karina peoples of Arima, blessed the proceedings as he symbolically shared the smoke from the coal pot over the heads of the audience members who had gathered at the entrance to witness this ancient ritual.
We say thank you to Rawle for including us in this historic event and to our fellow artistes who helped to make this event the magical occasion that it was.
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