Revival Concert: Re-awakening the Caribbean Spirit

18th March 2012 to 18th March 2012 18:00 - 21:00

UPDATE: Parking for this event will be in the Student and Visitors’ Parking Lot (the old Trinidad Government Railway near U-Wee Doubles).  Access to the lot is easiest from the UWI main entrance on Circular Road.  Shuttles will run from the parking lot to Scherzando pan yard from 5pm.

Event Synopsis

The Convois kicks off on Sunday, March 18 with a concert entitled “Re-awakening the Caribbean Spirit” featuring 3Canal, Raf Robertson, Curepe Scherzando steelband and the Freetown Collective, among others. Artistic direction is by Rawle Gibbons, with production and choreography by Jorge Morejon.

PARTNERS: Scherzando Steelband, Department of Creative & Festival Arts, UWI

With Drink and Snacks.

Full lineup includes:

  • 3 Canal
  • Ella Andall
  • Relator
  • Raf Robertson
  • Muhammad Muwakil and Freetown Collective
  • Pearl Eintou Springer and Idakeda
  • Festival Dance Ensemble
  • Arts-in-Action
  • Karina Community
  • Chibale
  • Laurie Andall
  • Scherzando Steel Orchestra

Prices are stated in USD.

TT Ticket Price for this event is $150TT (offline payments only).

If you wish to reserve a position and pay offline, please download and bring the receipt with you to the Institute at 91C Tunapuna Road, Tunapuna or to the event on the day itself.

We will also accept cash (US and TT) and personal cheque (payable to Lloyd Best Institute of the West Indies) at the door of the events.  Please bring with you your receipt.

If you have any issues or questions please email us at (preferable) or call the Institute on 663-5463 or 662-9023, Candace on 376-7086 or Carol on 362-1483.

We’re using a conversion rate of US1.00 = $TT6.35.

Please read our Consent Agreement before confirming registration.

Full Event Programme

Will our present become one of those historical moments when Caribbean people have taken decisive action in shaping the future of their region? This, essentially, is the question of the Common Sense Convois. In this opening production, our intent is at once invitational and invocatory – to ignite the immediate with memory. We treat with both dimensions through themes of Resistance, Communities-in-Diversity, Creativity and Celebration. That the panyard is itself a resolution of these forces was long recognized by Lloyd Best. It was here, at Scherzando Pan Theatre in 1995, that he offered his most common- sense of propositions: ‘Schools in Pan’(Review ref).

To ‘Re-awaken the Caribbean Spirit’, we begin an ancestral journey to the First Peoples of the region. Their Smoke Ceremony provides a doorway through which we all symbolically re-enter, as equals, the landscape of Spirit. Their warrior-chief Hyarima recounts, through the words of poet Eintou Springer, his people’s war against Spanish invasion and appropriation of their lands. After three centuries of enslavement, murder and forced labour, the climax in the Caribbean people’s struggle for freedom would come when Haiti’s enslaved African population broke their chains in 1791, killed the plantation-owners and successfully repelled the armies of France, Spain and Britain, to become independent in 1804. Haiti’s epic history remains inextinguishable in the Caribbean imagination largely due to the work of our writers – CLR James, Aime Cesaire, George Lamming, Derek Walcott. The beginning of that Revolution in Boukman’s Vodun ceremony at Bois Caiman in August 1791, is here incarnated from Walcott’s ‘Drum and Colours’.

Left largely to our own devices after Emancipation, Caribbean people have managed somehow to forge bonds, build families and communities across cultures, race and space. This remarkable and challenging  process, Raf Robertson interrogates in his composition, ‘Optimism’.This process is, in fact, the source of much of the energy of creative art and the creative intellect of Caribbean people.  Just listen to our Warriors of the Word: calypsonian Relator, ‘speech-ist’ Laurie Andall, shantwelles 3 Canal and spoken-word artists Freetown Collective – the voice of youth, looking at our past from the perspective of tomorrow.

Whatever our present predicaments and the ways in which we’ve allowed ourselves to be ‘governed’, Caribbean culture is irrepressibly participatory. Invoking the words of Lloyd Best, voiced by Marcia Riley, we open our performance to all who may wish to move, to sing, to speak, to play, to make, in any individual way, a mark.

Fanned by performances of ourselves, the smoke through which we entered, then flames into the spirit of Love Caribbean, which Priestess Ella invites us all to feel, embrace and celebrate. It is the only Spirit that can cleanse the past and sustain us for the task ahead.

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