The designs will not only embody that unique chemistry of traditional 'mas’ but will intermix scale with kinetics; intertwine storytelling with dance, poetry and spoken word. The presentation, “The Waters – Seas of Consciousness” represents the evolution of “Me, Myself and I”, with gulfs, rivers and seas, each wading us through the flow of life. Costumes and designs will be executed under the guidance and expertise of 3Canal (mentors), Robert Frederick (costume engineer, former member of the Callaloo Company) and Geraldo Vieira (legendary veteran and innovator in mas engineering and costume design). THE MOOD OF WATER...Understanding the costumes: The costumes have been designed to create “a sort of living canvas”. In this way, the masqueraders are invited to become characters in this living work of art. Within the band there are three clusters.
Each cluster represents a different temperament or mood of water. Internally, theses clusters are known as “Structural Plates” (the costumes within this group are more architectural, denoting the rough, undulating yet yielding nature of water), “The Halycon” (the costumes within this group are more fluid in design denoting the serene nature of water) and “Sheer Madness” (the costumes within this group are made from mesh and a peek-a-boo of beading and pattern, representing the transparent nature of water). Together these clusters portray the mood for each waterway and simultaneously create a kaleidoscope of color at ground level. The backpacks or what we internally define as “ the wavers” have been purposely used to give theses costumes volume, scale and movement.
The intention is to create an oceanic feel/ an ethereal flood from an aerial view. As our backpacks “dingolay” in the Caribbean breeze they will create the tossing, turning and undulating motion of waves. For 2012 “The Waters” will take you on a psychological journey. Through this story the onlooker and masquerader will re-live the naivety that he/she experienced at as a child. But as the story develops, both the masquerader and onlooker will eventually move towards the “ I AM” – vis-à-vis, I am consciousness of who I am; and I revel in the person I have become. This year the story of “The Waters – Seas of Consciousness” will be told at Sauté Trinbago.