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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New Band Alert - K2K Presents "The Waters"

The Company ("K2K") acts as a medium to explore creative work, specifically Carnival “mas” design. K2K embraces artists, performers and craftspeople that share our dream that the mas-man is a storyteller and the masquerader is the actor who brings the story to life.

The brand is a contemporary, edgy, fashion-forward product. K2K represents not only the future but attempts to preserve some element of traditional Trinidadian “mas” design and concept through the incorporation of storytelling and unique designs. K2K originated from the desire to fill a gap in the Carnival market.

The designs are meant to be sophisticated, glamorous and chic and cater to the masquerader who is looking to be part of a bigger story; a moving canvas of artistic expression. Although the theme of the costumes change each year, K2K’s inspiration will incorporate fashion concepts from icons throughout the ages. Each piece /costume is expertly constructed to ensure that the masquerader feels comfortable yet stylish and powerful. A K2K PRODUCTION For 2012 another dimension of mas will come alive. Mas will be expressed as a contemporary art form, represented as a moving artistic installation. This year, mas and fashion collide on the Sauté Trinbago Stage for K2K's band launch.

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.  

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Online and In House General Registration for YUMA Begins Today

Phase three of YUMA's Carnival 2012 registration process starts today and I have to say it has been  interesting in that it is an attempt of the fairest possible method to ensure that all potential  YUMA masqueraders get the costume of their choice.  

Each phase made sure that all costumes in all sections were available as quotas were given and when that was reached the section was effectively "sold out" for that phase. So Committee Registration had a quota, Past Masqueraders had a quota leaving behind all remaining costumes for online and open registration which starts TODAY for EVERYONE at 2PM ONLINE and at the Mas Camp 

Could this be a trend that other bands adopt? Well we will see. I am sure that each phase the amount of costumes available are not equal, I would think that even though ALL sections are open for General Registration that it would be naive to think the popular sections have unlimited numbers available so if you know you want one of what might only be a few costumes left head down to the mas camp early or be quickest online! I will be checking to see which sections are sold out and how fast, good luck to all registering today.

By the way if you are headed to the Mas Camp please note the new ONE WAY only traffic rules for Maraval Road and Alcazar Street, the red arrows show the ONE WAY direction on those streets:

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