Among the most memorable acts in recent and contemporary Caribbean theatre is a theatrical innovation out of Guyana known as Dem Two.
Arts On Sunday In addition to the re-introduction of the Edgar Mittelholzer Lectures with a presentation on distinguished artist and scholar Denis Williams, there were two recent events of note which highlighted the work and contributions to academic and cultural enlightenment of two more scholars.
Arts On Sunday AJ Seymour started the prestigious Edgar Mittelholzer Lecture Series in 1976 with a narrative of how he received a visit from the ghost of Mittelholzer which gave him much insight into the man and his work.
Arts On Sunday We have already made reference to the fading away or the dilution of African culture in Guyana and the Caribbean.
Arts On Sunday In spite of the many erosions, intrusions, dilutions, discouragement and disappearance, contemporary Caribbean societies can celebrate several African cultural forms and social traditions.
Arts On Sunday However, of major importance is what remains in the communities, the culture and the minds of the people.
Arts On Sunday The troubled Trinidadian poet Eric Roache was seriously tormented by the gathering dark clouds of Black Power in 1970 and the new emerging poets in the Caribbean “wallowing in the murky waters of race and slavery” (Roache killed himself in 1974).
Arts on Sunday (Continued from last week) Michael Jackson rocketed into a celebrity kingship and deified empire as an impressionable youth.
The ‘Peter Pan’ of musicAs the astonished world mourns Michael Jackson the work of two pastoral writers and a bit of Freudian analysis can help to understand the complexities of an extraordinary talent and how the manner of his early death was in a way the final articulation of a highly celebratory but curiously tragic life.
Literature Al Creighton Evelyn O’Callaghan writes in the Editorial of the Journal of West Indian Literature (JWIL) Vol.15, Nos 1&2, November 2006, a Festschrift in honour of Eddie Baugh, that in 2006 “.
Al Creighton’s Arts On Sunday During the year 2009 the University of Guyana is celebrating the work of two of the foremost Guyanese and West Indian writers: Edgar Mittelholzer and Wilson Harris.
A new enterprise in the arts Apsara is a new enterprise in its second year of operation in the business of the arts, dance and publishing as well as other cultural endeavours.
Arts on Sunday Although that might evoke quite a nice laugh, it is neither as laughable, as farfetched or as unlikely as it sounds.
The Theatre Guild’s problems are not yet overIn 2004 ‘Arts on Sunday’ in the Sunday Stabroek carried a virtual SOS for the rescue of the Theatre Guild whose Playhouse and adjoining buildings were in a state of serious disrepair and seemed about to collapse.
Arts on Sunday “On Thursday the 6 of Februarie in the yeare 1595, we departed England, and the sunday following had sight of the North cape of Spayne, the winde for the most part continuing prosperous; wee passed in sight of the Burlings and the rocke, and so onwards for the Canaries and fell with Fuerte ventura the 17 of the same moneth… “The empire of Gviana is directly east from Peru towards the sea, and lieth under the equinoctial line; and it hath more abundance of gold than any part of Peru, and as many or more great cities than ever Peru had when it flourished most.” Those are the very first words written in Guyanese literature, and they are taken from the first work in Guyanese literature, The Discoverie of the Large, Rich and Bewtiful Empyre of Gviana; a Relation of the great and golden CITY OF MANOA , which the Spaniards call EL DORADO, and the PROVINCES of EMIRIA, AMARAIA, AMAPAIA, and other Countries with their rivers adjoining.
There have been some complaints about the very popular Radika Invasion, the latest in a long line of productions in Guyana featuring chutney-soca performers from Trinidad.
Milton Hatoum’s multicultural Amazon This week Arts on Sunday takes a brief look at one aspect of contemporary Brazilian literature.
Nrityageet 30: A varied programmeOne of Guyana’s most prominent annual dance productions celebrated its “30th Anniver-sary Performance” at the National Cultural Centre last week in commemoration of Indian Arrival Day.
Al Creighton’s (Arts on Sunday) Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo held a conference last week with a wide range of officials and practitioners in the country’s tourism sector, tourism industry and in some areas of culture at the Convention Centre in Lilliendaal.
The West Indian Literature Conference: ‘Quiet Revolutions’Most of the leading critics and several scholars in the field of Caribbean literature will assemble in Guyana this week for an international conference on West Indian literature hosted by the University of Guyana.
The performance tradition of Ramlila returned to Guyana with last week’s production by the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha at the National Cultural Centre.
Mrs Jagan: An evergreen interest in the artsArt requires talent – real talent and not mere literacy in any medium.
Arts on Sunday Satire has been a major part of western theatre from the beginning of its history when European drama developed in ancient Greece.
Carnival: undergoing changeThe January/February edition is usually the carnival issue of the magazine Caribbean Beat produced by MEP for Caribbean Airlines and edited by Judy Raymond.
Three scientists and literature In 2009 the world is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, who, rather like Galileo and Sigmund Freud, is one of the most influential names in the history of scientific discovery.
The year 2009 has seen the very important return of The Link Show to the Guyanese stage.
It’s carnival season T he year 2009 is one of those when the calendar conspires to have a clash of dates in three countries very close to each other in the Caribbean-South America carnival belt, so that tomorrow the festival will be at its peak in all three of them.
The spirit of the ageI’ve studied, alas, philosophy, Law and medicine, recto and verso, And how I regret it, theology also, Oh God, how hard I’ve slaved away, With what result?
A successful production?What is a successful theatrical production? In what ways is success measured?
The colour of truth What colour is truth? There have been countless attempts to define it in various academic fields and philosophies without arriving at anything conclusive and always seeming to agree that as an abstract concept its dimensions and definitions are inexhaustible.
Harold Pinter: The renewer of English drama in the 20th centuryAt the end of the year 2008 Britain mourned at the death of one of the most dominant and influential English playwrights of the contemporary era.
‘Dark novel’ Twenty-one years after it was first published and twenty years after it began to receive unending world critical acclaim, a book “universally acknowledged” as one of the foremost novels in contemporary literature written by one of the world’s most celebrated authors was yet again highlighted on centre stage before an international audience.
Omeros returns to the spotlight Derek Walcott’s exceptional 300-page poem, Omeros, which received immediate universal acclaim as soon as it was released some 18 years ago, returned to the world spotlight yet again recently.
Why re-celebrate Martin Carter? Last week we highlighted contributions to the celebration of the life and work of Martin Carter and to the rememberance of the poet.
Celebrating Martin CarterCastellani House has a very distinguished history. It was named after an architect from colonial times who was a quintessential artist, leaving his exceptional marks of distinction as monuments in Guyana’s history and architecture.
Religion and theatre still interact dynamically Even now, after so much has developed and so much has been said about it, the close inter-relationship between theatre and religious ritual remains an interesting subject.
‘All walls crumble where art is concerned’ As a part of their diplomatic strategy it is common practice for nations to maintain cultural outreach activities in foreign countries with which they have relations.
‘Season 29’ Guyana’s National Dance Company celebrated its Dance Season 2008 with a programme that it called ‘Season 29 – Theme and Variations’ at the National Cultural Centre.
Kanyadaam: Statements on various issues A considerable amount of attention is being paid at the present time to the problems of domestic violence and domestic abuse.
A more expository than experimental production One of the important developments in Caribbean drama in the middle of the twentieth century was a phenomenon called the ‘theatre of the backyard’ and sometimes ‘yard theatre.’ Another ‘yard theatre’ emerged in Jamaica between 1968 and 1970, but that was an entirely different movement.
David de Caires: a true connoisseur of the arts So jail me quickly, clang the illiterate door If freedom writes no happier alphabet.
Personal odyssey Among the most recent new books of poetry is In a Boston Night poems by Guyanese poet and fiction writer Sasenarine Persaud, published by TSAR in Canada in 2008. It was one of the many launched in Georgetown in August during Carifesta’s book fair.
Reconnection of a theatre and a play When Moon on A Rain-bow Shawl returns to the Theatre Guild of Guyana’s Play-house in Kingston on November 7, it will be a rewarding reconnection between the oldest and most established theatre in Guyana and one of the most established foundation plays of the West Indies.
Poui accepts Simmons-McDonald’s burnt offerings The editors of Poui, the Cave Hill Literary Annual, “are happy to see that so many of our regular contributors continue to send us work” while at the same time they feel “it is good to find a number of new voices”.
Poui introduces poet Richard Allsopp One of the many significant features of Poui, the Cave Hill Literary Annual, is that one can always look forward to its introduction of noteworthy new writers.
‘My life, my country’ There exists a slim, neat volume of some fifty pages, unobtrusive and unheralded, whose worth is several times more than its unassuming appearance and deserving of much more attention than it has ever been given.
So was Carifesta X worth the effort? Carifesta X is already fading from the headlines but it will take a much longer time before it begins to show any signs of fading from memory.
Was Carifesta worth the effort and expense? Among the most memorable features of Carifesta X in Guyana were the interventions of the major writers, and, generally, that is how it should be.
The Pre-Carifesta programme has paid off As the Tenth Caribbean Festival of the Arts gets into full stride, the public awareness campaign in Guyana seems to have already begun to show some positive returns.
‘One people’ Wan one tree so many leaves one tree one river so many creeks all are going to one sea one head so many thoughts thoughts among which one good one must be one God so many ways of worshipping but one Father one Suriname so many hair types so many skin colours so many tongues one people Robin DobruTo be described as Janus-faced is no compliment.