Dance Season 36 – well ‘E-majin-ed’

The National Dance Company of Guyana, in the performance of ‘E-Majin,’ for Dance Season 36, directed and choreographed by Vivienne Daniel, celebrated not only a product of 36 years of dance in Guyana, but demonstrated dance as a work of the imagination.

Auden: Poetry and politics

Sonnets from China XVI (sometimes titled The Embassy) As evening fell the day’s oppression lifted; Far peaks came into focus; it had rained; Across wide lawns and cultured flowers drifted The conversation of the highly trained Two gardeners watched them pass and priced their shoes; A chauffer waited, reading in the drive, For them to finish their exchange of views; It seemed a picture of the private life.

Kanaima: fear, lore and literature

Kanaima / Tiger (for Richard and David)   In the darkest middle of the rubber walk where the interweave of overhanging branches was thick above the road, the four schoolboys walking home (loitering in the roadside bush, collecting shiny rubber seeds in their wooden pods) suddenly stopped – movement, talk, breath, all stopped: for there in the road, yards ahead, stood a black tiger.

Carifesta in Haiti

(Continued from last week) As we continue to focus on Carifesta XII which was held in Port au Prince, Haiti, from August 21-30 and closed its curtains exactly one week ago, we find ourselves still confronting the persistent and overriding significance of Haiti as a venue for this Caribbean festival.

Contrasting images from Carifesta in Haiti

President Martelly of Haiti speaking at the Grand Opening of Carifesta XII in Port Au Prince declared that there are two Haitis: “the Haiti that CNN talks about and the Haiti that we know.”  The curtains will come down to close the Twelfth Caribbean Festival of the Arts this evening at the Kiosk – a version of the Greek styled open air auditorium – and by this time different faces of the host country will have uncovered themselves.

Themes on Emancipation

1st of August, 1838 ‘O ye first of August freed men who now liberty enjoy Salute the day and shout hurrah to Queen Victoria; On this glad day the galling chains of slavery were broke From off the necks of Afric’s sons who bled beneath its yoke.

Guyanese art

What is Guyanese Art? To what extent can this be answered by the exhibition ‘Abs-tract Art in the National Collection currently on show at the National Gallery, Castellani House?

Demerara Gold: A dramatic monologue

There are several ways in which theatre education in Guyana in its widest context has been broadening its scope and attempting to achieve greater depth at a national level.

Of risings and uprisings

Easter 1916   I I have met them at close of day Coming with vivid faces From counter or desk among grey Eighteenth-century houses.

Porphyria’s Lover

The rain set early in to-night,                 The sullen wind was soon awake, It tore the elm-tops down for spite,                 And did its worst to vex the lake:                 I listened with heart fit to break.

Olive Senior has advanced women’s issues in literature

Colonial Girls School for Marlene Smith MacLeish   Borrowed images willed our skins pale muffled our laughter lowered our voices let out our hems dekinked our hair denied our sex in gym tunics and bloomers harnessed our voices to madrigals and genteel airs yoked our minds to declensions in Latin and the language of Shakespeare

High farce and low in Link Show 31

– Madhoo-Nascimento and Robinson maintaining Caribbean satirical tradition

Link Show 31 continues its historical run as the most significant achievement in Guyanese theatre.

Distinguished lecture series seeks to emphasise wider context of Mashramani

The annual Republic of Guyana Distinguished Lecture Series, established in 2011, continued last week with a lecture that provided, as has been the intention, an opportunity for intellectual engagement with concepts that define Guyana as a nation as a part of the celebration of Mashramani and the anniversary of Republicanism.

GT&T and the Ministry of Culture: Realising a dream

(Alim A Hosein is Dean of Education and Humanities at the University of Guyana; a linguist, artist, literary and art critic; Convenor of the Guyana Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition; Member of the Management Committee of the Guyana Prize for Literature) By Alim Hosein   A book of artwork titled Panorama – A Portrait of Guyana was launched at Cara Lodge on Monday January 12.

The Visual Arts Competition 2014: A stunning display of creativity

By Alim Hosein Alim A. Hosein is Dean of Education and Humanities at the University of Guyana; a linguist, literary and art critic, artist, member of the Management Committee of the Guyana Prize for Literature and Coordinator of the Guyana Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition (GVACE) The Awards ceremony held on December 17 at the National Cultural Centre brought an end to the public events in the 2014 Guyana Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition.

The power of time

Sonnet 123   No. Time, thou shalt not boast that I do change Thy pyramids built up with newer might To me are nothing novel, nothing strange; They are but dressings of a former sight.