A Call for Submissions

November 23, 2009

Call for poetry submissions:

What for: An online portal for the reading and discovery of the work of West Indian/West Indian heritage writers of poems at:


What we are looking for: Unpublished works that explore images of so-called Caribbean-ness and do something with them — invert them, twist them, crack them open. Baptise them or make them anew. Works that tread unfamiliar territory — or familiar ones. Works that spill out from that dark place in your mind and relieve the pressure of compression inside of your heart.

Avant-garde, experimental and radical verse are all welcome. Dabblers of journal verse are welcome. Bring yourself — with words.

Of particular interest are poems pertaining to themes of identity, gender, gender roles and sexuality.

Please indicate upon submission, if you would prefer to use a nom de plume. Please include a brief biographical sketch or simply, nationality information. Authors retain all original rights to their work.

For further inquiry, to hear more about this venture or to submit work, please e-mail creativecommess[at] gmail [dot] com


metamorphosisdanceflyerthumb.jpgMy old dance company in Trinidad, Metamorphosis Dance Company is gearing up for its 2007 Season titled “Tribute.” It is a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Caribbean School of Dancing.

According to Nancy Herrera, Artistic Director of Metamorphosis, “that’s 50 years of excellence in dance and almost every variety of dance techniques and styles including classical ballet, modern, contemporary Caribbean, post-modern, folk, jazz and tap, along with video footage of pieces from the past.”

The show will highlight the glory of Metamorphosis’ UK tours, celebrating collaborations in choreography, set, costumes, lighting design and musicians with live accompaniment, traditional drums, chanting, poetry and classical music played by The Lydians Orchestra under the direction of Pat Bishop.

5 Shows

Thursday 12th July 2.00 p.m. $50 a special matinee for children on holiday, students of theatre, and people who do not want to be out late.
Thursday 12th July 8.00 p.m. $100
Friday 13th July 8.00 p.m. $100
Saturday 14th July 8.00 p.m. $100
Sunday 15th July 6.30 p.m. $100

There will be a special commemorative brochure on sale, telling the story of 50 years of dance.

Tickets available at Caribbean School of dancing, 2a Dere Street daily 9.00
a.m. – 5.00 p.m 625-3225 or at the Queen’s Hall box office daily 9.00 a.m. –
6.00 p.m.

Makeda ThomasNew York/Trinidad choreographer and artistic director, Makeda Thomas, is known internationally for her rich dances that cross boundaries between contemporary modern and traditional dance. In the 3rd Annual This Woman’s Work: A Choreographic Project Representing Women of Color at Harlem Stage in September, she unleashes her wide-ranging creativity in a re-envisioning of her acclaimed work, A Sense of Place. This Woman’s Work, acknowledged as Dance Magazine’s ‘25 To Watch’, enjoyed previous sold-out engagements at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater and D.C.’s Howard University. This year’s This Woman’s Work comes to Aaron Davis Hall on Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8, at 7:30pm.


Hailed as “delivering gestures you can feel in your gut and heavenly dancing you want to watch forever” by The Village Voice, A Sense of Place is based on conversations with 40 women living with HIV/AIDS. Thomas spent 3 months in Mozambique, Africa in 2005. With Graca Machel (Former First Lady of South Africa and Mozambique) as the Honorary Patron – she premiered her work on World AIDS Day to a packed audience at Maputo’s Teatro Africa. A Sense of Place was televised to over 200,000, and since presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Niagara Falls Performing Arts Center and 1st Conference on New Perspectives in African Performing & Visual Arts. The Port of Spain performance at CCA7 was called “revolutionary” by The Trinidad Guardian’s Attillah Springer.


“A Sense of Place embodies the ideas upon which This Woman’s Work was founded,” Thomas says. She joins a cast that make up seven of the most influential, professional, performer-choreographers in contemporary dance: Camille Brown, Bridget Moore, Shani Collins, Princess Mhoon Cooper, Ursula Payne and Francine Ott. During the opening highlight solos, (featuring a special guest appearance from Shel Riser, – better known as ‘Sonnyboy’) Makeda will preview movement from her highly anticipated upcoming solo Fresh Water.


Makeda Thomas performed internationally in the companies of Urban Bush Women, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE and Rennie Harris/Puremovement. Since 2004, in addition to creating work for her company – Roots & Wings Movement! – she has made work as Resident Choreographer of Companhia Nacional De Canto e Danca. She has received awards from the U.S. Embassy and NYS Council on the Arts among others, and was distinguished as a 2005 Cultural Envoy for the U.S. Department of State. Makeda is deeply committed to creating dance works through cross-disciplinary collaboration and to connecting to “an elemental movement expression linked with the study of history, cultural anthropology, and spirituality.”
She divides her time – in between performing internationally – living in Brooklyn, NY and Trinidad.

Tickets for This Woman’s Work featuring performances of A Sense of Place on Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8 at 7:30pm are $25 and $15. HARLEM Stage at Aaron Davis Hall is located at The City College of New York, 150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street New York, New York 10031.


30-Year-Old Children’s Theatre Annual Production Tackles Pollution

Port of Spain, Trinidad… Lilliput Theatre will stage its original production of Smelly on Friday May 18, 2007 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday May 19, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday May 20, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. at Queens Hall. Smelly is a commentary on the quantity and quality of the development in the country and globally.

Directed by 3 Canal’s Wendell Manwarren, the project came out of the creative mind of designer and artist Merylle Mahabir. Her conceptual costume designs were displayed during Lilliput’s 2007 Junior Carnival portrayal and brought to life by the children’s drama class, who authored the script. The class was initially introduced to environmental issues during a seminar conducted by Mode Alive owner and environmental activist Gary Aboud, when he asked students to describe their immediate surroundings.

The final product is a play incorporating several dance pieces addressing local issues such as the smelter projects and Vision 20/20. While Smelly is meant to give audiences a look into how the world is changing and the human influence, it has also deeply affected members of the cast and crew. Noble Douglas, the theatre’s artistic director, producer and choreographer, says she saw a change in the students. “Some of the teens were saying that they felt very guilty about how they have been contributing to pollution. They became more aware about the little things they could do to help the environmental situation,” she said.

This is not the first time Lilliput has approached a serious topic in its productions. The veteran company is known for staging published plays such as Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Derek Walcott’s Ti Jean and His Brothers, but also staged its own original production Eye Eye Eye, which chronicled the plight of street children. The students readily accepted the reality of its content, but Douglas felt people were still in denial about the topic. “The children never had a problem with Eye Eye Eye, it was the parents and John public who had a problem,” she said.

Because the environment is a topic that is growing in popularity and urgency, audiences are primed to accept and enjoy what Lilliput players are eager to present next weekend.

Lilliput Theatre teaches theatre to children aged 7 to 18 and dance to children aged 3 to 18. It was founded in 1975 and encourages self confidence through the challenge of theatre, game play and imagination. In its production of Smelly, the theatre also uses the strong element of robber talk, showcasing that the heritage of the oral tradition is still alive. According to Manwarren, “Over the years the theatre has come full circle through the evolution of its own style of storytelling.”

WHAT: Smelly

WHO: Lilliput Theatre

WHEN: Friday May 18, 2007 at 7:30

Saturday May 19, at 7:30

Sunday May 20, 2007 at 5:30

WHERE: Queens Hall, St. Anns, Port of Spain

TICKETS: $60 adults/ $40 children

Crosby’s Music Centre, St. James or students of Lilliput Theatre


De POWER of de Word in de RIDDIM of de Word: Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade


On Friday May 11th 2007, the Rapso Community will host the 1st International Rapso Conference as part of the Annual Rapso Festival.  This Conference will be held in association with the Centre for Creative and Festival Arts (CCFA) of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine and the National Museum and Art Gallery.


The Conference will span one day and will feature interactive lectures and discussions, as well as performances by Rapso and Spoken Word artistes. The Conference seeks not only to assess the contribution of Rapso to the cultural landscape of the Caribbean, but also its contemporary role as a vehicle for the social, cultural, intellectual and economic advancement of the national community. A craft market, in addition to book and music kiosks, will form part of the day’s activities.

  The Conference, which will be held at the National Museum and Art Gallery, is free and open to the public.  For further information and to register please contact the CCFA at 663 – 0327 or email antheaoctave@yahoo.com.

Rapso Fest 2007

April 29, 2007

Festival of Rapso and De Oral Traditions

Rapso Fest is one of the major festivals showcasing the power of the
Caribbean’s oral tradition. Featuring characters like the Midnight Robber
and the Pierrot Grenade.
Breakin New Ground
At the Little Carib Theatre on Sunday 6th May at 6.30pm
Workshop participants are initiated through performance and acclaimed by the

Children Storytime
Queens Hall on Wednesday 2nd May at 9.30am
An experience of the oral tradition that introduces younger audiences to the
power of the word.

Women of De Oral Tradition
NALIS Amphitheatre, on Thursday 3rd May at 6.00pm
Turns the spotlight on the lyrical firepower of the women performers. The
event celebrates the contribution of the late Cheryl Byron, mother of the
Rapso movement.

Rapso Brunch
YWCA, St. Clair on Sunday 13th May 2007 at 11.00am
Showcases the major artistes in Rapso and the oral tradition from Trinidad
and Tobago, Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica and Haiti have been featured
alongside Word-Smiths based in Canada, UK and Africa. This event celebrates
the contribution of the late Lancelot Kebu Layne – father of the Rapso

Free Admission to all events
For further details, call 620-2966, 719-6734 or 328-4153

Rapso is defined as the poetry of calypso,
…de power of de word in de riddum of de word.


This week, TTW’s Up Close & Personal Concert Series takes a break to observe the Easter Holiday. However, the series returns with a special two-night engagement on Friday, 20th and Saturday 21st April , 2007 with a performance by the ever-popular, Mavis John.

Singing a record-breaking 275 songs in over 58 performances in 2003, Mavis John continues to thrill audiences at home and abroad and has also become one of the most sought after artistes in Trinidad and Tobago. That year, she also took her show on the road with performances in New York, Barbados, St. Kitts, St. Vincent and Washington.

As a culturally conscious and passionate patriot of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean, Mavis single-handedly revived our national song and national spirit with her rendition of “God Bless Our Nation”. Her CD, “Mavis Sings”, a collection of wonderful classics continues to be very popular and remains a steady success on the commercial circuit. She is well known for her songs, “Jazz in The Callaloo”, “The Time Is Now” and “You are What Love Is”.

Mavis continues this feast of popular songs and performances with her first full-length concert since 2004. Appropriately titled Neighbour, Neighbour, Mavis will perform literally a stone’s throw from her own yard at TTW’s Playwright’s theatre. She will be joined onstage with pianist Ming, and background vocals by Karla Gonzales and Corinne Gray.

The newly refurbished and air-conditioned Playwrights’ Theatre is located at the corner of Jerningham Avenue and Norfolk Street, Belmont. Seating at the Playwrights’ Theatre is extremely limited, so book your tickets early. Security will be provided for cars parked on the street. The After Carnival schedule can be found online at www.ttw.org.tt/nowplaying.html. For further information or to book tickets, please call 624-8502 or 627-8521.


Film Festival – Saturdays (ADMISSION FREE)

Up Close and Personal – Fridays

WHEN: Continues April 20th & 21st – “Neighbour Neighbour” Mavis John

Saturday, April 14th 2007 – “Sista God”, a film by Yao Ramesar

(featuring an after discussion with Yao about the film)


The Playwrights’ Theatre

23 Jerningham Avenue, Belmont

INFO: Telephone: 624-8502 or 627-8521

E-mail: ttw@ttw.org.tt

Web: http://www.ttw.org.tt/nowplaying.html

CONCERT TICKETS: $100 With Complimentary Bar At Intermission