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Mas Makers Massive
|In existence for two
decades Mas Makers Massive exists to teach and promote the Carnival
Arts tradition or costume, music and dance indigenous to the West
Indian nation of Trinidad and Tobago.
For 2005 MMM is showcasing the folkloric tradition of dance that attained international prominence under the influence of Trinidad born dancers Beryl McBurnie and Boscoe Holder.
Included in the 2005 portrayal are student from Far West Middle School and Washington manor Middle School. The band is led by Stephen Tiffenson. Artistic Director and costume designer is Kyle Hill. Special choreography by Linda Johnson
Many of the big names in folk dancing, especially those who brightened the era of the Little Carib theatre, did so through the tutelage and inspiration of Beryl McBurnie, and together they transformed this theatre into a temple of vivacious dance. The battle that Beryl fought to gain acceptance of the Trinidad folk dance was a long and hard one, and the wide success she eventually enjoyed, thereby helping to change attitudes, must stand among the trophies of her life.
In 1945 she once again returned to the local scene and after a short and active period she left for the Sorbonne in Paris, then spent a period in England. She followed this up by doing research into folk forms in Cayenne, Brazil and Suriname. It was in Suriname, in 1947, that she saw a simple and charming schoolroom, which gave her the idea of a theatre house she had had in mind. When she came back home she erected a building after that style and called it "The Little Carib"in the backyard of her mother's home on Roberts Street, Woodbrook.
The opening of "The
Little Carib" in 1948 was one of the great occasions in Trinidad theatre
history. The great American baritone singer, Paul
Robeson, was here for the occasion.
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