Last week, the youth and Barry students all invented superheroes, with special superhero moves. This week, we started building masks for our superheroes, using papier mache. This is a tradition used most famously in the Kanaval of Jakmel, Haiti. To inspire us, master drummer Catelus "Ton Ton" Laguerre played Haitian rhythms throughout the workshop. Attendance [...]
Eyebrow Slicer Today was the first day of a new project: we are creating our own carnival characters by inventing our own superheroes. Master drummer Catelus "Ton Ton" Laguerre accompanied 17 young artists from Miami Bridge, 4 staff members, Dr. Landeros, 9 Barry students, and 1 community volunteer. We began as always with the energy [...]
The Sun is Shivering from Celeste Fraser Delgado on Vimeo. Attendance: The youth were not able to attend, because of an incident at the shelter. Students completed planned activity to practice for next week: Christel Elie Devin Eugenia Judy Jasmine Emmanuela Nakesha
The Kongo is beautiful, says a popular Haitian folksong set to the lively kongo rhythm, often danced at Kanaval. But this happy observation takes on a bit of mystery as the song continues: You don't know me. You don't know Kongo. When mia galleries invited us to create an exhibit for Haitian Heritage Month 2016 [...]
Brazilian Rhythms at Thomas Jefferson Middle School from Celeste Fraser Delgado on Vimeo. On December 16, the Thomas Jefferson Jaguars from Coach Hoover's PE classes closed out the year Carnival Arts-style with samba and capoeira led by Wendy Gonzalez and Marco Ramirez.
Warrior Girls from Celeste Fraser Delgado on Vimeo. On December 15, Carnival Arts choreographer Marisol Blanco led a group of eight Warrior Girls from the PACE Center for Girls, Miami in a dance inspired by the Afro-Cuban warrior, Oya. She controls the wind, wields a machete, and is respected by all.
Carnival Arts Fall 2015 from Celeste Fraser Delgado on Vimeo.
Getting ready for this years Luxury vs. Life carnival theme with the first workshop in costume making. Tonight the young artists painted mirrors to be carried by the Super Wind-y Hair Girl. Next session: adding glitter, gems, ribbons, and bells.
Today we put together costumes for pirates and radioactive mermaids to dramatize the storyline of our movie in progress. We took turns setting up tableaux from the script, then set the photos to monologues we wrote and recorded last month.
Today we took a break from the Splash! theme to honor our ancestors and loved ones who have passed on. All of the artists wrote private letters to a loved one or an ancestor, then each made a calavera in their memory.