Art of the masquerade

 

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Mancrab – a previous King from Peter Minshall, representing environmental destruction though technology.

I’m from Trinidad and Tobago. I’m going to shamelessly showcase something special that’s currently happening back home.

A festival called Carnival is a surreal mix of performance art, music, and visual art.

One of the greatest carnival designers in our history, Peter Minshall (designer/co-designer of the opening awards ceremonies for the 1987 Pan American Games, the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the 1994 Football World Cup and the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics) came back from a ten-year hiatus in 2016. And he came back with a bang.

 

The costume below is an entry in the “King of Carnival” competition, where its scale exceeds that of the ordinary person, and represents the theme of the masquerade band which it hails from.

 

The Dying Swan is based off the choreography of its eponymous dance. It was performed on stilts: an incredibly difficult task. Take a look below at this entry:

 

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