BIG Friday — the start of the mas!
Sunday, January 27 2013
BiG Friday will play on the word “BIG” — it is a “big” deal, a “big” show, big performers and the best of all — “BIG ” Carnival Costumes! The Kings and Queens of Carnival now have their own show, an opportunity to highlight their costumes and play the Mas. This is their night and the costuming is expected to be spectacular. With the preliminary round set for Thursday, phenomenal costumes from throughout Trinidad and Tobago have already been registered at the National Carnival Bands Association.
Calypso greats Denyse Plummer, and the King David Rudder will provide pivotal energy to the show. Soca stars Bunji Garlin, Faye Ann Lyons and Kes The Band will bring added excitement to this BIG production.
The Mas will be the key element. The audience will be encouraged to represent their Mas character and will also have an opportunity to vote for “People’s Choice for Mas King, Mas Queen and Mas Junior” crowns. In a unique twist to the show, both the Juniors and Senior would be in full competition that night with the actual crowning of the winners taking place at the end of the programme.
Produced by Geraldo Vieira Jr,BiG Friday 2013 will pay video tribute to the late Geraldo Vieira Sr. Vieira Sr, was a mas pioneer, a carnival costume designer, technologist and entrepreneur who was responsible for bringing to the Savannah stage some of the more technically-innovative costumes seen in the Kings of Carnival competition in Trinidad and Tobago. His designs won the title, King of Carnival nine times, and for three consecutive years from 1981. They include the Demon Mantis, Mystic Dawn, Wind – An element of life and The Might of Rome. His design, the Swimming Angel, won Junior Queen of Carnival. He also won similar titles in Toronto, Canada at Caribana in 1996.
He introduced the use of pyrotechnics in costumes in 1999, using special effects such as fireworks, robotics and lighting to create spectacular theatrical Kings of Carnival presentations, which won him numerous titles. As an upgrade from wire bending, he pioneered the use of plastic, wood and concrete mouldings in his designs. His costumes were truly exportable, he designed costumes for virtually every diasporic Carnival, as well as regional Carnivals in St Maarten, St Thomas, Barbados and St Lucia.
The show will be supported by performers from the National Dance Academy, Marcia Charles Dance Troupe and the National Steel Orchestra.
BiG Friday takes place on February 8 at the Queen’s park Savannah, Port of Spain and will signal the start of Carnival, the start of the Mas!
Visit: www.ncbatt.com for more information.