Trinidad and Tobago Carnival: Peter Minshall

If Machel is the foremost innovator of soca, Minshall is the foremost innovator of mas. Eccentric and chameleon-like, his designs have captured Trinidadian’s imaginations for several decades. Born in Guyana, his family moved to Trinidad when he was 4 and we consider him a ‘true son of the soil’.

Peter Minshall From his official website:
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Minshall was born in Georgetown, Guyana, but moved to Trinidad as a child after his father took a job as a cartoonist. Growing up in the capital, Port of Spain, he was exposed to Carnival from a young age. He made his first costume at the age of thirteen, entering the children’s Carnival competition as an African witch doctor, and winning a prize for originality. He attended Queen’s Royal College, then went on to study Theatre Design at the Central School of Art and Design in London.
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Minshall’s costumes have sometimes been called “dancing mobiles.” “Mas” as he conceives it is performance art that combines the qualities of sculpture with those of movement. Each costume is designed with the motion of the performer in mind, so that performer and costume are one. “I provide the means for the human body to express its energy,” he says. His bands are never merely costumed parades, but exercises in total theatre, using music, drama, dance, and visual spectacle to communicate a metaphor-rich narrative.
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Minshall claims that mas–“living art that we make fresh every year”–is the truest artistic expression of Trinidad. “Our aesthetic is performance, the living now.” A major aim of his life’s work has been to prove that mas can be “high” art, as capable of the sublime or the universal as any other artform.

SIGHTS:

Man Crab

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?��Ǩ�� Callaloo Company – Peter Minshall’s Production Company
?��Ǩ�� Peter Minshall on Wikipedia

SOUNDS:

Barcelona 1992 Olympics: Opening Ceremony

Costume Design by Peter Minshall

TASTES:

Callaloo

Callaloo

Callaloo, is the name of Peter Minshall’s design company. It is also the name of a well-known local dish, one that is considered by some to be our national one.

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  • Lilandra

    I don’t eat callaloo :)

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      why? :D

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Some Minshall woulda be good for the opening for CWC last night!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      CWC??!! what’s that? :) I’ve been out of it so be kind :)

      • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

        Cricket World Cup! tsk tsk :-)

        • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

          oh hor! of course :D never mind me :D lolz

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Some Minshall woulda be good for the opening for CWC last night!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      CWC??!! what’s that? :) I’ve been out of it so be kind :)

      • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

        Cricket World Cup! tsk tsk :-)

        • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

          oh hor! of course :D never mind me :D lolz

  • http://www.meltingwok.com MeltingWok

    Sarina, that looks like hummus ya ? So, care to share your secret recipe ? *wink* :)

  • http://www.meltingwok.com MeltingWok

    Sarina, that looks like hummus ya ? So, care to share your secret recipe ? *wink* :)

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      it’s more like a spinach sauce/soup? I’ll be sharing the recipe! :)

  • http://www.meltingwok.com MeltingWok

    Sarina, that looks like hummus ya ? So, care to share your secret recipe ? *wink* :)

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      it’s more like a spinach sauce/soup? I’ll be sharing the recipe! :)

  • http://www.rasamalaysia.com Rasa Malaysia

    Your alignment is off, the center part is pushed down to the bottom…please check. ;)

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      nothing has changed on my side, can’t reproduce sorry …

      • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

        I have noticed some browsers on some computers cause this to happen where there are more than 2 frames, but not all of them.

        • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

          strange…

  • http://www.rasamalaysia.com Rasa Malaysia

    Your alignment is off, the center part is pushed down to the bottom…please check. ;)

  • http://www.rasamalaysia.com Rasa Malaysia

    Your alignment is off, the center part is pushed down to the bottom…please check. ;)

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      nothing has changed on my side, can’t reproduce sorry …

      • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

        I have noticed some browsers on some computers cause this to happen where there are more than 2 frames, but not all of them.

        • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

          strange…

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    why? :D

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