Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 31st 2015 Contents Growth, a group exhibition featuring works
selected from the international public art
collection of Thru Contemporary Arts,
opened in Frederiksted, St Croix, on Friday.
The show, mounted at the Caribbean Muse-
um Center for the Arts, is the second exhi-
bition presented by Thru Contemporary Arts,
a project of T&T based collective GETTHRU.
Growth features works by T&T nationals
GA Gardner, Adele Todd and Sarah Knights
as well as works by Judith Ganz, Beata Obst,
Clary Estes, Georg Gartz, Ute Bartel, Lap Yip,
Christoph Bartolosch, Almuth Baumfalk and
The exhibition follows a recent inaugural
exhibition in Cologne, Germany.
"Growth is intended to expand conversation
about the nature and boundaries of art in the
Caribbean by exposing the public to a variety
of approaches to creating contemporary art,"
said a release from the Caribbean Museum
Center for the Arts.
"It features a specially selected collection
of contemporary art by present-day artists
from countries around the world. From mixed
media art to photography, embroidery, and
digital works of art---all are represented in this
exhibition, which is part of Thru Contemporary
Arts' permanent public collection."
Thru Contemporary Arts is a collaboration
of artists, writers and curators. The collabo-
ration is a project initiative of the non-profit
arts organisation GETTHRU, based in T&T.
The project is dedicated to showcasing con-
temporary artists and their work in countries
that lack access to non-traditional art forms
and techniques, the release said.
Thru Contemporary Arts focuses on exhi-
bition, education, and the preservation of con-
temporary arts, and houses and maintains a
juried collection. The project acquires and
promotes the artworks of prominent contem-
porary artists at various stages of their careers.
This public collection is exhibited at museums,
galleries and other spaces with the goal of
educating and introducing under-served com-
munities to various forms of contemporary
art.As part of this project the organisation pub-
lishes and prints arts catalogs and books on
various contemporary arts subjects, the release
An untitled piece by German artist Judith
Ganz. Mixed media on canvas, 2012.
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Playwright, director and songwriter
Shunnel Roopchand has a deep appre-
ciation and love of T&T history. Maya:
A Battle Moving Forward is her 11th
original play with Brave Heart Produc-
tions Theatre Co. She rewrote the play,
originally staged in 2010; the new ver-
sion saw its debut on May 29, and clos-
As an actress, Roopchand is most
known for her performances as the lead
in the local stage adaptations of the Bol-
lywood hits Dilwale Dulhania Le jayenge
(2007), Mujhse Dosti Karoge (2008) and
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (2009).
"I got into to playwriting simply from
becoming involved in theatre as an
actress. We formed Brave Heart Theatre
Co and I acted with them for a while
and did writing as well, adapting Bol-
lywood movies for the stage. That expe-
rience triggered something in me to write
my own stories."
With a background in literature, a
bachelor of arts degree in literature from
the University of the West Indies com-
bined with acting experience, Roopchand
nurtured her desire to write, trying her
hand at original stories, which worked
Her newest original Maya will be per-
formed at the Rudranath Caplideo Learn-
ing Resource Centre, Couva, this week-
end, just in time for Indian Arrival day
celebrations. The production will be
repeated at the Naparima Bowl, from
"I have a real interest in history so
quite a few productions are heavily based
on history---not only East Indian but
history of Trinidad," said Roopchand.
The production boasts of a cast of 25
actors who have all been personally
trained by Roopchand through Brave
Heart, five dance sequences choreo-
graphed by Abbigail Lochan, two fight
sequences choreographed by Donnie Ali
and a professional traditional folk singing
group led by Kevin Ramjit.
Roopchand wrote two original songs
for the production.
"What has inspired me to write this
story is an observation of our society,
where there were certain inequalities
and discrimination which stemmed from
"The story has a very loud
and clear message of cultural
tolerance and tolerance of
each other as human beings.
It's heavily steeped in Indian culture,
but we have a mixed cast so it reflects
all of Trinidad society as a whole."
Maya, a Sanskrit word that translates
to "illusion" in English, highlights the
rich cultural history of East Indians and
their struggles during the early 1900s
in the aftermath of the indentureship
system in Trinidad.
A love story comes to life on stage,
capturing this era of social upheaval
and radical change. It depicts a for-
bidden love between two childhood
sweethearts, Anand and Neela, that
centuries of tradition had tried to out-
On the preparations for the per-
formance Roopchand said, "It was
excellent. We have been having full
runs of the show since last week and
everybody is really well prepared and
Growth runs until June 27.
Visit: getthru.org for more info.
Gardner, Todd, Knights show in St Croix
T&T-born artist GA Gardner in front of his work Passive Aggressive, a 2014 mixed media
collage. PHOTOS COURTESY GETTHRU.ORG
Call: 686-4964, 679-4200 or 223-6401.
Rewrite of Maya
returns to the stage
Playwright, director and songwriter
Shunnel Roopchand. PHOTO COURTESY
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