“And so it came to pass that upon a certain day Cleansing Spirits arrived in the Cursed and Blessed Land of Trinidad & Tobago… They came to purify what had become corrupted & to recover what was lost. They came to engage in Battle for the Soul of your Soul & for the Soul of the Republic…” These are the 2 Female Cleansing Spirits that arrived at the shore to do battle for the Soul of the Nation:
This is from my 10 min experimental short film called CLEANSE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIO597duv1A
The scenario emerged from a Carnival Band in Trinidad & Tobago called Generation Lion. Generation Lion is a Jouvay Band led by multi-media artist Rubadiri Victor who has radicalised the Jouvay by re-introducing ‘masking’ and ‘sacred’ elements back into the festival. Jouvay is the ritual pre-dawn opening of Carnival celebrations. It is a time of mystery, anarchy, primordial beginnings, abandon, and sensuality. CLEANSE is meant to be a commentary on what human beings, the world, and his country needs now. It is also a specific ritual the Artist created for Jouvay to invoke the ‘Cleansing’. It is the re-animating of an ancient African community cleansing masking ritual…
Written, Directed, Choreographed, & Styled by Rubadiri Victor. Photographed by Kerron Riley.