Roger Bonair-AgardMasquerade: Calypso and Home
Panel Discussion: Memory's Velocity
Poetry Writing Workshop
Early 1980s Trinidad: Midnight Robber meets Michael Jackson, soca music meets first dances and fist fights. Carnival, football, family, and a bottle of rum. Masquerade: Calypso and Home is a solo performance that traces with stunning, vibrant immediacy a journey both personal and political. Bonair-Agard weaves living, breathing tapestries out of notions of home and voluntary exile, tenderly unmasking family secrets, his Caribbean adolescence, and life as an immigrant in America. Bonair-Agard, the 1999 National Individual Slam Champion, has appeared on Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam on HBO and is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the louderARTS Project, an organization dedicated to the evolution of poetry through the craft of writing and performance.
This performance is made possible by the W. Ford Schumann ‘50 Endowment for the Arts The Lipp Family Fund for Performing Artists.