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‘┬íCarnaval!’ Opening Celebration

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Sat., Oct. 1, 2011 | 12 – 9 pm

12 – 4 pm Opening Programs & 7 – 9 pm Masquerade: A ¡Carnaval! Celebration

Join the Burke for a day of colorful crafts, music, and programs about Carnivals around the world. This event is included with museum admission and is free for Burke members. For more information on Masquerade: a Carnival Celebration, click here.

¡Carnaval! Opening Programs:

Noon – 4 pm Mask Making and Carnival Crafts

Noon "The Carnival of Venice: Commedia dell'arte and the Birth of Opera" with Stephen Stubs, Burke Room. 

At the beginning of the 17th century the Carnival of Venice was the one unmissable stop on "The Grand Tour" of anyone who was anyone for all of Europe. The liveliness of the experiences on offer there, from the street musicians and comedians to the grand pallazzi and theaters was almost overwhelming. This provided the perfect situation and a ready-made audience for the birth of a spectacular new art form: the public opera.

1:30 pm "Carnival in Europe and the Americas" a Carnival Travelogue with Robert Jerome, Burke Room.

Robert Jerome is an award-winning, internationally published travel photographer who specializes in topics related to folklore and culture. He has photographed Carnival celebrations around the world for over 25 years. Through a PowerPoint photographic presentation, he will examine the spectacle that is Carnival in Europe and the Americas, focusing on the tradition's origins, spread and current manifestations. He will also discuss the Carnival experience and provide real-world advice on how best to observe or participate in Carnival celebrations.

3:00 pm "The Story of Steelband: From Trinidad Carnival to International Stages" with Shannon Dudley, Burke Room.


This presentation will discuss the origin of the steel drum (or steel pan) in Trinidad around 1940, and its subsequent diffusion in the Caribbean and the United States.  Using images, recordings, and live musical performance, Dr. Dudley will offer a variety of explanations for the instrument's extraordinary appeal, ranging from its roots in rebellious Carnival displays to its unique musical qualities in the present day.

(Shannon Dudley is associate professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Washington, and author of Music From Behind the Bridge: Steelband Spirit and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as Carnival Music in Trinidad.)

Special thanks to KUOW 94.9 for providing media sponsorship for this event. 

Masqueraders in fantasy-style costumes, Venice, Italy, 2001; courtesy of Museum of International Folk Art.
Photo: Shirley and David Rowen