Theatre Design and Technology in the Spotlight

Design for Performance TT (DPTT) is a three-day exhibition celebrating the contribution of set, costume, light and sound designers to the world of the arts, entertainment and corporate events in Trinidad and Tobago. The event marks the launch of the PQ2019 Initiative, a concerted effort to present a Trinidad and Tobago pavilion at the Prague Quadrennial 2019, the world’s most significant exhibition of performance design.
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“The Journey” an installation created by students Faith James, Evvi Persad, Narad Mahabir and Antonio Achee at The Academy for the Performing Arts/ UTT under the tutelage of tutor Edwin Erminy, with assistance from Raymer Diaz | Photo courtesy: Raymer Diaz
The DPTT event, which includes a design exhibition and panel discussions, is being presented by The Academy for the Performing Arts (APA) at The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), in collaboration with the National Drama Association of Trinidad and Tobago (NDATT). It will take place at the UTT Campus at NAPA, Keate St., P.O.S. on March 8, 9 and 10, 2018.


DPTT Coordinator, Edwin Erminy, said he envisioned the event because the work of designers is often unrecognized, even though they play an essential role in engaging the senses of an audience and making performances uniquely relevant and exciting. He said
 “That is where designers work their magic. In the collaborative work that is the creation of a performance, they use the resources of art and technology to build the world we will live in for the duration of a show. In an act of alchemy, they can use a simple piece of fabric to transform a mere mortal into a god, or a plank of wood into a prison or even a palace; they can conjure a sound to create a storm, or play with lights and shadows to suggest a crime scene. Even before a single word is spoken they can invoke time, place, mood and meaning in ways that make fiction real.”
NDATT Secretary Safa Niamat-Ali said the Association is in full support of the initiative, which aims to provide visibility for the design for performance sector, contribute to the development of the Visual and Performing Arts Industry and establish an international presence for T&T. Both entities are excited at the prospect of presenting the work of local designers at the PQ2019 Initiative, the first time that Trinidad and Tobago will have a national pavilion at the event.

For more information, contact Edwin Erminy, Coordinator DPTT: PQ2019 Initiative at 642-8888 ext. 32274, 757-1065 or Safa Niamat-Ali at 351-6293 /
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