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Friday, 6 July 2012

K2K kicks off Carnival 2013 mas

Members of the K2K Carnival 2013 band The Human Race
at the launch in Glencoe yesterday.
The costumes from left are Starting Gate: Onlooker, Starting Gate:
Thoroughbred and The Jockey: Victory. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES

Rain failed to mar yesterday’s media unveiling of The Human Race, the Carnival 2013 presentation of K2K Alliance & Partners. Held at the Glencoe residence of Nina Tommy, the premiere was attended by Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism Dr Lincoln Douglas.

K2K Alliance & Partners, led by twin sisters Karen and Kathy Norman, made an impressive debut at Carnival this year, portraying The Waters—Seas of Consciousness. The presentation copped first place for the Band of the Day, both at the Queen’s Park Savannah and Downtown (South Quay) competitions, for medium bands. The band also placed first in Costume Design in the medium bands category, and was fourth in the Band of the Year (Medium Bands) competition.

Addressing Wednesday’s conference, hosted by Mervyn De Goeas, Karen Norman said K2K Alliance & Partners is bringing “a different dynamic” to Carnival, especially as its costumes are reusable. Her sister Kathy said, “K2K Alliance & Partners isn’t just a mas band but is built on a foundation of three pillars.”

She cited these as the arts and entertainment element of the band, which focuses on costume and Carnival design, and secondly, it is intended to reinvent cinematic beauty through choreography in mas, and win a Band of the Year title. Thirdly, it means to give back to society through its fund-raising arm, the K2K Foundation.

“The foundation is being introduced at the launch of next year’s band and it is supposed to help disadvantaged children through art,” Kathy said. “Together with our mom, Althea Norman, we are in the process of identifying these children and among the activities we have planned is a weekend seminar to come up with ways to best help them.”

Yesterday, the band gave guests a sneak preview of next year’s costumes by presenting three sections—The Crowd; The Starting Gate; and The Jockey — Victory. The sisters explained that K2K Alliance & Partners intends to use horse racing  as an analogy for the “race of life.” Its theme is based on the principles of “self belief” and ultimately “forging one’s own destiny.”

The band’s brochure states: “K2K’s 2013 presentation of The Human Race is a commentary on the experience of the race for “success”—about pursuing a dream, resisting pressure, overcoming challenges and forging one's own destiny.” The Human Race is being launched at Queen’s Hall on August 9 in a production titled Fashion Meeting Carnival. The stage production will be preceded by a cocktail segment from 6.30 pm.

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