Caribbean innovator performs at UCCI

Theatrical innovator to present Caribbean Voices mid-March

Ken
Corsbie, the widely known and respected theatre innovator, will be on stage
with University College of the Cayman Islands’ students on Thursday, 11 March
at the UCCI conference for a special presentation of his Caribbean Voices. 

In
Cayman to lend his perspective on Caribbean literature, culture, and identity,
in Caribbean Voices, Mr. Corsbie will demonstrate the potential of the oral/aural
poetry of the Caribbean to reinforce identity and form bridges across cultures
and islands. 

Mr.
Corsbie has performed locally in all of the 10 GIMISTORY festivals that organised
by Cayman’s Cultural Foundation.

The
cultural and theatrical innovator will perform at the formal opening of the
conference as on Day Two, Friday, 12 March. 
Six UCCI students, accompanied by Congo drum and tenor steel pan will perform
with Mr. Corsbie.

Contributing
to the development of Caribbean theatre for the past five decades, Mr. Corsbie
is a theatre director, designer, actor, storyteller, poetry performer,
stand-up, radio announcer/producer, and television presenter.  He has performed all of these roles in his
homeland of Guyana and throughout the Caribbean.

In
Guyana, Mr. Corsbie was one of the originators of the reputable Guyana Theatre
Guild.  He was also active outside of the
theatre, distinguishing himself as one of his homeland’s best athletes, and in
introducing basketball to Guyana.

Among
his accolades, he received the coveted “Caribbean Cacique” award from the
Trinidad Drama Association.

Mr.
Corsbie now lives in New York with his wife Elizabeth,an anthropologist at the State
University of New York. Nevertheless,
he continues to perform his stand-up, storytelling and the Caribbean’s
oral/aural poetry throughout the diasporas regionally and internationally. 

He
was recently one of the guest acts at the recent
“Shakespeare-in-Paradise” theatre festival in the Bahamas, which also
featured Cayman’s Dr. Frank McField’s play One White one Black, directed by
Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s artistic director, Henry Muttoo.

For details of the conference and to register, go to UCCIconference.ky.

Registration and times 

For
local delegates, registration is $25, including lunch on Day Two.  Registered and non-registered persons may
attend the Museum-sponsored reception on Day One, Thursday, 11 March, 5
pm.  The formal opening begins at 6 pm on
Thursday.

On
Friday, the working sessions of the conference begin at 9 am and will continue
through to 5:30 pm.