J’ouvert Celebration at the Atrium: De Wedding Party of Dame Lorraine & King Jab Jab
Something Positive brings the music, dance, and street theater of Trinidad’s carnival to the Atrium. In their comic theater piece, the troupe presents the traditional masquerade characters of the pre-Lenten carnival in a mock marriage ceremony. The play culminates with cannon sounds signaling the beginning of the celebration, the characters inviting the audience into the parade singing “Jouvay barreyo, pas maittez la main asseyo” while drums and percussion keep the beat.
About Something Positive, Inc.
Something Positive, Inc. is a New York City–based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the art and culture of the African Diaspora and its cross-cultural influences. Established by dancer and Rapso music pioneer Cheryl Byron in 1981, the ensemble of dancers, singers, and musicians has performed an original repertoire at venues including the African Burial Ground National Monument, American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Museum, Lincoln Center, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Location: David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Broadway between 62nd & 63rd Street
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Photo by Paula Lobo for the New York Times