’Ouvert 2009, the streets are once again going to be populated by drunken revellers covered in mud, oil, paint, powder, and chocolate , celebrating the dawn of another carnival. Dragons, Imps, Bats, and other creatures and characters of the traditional carnivals descend from the surrounding hills, turning back the hands of time , transporting the streets of Trinidad and Tobago, if only aesthetically to the very birth of Carnival. Then out of the darkness, enters a horde of devils in an untraditional form, but in a traditional sprit, turning the streets into a Devils Realm.
The award winning band, Mas Jumbies presentation for J’Ouvert 2009, is ‘Diablous Imperium’, Latin for the Devils Realm. Designer Brian Wong Won has drawn inspiration from the Devil and Dragon bands of the early 20th Century. To bring to streets of Port of Spain a mas they have never seen before.
“Diablous Imperium also takes its inspiration from the paintings of the Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516). He is famous for his highly complex, imaginative and iconographic paintings of demons, half-human animals and machines. His paintings are often described as “a world of dreams and nightmares”, both profound and fantastical.”
Wong Won also draws reference to the tradition of Latin the Language of the Church in the early 20thCentury. He uses Latin names for the sections, which depict the 7 deadly sins of mankind, the theme of J’Ouvert 2009 presentation.
To date three of the seven sections have been launched.
Accedia Diabolus. Sloth
Invidia Diabolus. Envy: