2016 THEME: Reverie
They said, “You have a blue guitar,
You do not play things as they are.”
The man replied, “Things as they are
Are changed upon the blue guitar.”
And they said then, “But play, you must,
A tune beyond us, yet ourselves,
A tune upon the blue guitar
Of things exactly as they are.”
— Wallace Stevens
Time out. Unplug. Unhook. The world is too much with us.
Shut out the noise.
Sink into Reverie —that liminal space in which one creates.
One thinks of Halloween as a chance to fantasize, but more than anything Halloween lets us realize, allowing us to play ourselves, leaving the remainder of the year for sleepwalking.
We are hopeful folks will create a Halloween costume that at once expresses and feeds their soul. As they say in Trinidad Carnival: “Parade Yourself” to fully experience the transformative process of carnival. This call to ACTION by way of inaction for ART is conceived and manifested in this liminal space—and making ART heals both the individual and the collective soul.
We know that delving into this realm also does some Soul Stitching (our costume designers know that sewing is a quick entry point!)
In these moments of reverie, our eyes are fresh, a child’s eyes. Our thoughts unfettered by habit, ideas and inspirations swirl in.
So this year we celebrate Reverie, inviting one and all to recreate their waking dreams.