It's a mas band with a story to tell. K2K Alliance and Partners is an ultra-modern, fashion-conscious Carnival statement for bold masqueraders who want to play mas and be part of a story in the tradition of Carnival mas as street theatre. On August 9, K2K heads into its second Carnival offering with its 2013 Carnival launch of The Human Race, at the Queen's Hall, from 8.30–10.30 pm. Karen and Kathy Norman designed this year's band as a continuation of last year's 2012 theme of Seas of Consciousness, a saga of achieving one's dreams and forging one's destiny that earned first place in the Medium Band category in the Downtown competition. "Last year it was about getting to different levels of consciousness, being aware of our lives and how we think about the decisions we make," says Dawn Richards, a spokesman for the band. "This year we're moving to a more enlightened state of consciousness."
Once again K2K will feature a band with three sections and 600 masqueraders.
For 2013, The Human Race will continue the story, with the band being portrayed as a horse race with the masquerader portraying characters in each of three sections: the crowd, the thoroughbred and the jockey. "Each section will present a segment of the concept of standing strong, facing adversity, shooting for the stars and not conforming to society's concept of the path to success, but to creating one's own path to success," says Richards. "It's about being clear in the choices we make and creating choices that are specific to our own personal circumstances and not just being led by society. Society imposes a lot of choices on us, and we need to think for ourselves."
The surprise is how the sections come together to depict an overall statement about The Human Race. Richardson says K2K is a unique brand with three pillars: the masquerade band-which is part of life; the couture collection that makes up the mas while tying into fashion and the charitable organisation that will contribute to an at-risk teen organisation. "The mas features intricate designs, fine, hand-made costumes that cross over to fashion that you could see on a runway," says Richards."The band is designed to make you feel like you're not just playing mas. You're reflecting fashion. Each costume features quality fabric, beading, much handwork-layered looks that capture a modern feel for a retro-idea: Carnival as costumes fit for street theatre."
As for the third pillar of the K2K brand, the charitable foundation, Richards says, "We're targeting at-risk teens. We're currently deciding which charity the band will make a donation to. The idea is to empower young people and give masqueraders the reward of giving back to society. Again, it's meant to remind masqueraders of that connection between mas and life." The launch promises to be a "gala event with a magnificent artistic production in which the costumes will be revealed, followed by a cocktail reception and up-close viewing of the costumes and the unique stories of the race of life, being told by each section." "K2K is a band that appeals to the discerning masquerader who is looking for a portrayal that is rooted in a distinct, unique and memorable story that is told through breathtaking costumes and a memorable mas playing experience." Band members can also look forward to surprise amenities. Last year there was a rolling spa in an air-conditioned vehicle that offered foot massages for aching feet. "We're going to expand this year," says Richards. K2K's mas camp is located at 22 Oleander Road, Victoria Gardens, where interested masqueraders can view the sections from August 13. Costumes are within the medium to large band costume prices.
For more information about tickets for the launch, contact Dawn Richards at 686 3150.