The Entourage is a supporting group of ten individuals who have played a significant role throughout the process of making the Ring of Fire—from constructing the costumes, to creating music, to devising the choreographic movement language used during the procession itself. The number ten is significant as it represents the lunar cycle, allowing for the entourage to literally come full circle unto itself—for eternity. The Entourage for Wisdom literally moves the Sentinel during the procession and their costumes continue Wisdom’s theme through abstract shapes that are evocative of the rising sun. While the costumes are the same—uniting the individuals who play these ten character roles—each has been custom fit to the individual based on their particular needs and adapted to different kinds of mobility devices and other considerations that add to the dynamic characteristics of the particular entourage and teaching they dramatize.
Here are a selection of Marlon Griffith’s initial sketches, artistic renderings, technical drawings, and images of the design process and creation of the costumes for Wisdom’s Entourage. Each member carries a totemic mask, made of cardboard finished with gold leaf and Punchinello, silver paint, and iridescent beads. Their outfits are made of cotton, which have been specifically designed and hand-stitched. Finally their mask, made of vacuum form plastic with uniquely pattered shapes, finishes, and laser cut embellishments evoke the rays of the sun and through the use of positive and negative shapes reciprocally relate to other patterns, symbols, and iconographic elements of all mas players who comprise Wisdom in the procession.