Writers on the Green Line

FREE! Poetry & Performance Workshops

CentroNia’s Community Education & Engagement Program Presents

4 Saturdays in March 2011

Facilitated by Poet/Theatre Artist Michael Oliver

Funded by Poets & Writers, Inc.

All Welcome – Ages 50+ Warmly Invited!

Sessions 1 & Session 2:Speak It, Write It, Perform It! 

Saturdays, March 5 & 12

12:30–3:00 PM

CentroNía – 1420 Columbia Rd., NW, WDC 20009

 Session 3:Poetry in Performance

Saturday, March 19

12:30–3:00 PM

CentroNía – 1420 Columbia Rd., NW, WDC 20009

This session focuses on the art of performing poetry for others. We are not talking about strictly

performance poetry nor are we talking about reciting poetry. We are definitely talking about performing poetry

for an audience. The focus is on embodying the poem, the process where the performer takes on

the voice of the poem, its consciousness and its emotional and intellectual nuances and then shares

those qualities with an audience. The workshop begins with a reading of poetry, then we discuss the techniques

used by the poets to express or communicate their felt thoughts. We focus on changes in direction,

on personalization of material, on specificity of image, and on the narrator’s identity. Then, each participant

chooses a poem to perform and the process of embodying the poem begins. After a short rehearsal,

poet performers share their works, or a section of their work with others.

Discussions follow each sharing.

 Session 4:

Poetry Presentations & Party @ Pigment Art Studio

Saturday, March 26

12:30–3:00 PM

Pigment – 1848 Columbia Rd. NW, WDC 20009

We conclude the workshop series with final poetry presentations and a party at Pigment Art Studio

in the heart of Adams Morgan.  Participants are encouraged to invite guests to one of

DC’s coolest workshop/gallery/performance spaces, launched by artist Manuel Navarrete. 

For more information about Pigment or directions, go to www.pigmentstudio.com.

 

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