Friday, October 2 @ 7:00pm
Old Council Chambers, Trades Hall
54 Victoria St Carlton
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Melbourne Spoken Word and Voices in the Attic presents the Melbourne leg of Luka Lesson’s latest tour, launching his new spoken word project Antidote.
After the success of his first collection: the independent best-seller ‘The Future Ancients’ (2013) Luka Lesson returns with ANTIDOTE – a spoken word collection that is an ode to our words being the antidote for such poisonous times. Filled with the vulnerable and political work that Luka is known for as well as some rare hilarious moments never before witness in his repertoire, ANTIDOTE is a brand new brave anthem for change, and a soundtrack to shedding our skins in the current climate.
Supported by Simon Taylor and Wani, with more to be announced.
Luka Lesson is a spoken word and HipHop artist who has been writing rap music for nine years. Luka discovered Slam Poetry in 2008 and in 2011 won the Australian Poetry Slam final. With four years of touring throughout Australia, Asia, New Zealand and North America, 13 Writers’ Festivals, nine years of workshop experience and ten years of writing under his belt, Luka has written commissions and performed for The National Gallery of Victoria, Greece’s pioneer HipHop group Active Member, South Africa’s OneBlood Festival and China’s most celebrated living poet Xi Chuan in Beijing. In 2013, his debut book, “The Future Ancients” became an independent best-seller and a part of educational programs in selected schools from Hong Kong to Melbourne. Luka has released two full length albums: Please Resist Me (2011) and EXIT (2014) where he blurs the lines between a conscious HipHop lyricist and insightful story-teller.
Melbourne Spoken Word is proud to support the campaign to say yes to marriage equality with a special spoken word event at Loop Bar.
Featuring Kylie Supski & Reverse Butcher, Charlotte Laurasia Raymond, Chalise van Wyngaardt and Jocelyn Deane, hosted by and performance by Benjamin Solah. There will also be a special open mic (3-minute limit), sign up on the night.
Proceeds from drink sales go toward supporting Equal Love.
Yoram Symons performing ‘The Whale’ at Melbourne Spoken Word presents Bill Moran at The Provincial Hotel, Fitzroy on September 1, 2017.
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Yoram Symons is an engaging and unique voice on the Melbourne poetry scene, known for his enchanting storytelling technique. Yoram is a writer, poet and VR/AR producer in Melbourne. His performance work is a mixture of hypnosis and intensity, exploring the intersection of history, culture, technology and the personal experience.
Slam. Is this once agent in changing the way we produce and consume performance poetry still relevant?
For those who are not familiar with slam: Slam is a competition format in which poets are given a set time limit to perform their pieces and are then scored by a total of 5 randomly selected audience members, the scores usually range from 1-10 to the nearest 0.1 with the top and bottom scores being dropped in order to avoid bias, giving each poet a final score out of 30. The poet with the highest score at the end of the night wins. There are many variations on this basic format (which was first introduced by Marc Smith) employed by poetry competitions across the globe.
Slam boasts origins in the idea that the people should have a say in the type of content they are presented with. That is, that those who are the predominant consumers of performance poetry or spoken word; the audience should be the deciding party in the kind of work that is allowed recognition and reward. This has given rise to a style of poetry unofficially termed “slam poetry.”
Slam poetry is a term used to define the type of poetry, both in cadence and content, that is likely to score well at slams. A poet who presents poetry predominantly of this style may be called a slam poet. And while slam, by definition, is a format for competition, the world of slam poets and slam poetry is a rapidly growing one with poets who have attained worldwide recognition for their execution of this style of poetry. However, over time and particularly on our extensive and hugely varied poetry scene, the idea that the poetry presented in slam is of an inferior quality is becoming an increasingly held one.
That is to say, there is a specific school of thought which views slam through a lens that portrays the art that is presented on slam stages as simplistic, repetitive and lacking in any depth beyond the concise point that the artist is trying to make in the allotted time limit.