Thursday, February 4 @ 8:00pm
63 Johnston Street Fitzroy
Has an Open Mic?
Book tickets at http://wordisout.com.au/event/rapid-fire-2
Rapid Fire — 12 writers, 6 minutes each
Rapid Fire is the longest running spoken word event at Hares & Hyenas, and one of its most popular. Join us as we present 12 writers with 6 minutes each to win the hearts and minds of the audience in one of the most engaging spoken word events on the cultural calendar.
Line-up includes: Julie Peters; ReVerse Butcher & Kylie Supski; Squirrel Main; Gabriela Georges; Quinn Eades; and JaQi NMA, with more to be announced soon.
As part of 2016 Word Is Out for Midsumma Festival.
Kylie Supski is a Polish-Australian poet and spoken word performer. Kylie’s inspiration comes from her personal experiences, all aspects of her life, and the people she is surrounded by. Kylie is greatly concerned with using art as a method of speaking out about global economic and political inequality. She encourages her audiences towards critical thinking, and to consider the weight of their own powers as citizens with specific regard to the inhumane policies backed by the Australian government controlled by less than ‘The 1%’. Kylie however, enjoys a diverse repertoire and is passionate about exploring the beauty of being alive. Kylie Supski was the winner of The Melbourne Spoken Word Prize in 2016.
Gabriela Georges is a Melbourne-based singer-songwriter and poet who fuses the old and the new, experimenting with words ‘til she’s no longer blue. Using music and poetry to self-express, she writes on love, nature, grief and death. She sometimes rhymes words as she’s walking down the street; she likes her hip hop and hearing a good beat. She’s performed at the Melbourne Fringe, Sydney Fringe and Hare Hole, and had her work published in Offset, an arts journal.
Under various names and in a variety of disguises, ReVerse Butcher (rVb) has been performing, experimenting with and publishing her poetry for 14 years. She was a founding member of the Speedpoets (QLD), and moved on to coordinate and collaborate on several other open mic poetry readings including: Trip the Word Fantastic (QLD), WamJam (QLD), Beat @ The Boat (NSW) and ContraVerse (QLD & VIC). She has previously sung or spoken with several musical acts including (but not limited to): The Electric Afterglow (QLD), The Molotov (QLD) and Trypswytch (QLD/NSW). She’s toured internationally, and has several grand schemes, plots and plans concurrently running at all moments. rVb is currently engaged in a series of elaborate art experiments around Melbourne, called the #antiresidency which you may or may not ever find.
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.