Friday, August 28 @ 7:30pm
2 Arthurton Rd Northcote
Has an Open Mic?
This month there are 8 slots in the slam but a full half hour section aftewards with an OPEN JAM section featuring hip hop jazz band O'Stranger Tang and local Melbourne beat maker, producer and DJ ‘2nd Thought’ on the decks till late.
Slamalamadingdong is part poetry slam, part ritual and at its core, a community coming alive on a monthly basis (the last Friday of every month!) to support, uplift and inspire one another while celebrating oral storytelling traditions.
Helping us open the show, the winner of last month’s Permission Slam, Rowan White and the rising Poetess of Melbourne Amal Ibrahim.
Featuring the sassy and strong ‘quadruple threat’ comedian, actress, poet and singer Justine J Mac, a live freestyle/open mic jam focusing on collaboration between Melbourne jazz band O’Stranger Tang with local Poets and MC’s and super healthy booty shaking dance session with DJ 2nd Thought. August 28th is sure to leave you feeling in love with Slama’s collaborative spirit dripping with poetic talent and conscious vibes. In other words- we’re cookin with gas!
Slama Mumma Michelle Dabrowski and the Slama crew bring you everything that Slamalamadingdong does best yet again. In our 31st show in the last four years we sow the seeds of love to keep planting our feet in our new venue 24 Moons to deliver a space full of integrity, support for creative risk taking and a program of interdisciplinary performances resulting in extreme inspiration and high vibes for poets, storytellers, word smiths of all disciplines who are willing to challenge themselves to present their work within the structure of a Poetry Slam following three basic rules.
No props, music or costumes.
3 minute time limit.
Pieces presented must be original work.
A night for the poetic sweepings of the inner north to degenerate into sleaze, vitriol, and confusion. And rise into revelation, liberating confession and poetic wisps of the sublime. A feast of clashing waters. All in a cozy artsy pup. No features, no list, no limits. Just put your hand up and come on up. Is your piece not really ready? It is for this gig.
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.