Friday, July 31 @ 7:30pm
2 Arthurton Rd Northcote
Has an Open Mic?
Registration for the slam is at 7pm sharp. Names drawn out of a hat at 7.30pm sharp.
There are 8 slots in the slam and an OPEN JAM section where poets and freestylers and invited to line up on the side of the stage to collaborate with the band. Featuring hip hop jazz band O'Stranger Tang. Much like in JAM SLAMS we have run in the past, Poets will have a chance to have a quick chat to the band to lay down some guidelines for the improv to happen on stage.
What would it look like if you gave yourself permission to say what you really want to say, be who you truly want to be in your own community and do exactly what it is you dream of doing on stage?
This month at Slamalama Artists are invited to do just that as we bend the rules of the slam to allow Poets, storytellers and wordsmiths of all disciplines to freely use costumes or props in the slam competition.
The theme of the night is PERMISSION and every facet of the night will cater to creating a space of allowance and freedom. So come with an open attitude ready to be lifted into what is possible when we give each other a yes.
Slamalamadingdong is part poetry slam, part ritual and at its core, a community coming alive on a monthly basis to support, uplift and inspire one another while celebrating oral storytelling traditions.
No other spoken word event in Melbourne facilitates a space where you can get inspired by ballsy passionate and top performing spoken word artists, get involved in the open jam section to a live jazz hip hop band with whatever freestyle or pre prepared vocals you are ready to bust out … and then celebrate on the dance floor to amazing soul, hip hop and funk music put on by the collaboration between Slamalama and 24 Moons with either a live band or DJ.
Whoah. That’s a bit of an arty party.
So this month the only two rules that apply in the slam are:
The three minute time limit and pieces presented must be original works.
Hosted by Oliver Mol, featuring readings by Oliver Mol, Eric Yoshiaki Dando, Laura Jean McKay, Nevo Zisin, Miles Allinson and Romy Ash.
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.