Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Vertigo Visitors to Regina, SK, Poetry Reading

Earlier this month, the Vertigo Series in Regina, SK., featured writers and spoken work performance artists from Quebec and Alberta: Jenna Butler, Duckens Charitable, Nancy R. Lange, and Éliz Robert.

I love hearing new work, and this event was especially intriguing as work was read in English, French and Spanish — with insta-translations between languages.

The evening also featured improv poetry, with slam champion Missie Peters of Victoria, who spun amazing word patterns on the spot to the musical accompaniment of Brian Templeton (who also played with Sean Tremble and recorded music by Rob Doherty).

Featured readers, Jenna Butler (Alberta), Nancy R. Lange,  Duckens Charitable, Éliz Robert (all Quebec).
Featured readers, Jenna Butler (Alberta), Nancy R. Lange,
Duckens Charitable and Éliz Robert (all Quebec).
In the lower photo, Éliz is providing spontaneous
literary translation from French to English.
Musicians Sean Tremble and Brian Templeton, accompanying recorded music by Rob Doherty.
Musicians Sean Tremble and Brian Templeton,
accompanying recorded music by Rob Doherty. 
Victoria's Missie Peters,
performing improv poetry. 
Spanish, French, improv, music, poetry — a wonderful evening, thanks, Tara Dawn Solheim!

Upcoming Vertigo events include a reading at Crave in Regina on May 13, with Matthew Hall, Danny Kresnyak, Andréa Ledding, Christine McNair and Sandra Ridley, and the Vertigo Open Stage at the Cathedral Arts Festival, May 20, with a feature performance by Ontario's spoken word artist Greg ‘Ritallin’ Frankson.

For more, see Vertigo online, at http://vertigoseries.com/.

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