What is Poetry+Motion?
It’s the presentation of poetry, written by local poets and translated into movement by local dancers. The first Poetry+Motion was produced by Lola Peters and Suzanne Simmons (Danceable Planet) in October 2010. The second, themed “A Celebration of All Those We Love,” was produced in partnership with The Hansberry Project at ACT Theater and held in the Bullitt Cabaret on February 13, 2011. The theme for the June 12, 2011 Poetry+Motion is Freedom! You are invited to interpret it any way you want. Please see Submission Guidelines, below, for details.
After the poetry submission deadline, dancers selected to participate will receive a PDF file containing all the submitted poems, but without the name of the poet. They will select up to four poems that inspire them and create a dance to go with that poem. Poets will then record the poem (so the dancer will understand the poet’s cadence and emphasis during choreography). The poets and dancers will rehearse together and then present their poem and dance to the audience at the performance on June 12, 2011.
Performance date/time: June 12, 2011, time TBD
Erickson Theater at Broadway Performance Hall
at Seattle Central Community College
Poetry submission deadline: 5:00 pm, Sunday April 3, 2011
Dancers’ poetry selection deadline: 5:00 pm, Sunday April 17, 2011
Announcement of selected poems: Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Audio/Video recording of poets (for dancers’ use in choreography): May 2-8, 2011
Poets’ and dancers’ rehearsal dates:
• Thursday, June 2, 2011, 6:30-9:00pm
• Thursday, June 9, 2011, 6:30-9:00pm
• Saturday, June 11, 2011, 9:00am – noon – Tech Rehearsal
• Sunday, June 12, 2011 Time TBD – Final Rehearsal
We will provide a small honorarium to each selected poet and dancer. Honorarium will be based on the number of your poems that are selected for dance.
Please feel free to share these guidelines with other poets. If you know dancers who may be interested in participating, please have them contact Suzanne Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org. She can advise them of the audition schedule.
We're so excited to do this wonderful project again!
…Lola E. Peters & Suzanne Simmons (Danceable Planet and MyWorld Dance & Fitness)