30 Poems for Artists: Deborah Black

Live Art, Poetry, Yleinen

In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.
Deborah was one of those fellow artists who engaged you into long and analytic conversations during the residency. She is a dancer who is very much into writing, and in my workshop ”Writing and the Body” she showed us she has got talent in creative writing.  I’m looking forward to seeing what she brings out in the world, no matter what the discipline.

Your smile is not noisy at all

But your giggling

sounds like a bouncing ball

Under that intelligent smile

I see there must be a lot that’s worthwhile

You can interview me

if you see

there would be

something for thee

Mainokset

30 Poems for Artists: Marina Fernandez de Haro

Live Art, Poetry, Yleinen

In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.

Marina was a Spanish rose; an easy-going person with an aura of sensitivity and perception around her. I was moved by one of her dance videos, Memory Soul. It showed her dancing on a curving street with no view on the possibly upcoming cars, with a nature view around the scene. Her movement emphasized the flow and beauty of contemporary dance. Oh… and she appeared to be a special chef as well. I mean, she can really cook good vegetarian food!
Marina is a co-organizer of In Touch Barcelona since 2013.

You dance like water

you walk like that, too

Is it possible to be that delicate?

Is it the chef that we’re looking at

or a lady with a mystic smile?

Keho ja kirjoittaminen: työpaja / Writing and the Body: a workshop

Live Art, Poetry, Yleinen
Keho ja kirjoittaminen

ENGLISH BELOW

Ponderosan ConVerge-taiteilijaresidenssissä, Saksassa, pidin kaikille avoimen työpajan ”Writing and the Body”. Työpajan tavoitteena oli lähestyä luovan kirjoittamisen prosessia liikkeen tekemisen kautta.

Lämmittelyosuuteen kuului ohjattu tanssi-improvisaatio, jonka intensiteetti kasvoi loppua kohden. Välittömästi sen jälkeen ohjasin osallistujia puhumaan sana-assosiaatioita mahdollisimman pidäkkeettömästi. Toimin heille kirjurina, ja sana-assosiaatioiden keräämisen jälkeen siirryimme kirjoittamiseen. Kirjoitimme viiden sanan mittaisia runoja käyttäen sana-assosiaatiomateriaalia apuna.  Kirjoittamisvaiheen jälkeen teimme lyhyitä äänenavausharjoituksia ja esitimme runot toisillemme.

Työpaja ohjaa käyttämään kehollista kokemista osana kirjoittamisprosessia auttaen kirjoittajaa jäsentää kokemusmaailmaansa paitsi totuttujen aistien, myös tuntoaistin ja aktiivisen kehon käyttämisen kautta. Liikeimprovisaatio helpottaa pidäkkeistä vapautumista, tuo hyvää oloa ja avaa mahdollisuuksia keskittyä helpommin hetkeen.
Katso kuvat alempaa!

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Writing and the Body

In October 2014, in ConVerge artist residency, Ponderosa, Germany, I held a workshop with the topic Writing and the Body. Together with the participants, we explored how we could awaken our verbal sensitivity through movement. We warmed up our bodies by improv dance movements, starting on the floor and gradually building up the intensity of it, and then stopped after some 20 minutes of movement, keeping our eyes closed.

We then moved on to free stream-of-consciousness speaking, where I would help the participants by writing down their words. After this output phase, the process moved on to active writing. We contracted short poems of 5 words, and to help the process, the rule was to use at least one of the stream-of-consciousness words in each poem.

After the writing process, we warmed up our vocal chords and performed to each other. The group was open and everyone came up with some amazing creative output.

Tanssi-improvisaatio. Improvised dance.

Tanssi-improvisaatio. Improvised dance.

Tanssi-improvisaatio. Improvised dance.

Tanssi-improvisaatio. Improvised dance.

 

Vapaata sanojen assosiointia. Free verbal associating.

Vapaata sanojen assosiointia. Free verbal associating.

 

Kirjoittamisvaihe. The writing phase.

Kirjoittamisvaihe. The writing phase.

Kirjoittamisvaihe. The writing phase.

Kirjoittamisvaihe. The writing phase.

Esiintyminen toisille. Performing poems to each other.

Esiintyminen toisille. Performing poems to each other.

Runoja työpajasta, Arias Fernandez. Arias Fernandez's poems, made during the workshop.

Runoja työpajasta, Arias Fernandez. Arias Fernandez’s poems, made during the workshop.

Kuvat / Photos: Jonny Rowden, 2014.

30 Poems for Artists: Frankie Snowdon

Live Art, Poetry

In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.

This time we have Frankie Snowdon. Hey, this woman definitely deserves some attention! Not only because she is graceful, beautiful and intelligent, but also because she is a real artist. I had the ultimate honor to work with her in Ponderosa in fall 2014 for two enlightening weeks, and she gave me a possibility to learn a lot through observing her working methods and skills as a dancer. In our group of four, we developed a special relationship with one another, and I saw how wonderful it is when one gives all of her presence to the common process of creating a piece of art. It is not easy, girl! The world is yours!

Please see the page of her collective, 2nd Toe!

Curly, spicy, beautiful and strong

you’re a lady that can fly like ping-pong

The balls of your game are nice and pink

and you dance and you think,

you dance and think.

30 Poems for Artists: Christopher Owen

Live Art, Poetry, Yleinen

In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.

Christopher Owen is a dancer with a great interest and love for music and rhythm. Other than dancing, he plays different instruments, creates new ones out of any object and makes songs. As a dancer, he appears very creative, playful and strong. In Ponderosa, I had the chance to play around with sound and music together with this multi-talented artist. Of course, dancing with this amazing talent was also sheer bliss.
Christopher is attending an artist residency in Dance4, Nottingham in January, 2015.

Play your notes on a row

and slide on them like a surfer.

Holding a guitar, yelling slightly

Put that smile of yours on just anything

and you’ll turn it to rubies, so lightly

‘Cause I think if you had any flaws

they’d be soft as a cat’s paws

30 Poems for Artists: Tara Rynders

Yleinen

In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.

Here’s the poem for Tara Rynders, an astonishingly beautiful choreographer, dancer, performer and overall artist who engages the audience into private, personal, beautiful encounters with the performers in her works. She is the artistic director of You&Me, and she worked in Ponderosa together with a skillful artist crew, leaving no one cold after the showings. The collaboration gave the work a lot of warmth and spirit.

 

Someone might have taken a ladder

climbing up on the sky

Taken down a pair of stars

to be framed by your hair

And as they shine on your face

you dance on, like it was a race

You know there’s beauty around

– that’s what you’re speaking out loud

30 Poems for Artists: Kata Kovács

Live Art, Poetry, Yleinen

In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, in autumn 2014, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.

Today, it is the turn of Kata Kovács, one of the curator of ConVERGE artist residency. She is a dancer and coreographer.
See also: www.kovacsodoherty.com

Photo: KNI

Poem nr 6.

Where are you, Kata?

Wish you were here

Our art is something

I think you’d hold dear

Come see the Saturday show,

see us glow

Cause on Sunday,

we might be a little slow

30 Poems for Artists: Alex Crow

Live Art, Yleinen

In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, in autumn 2014, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.

Alex Crow is a dancer from SF, the United States, and she breathes her way through the world with a very sensitive connection to her body.

Photo: Yvonne Portra

Poem nr 5.

I left your party with a scrunted face

and you may wonder why

But my heart was simply just misplaced

and I did start to cry

when you sang that song the funeral “so long”

That’s when my tears fell down.

30 Poems for Artists: Verena van der Berg

Live Art, Visual Art, Yleinen

In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, in autumn 2014, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.

Today, it is the turn of Verena van der Berg from Netherlands. She is a very perceptive and truly multi-talented artist. She works using her body as a dancer and performer, she makes images – drawings and paintings – and also works with film, installation and ceramics. For her, the world is a place full of beauty and inspiration.

Photo: Joe Pitt

Poem nr. 3

Nicely cuddled inside your softness

you lightfully play,

and gracefully say

things that wake up the dormant –

you are as welcome as a morning.

30 Poems for Artists: Nicole Nigro, dancer and choreographer

Poetry

In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.

Today, it is the turn of Nicole Nigro from Toronto, Canada. She is a dance artist, choreographer and educator who is interested in interdisciplinarity in her work. Her presence as a performer is both delicate and very intense.

Photo by Jennifer Picard.

Poem nr 2.

Nicole Nigro

The voice of yours?

Please, keep on talking

You’re like a good radio voice

to listen while you’re walking

And I tell you, if I was a guy

those eyes would make me shy

so you can walk past me

whenever you want

‘cause you look like a letter

written with a script font