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.

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30 Poems for Artists: Kajanne Pepper

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.
Kaj-anne Pepper is a stunningly talented performer from Oregon, the USA. I had the chance to work with him in Ponderosa for two weeks, experimenting with ideas about creating a performance in a group of four artists. Working with Pepper was such a trip – he gave me a tour in the world of his work as a drag queen, and I hope I got the chance to give something in return. Pepper is a skillful, sensitive and multi-faceted artist, so please stay up to date about what he’s doing!

Your words are fast and your mind is curious

You seem colorful and furious

You do drag and fag and make it all up

by being as cute as an electric pup!

So please give me the lipstick now

so we can be sassy, and the crowd goes: WOW!

30 Poems for Artists: Jonny Rowden

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.

Jonny Rowden is a stunning performer, whose number one strength is his ability to apply his presence to the moment. Whatever he does, he does it with 100% presence, being humble about his skills. His history is full of interesting details, such as working in Brasil – he learnt Portuguese in just a couple of weeks! – and playing football (I think he may say it’s really nothing but I saw him kick the ball like it was his boss’ ass). And he is a chef, too! Stay tuned about Aminal, they make wonderful art, something that moves on the area of theatre but also twists your mind nicely. Tweeting: @_AMINAL

Oh, that blonde hair of yours.

I envy the color of it, of course!

You’re a package with lots

of energy and guts

You’re fun and friendly and cool

and when you see chocolate,

it makes you drool

30 Poems for Artists: Johanna Gilje

Live Art, 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.

Johanna Gilje works with video, installation and performance art. She brings theory and practice together dynamically, engaging you into detailed and inspiring conversations, or maybe a crazy improv dance session with laughter.

Photo: Jonny Rowden

Poem nr. 7

Style and attitude, the grace of a venus

when we jammed, I wish I could have seen us

I like your way,

a city woman with some hay

in the hair

You always play a game that is fair

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: Agnė Auželytė

Live Art

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 Agnė Auželytė, a special Lithuanian lady, a dancer and performer, with a great peculiar sense of humour. Her performances as a musician give the audience a warm and funny feeling, yet they also ooze with deep emotional content. She sings and plays with passion and, for sure, does everything else with passion as well.

Photo by Yoav Admoni.

Poem nr. 4

Could I take those eyes

and frame them

and tame them

and put them on the wall?

The eyebrows would go too

That’s quite well for describing you.

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

30 Poems for Artists: Akseli Aittomäki

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 Akseli Aittomäki from Helsinki, Finland. He is a dance artist and researcher who has a wonderful philosophical approach to his work. Akseli makes dance films and appeared in Ponderosa as a very witty, humorous and thoughtful performer.

Poem nr 1.

Akseli Aittomäki

I like to hand-dance with you.

I bet there is a lot more to do.

If everybody had that spark of yours

There wouldn’t be rains,

There would be pours.