July 16, 8pm
@ The Apartment
This July, The Apartment is celebrating ‘Poets Theatre’ by organizing a festival of sorts through the final, heated weeks of the month.
Inspired partly by the recent release of The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theatre 1945-1985, we have invited a stellar group of poet types to play the part and put their work out on our stage.
To open our festivities we are thrilled to host a reading with Kevin Killian and Dodie Bellamy. Please join us at the gallery to welcome these belle letterists from San Francisco.
Killian will be reading from new book TWEAKY VILLAGE (Wonder Books). TWEAKY VILLAGE, Killian’s third book of poetry, takes a cold eye on the supercharged gentrification in his adopted city, San Francisco, while continuing to search for signs of hope in the unfolding career of his muse, pop singer Kylie Minogue (“The Lo-comotion,” etc).
Bellamy will read from her new book THE TV SUTRAS (Ugly Duckling). TV SUTRAS unfolds in two parts, a collection of 78 sutras garnered from propitious appeals to the remote control, and then a memoir/essay/fiction in which Bellamy explores all the cults she’s been in, past and present, to a delirious climax.
Poets Theatre Festival
Wednesday, July 16, 8pm
Festival Opening with a special guest reading by
Kevin Killian and Dodie Bellamy
July 17 – 19
Performances Sat 19, 8pm
Poets Theatre Intensive with Kevin Killian and Dodie Bellamy
in collaboration with The Capilano Review
“We're going to write a series of short ten minute plays, rewrite them, cast them, stage them, direct them, panic about them, cut those terrible slow first ten minutes from them, and then on Saturday night we'll deliver a fully participatory, multimedia extravaganza like Peter Brook or Robert Wilson might do if they had only a tiny budget and actors better at being poets than stars. But as Aleister Crowley said, in Vancouver, "The joy of life consists in the exercise of one's energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die." All welcome to participate—every man and every woman is a star.”
Lot, a special installation by Tiziana La Melia will act as a theatrical environment to play in.
La Melia’s recent works fall under the loose rubric of Purple Poses and “come out of my research on decreation, dropouts, and disappearances; it is an extension of my research on the affect of illness, in a broad sense, and emerges out of research on figures such as Karen Carpenter, Janis Joplin, Emmy Hennings, and Mark Twain's Aquarium Club.”
Sunday July 20, 3pm
Ian Wallace: Artist Talk and Discussion
Ian Wallace, British Art Award, 2014, Inkjet print, 24 x 19.25"
In conjunction with the exhibition Reading Works: Matthew Higgs and Ian Wallace, we will host an afternoon talk and discussion by Vancouver artist Ian Wallace.
Sunday July 27, 3pm
War Wounds: An evening of Short Plays by Poets
organized by Dorothy Trujillo Lusk
Maxine Gadd is a long time resident and participant in the cultural/political communities of Vancouver's Downtown East Side. Her books include "Lost Language," "Backup to Babylon," and "Subway under Byzantium."
Danielle La France is the author of "Species Branding" and "Pink Slip." She is the Co-curator, with Anahita Jamalirad, of "About a Bicycle" a reading/discussion group and journal.
Patrick Morrison is a writer, thinker, lifter and brewery driver who lives on occupied Coast Salish Territories.
Thursday July 31, 8pm
Poets Theatre DOUBLE BILL
Artist Poetry curated by Tatiana Mellema
Tiziana le Melia, Class room (private eyes), gouache on linen, 44" x 27"
An evening of Artist Poetry presents new works by Vancouver-based Tiziana La Melia, Kate Moss, Donato Mancini, and others, whose practices explore the intersections between visual arts and poetry. These presentations will include poetic events that respond to the performative, open-ended, site-specific and provisional nature of 'Poets Theatre' in the context of the local arts community.
Jack Spicer's Young Goodman Brown (1946)
Produced by Michael Turner
Discovered amongst his papers in 2004, Jack Spicer's 1946 student adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1835 allegorical tale of Christians and witches in New England is, according to the professor he submitted it to, "the most successful dramatization of the story that could be achieved" -- "the form is almost exactly that of the formal stasimon-episode alternation, and I think I detect the pathos scene, the catastrophe and the lamentation."
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