Express Yourself!

"Microphones" {Subsculpture 10} by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

“Microphones” {Subsculpture 10} by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Drawing upon a decade of experience, I’m excited to be offering up my first Express Yourself! Spoken Wordshop Series in Victoria through January and February of 2014.  Drawing from firsthand experience attending and facilitating workshops through the years, I have devised a course that will provide easy access to the most neophyte of newcomers to spoken word, while offering exercises and insights into the process and its possibilities that will benefit any/every level of experience:

Week 1 :: INTRODUCTIONS & EXPLICATIONS :: Get to know the group, our goals and get comfortable in the space. Improv-based games and light writing exercises will ease us into gear.

Week 2 :: WORDS & SOUNDS :: Here we’ll dig a little deeper into some meatier stuff, expanding into sounds beyond words and exploring poem types and tropes.

Week 3 :: IMITATIONS & RIFFS :: Not only a great form of flattery, but an excellent chance to explore other voices and styles. In humour, seriousness, both or neither.

Week 4 :: COLLABORATIVE WRITING :: With a stronger foundation in our individual voices we’ll now explore means of writing and performing in pairs.

Week 5 :: PERFORMING THE HELL OUT OF IT :: A performance intensive, taking what we’ve written and bringing it to life onstage – exploring dynamism and dissonance in order to find our comfort.

Week 6 :: MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT :: Here we add a whole new level to our spoken word, exploring how it intermingles with music. Guest musician TBA.

Express Yourself! is set to take place from 6pm-8pm Monday evenings at the Fernwood Community Association boardroom from January 20th through February 24th, at a cost of $125* for the six weeks. This course is open to any and all interested parties with no prerequisites.

If you would like to register, or have any questions, please send me an email.

shayne avec i grec is a two-time M Award nominee for Victoria’s Favourite Spoken Word Artist, the Poet Laureate of the Brandon Folk, Music & Art Festival, one of 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac and a representative of The Dambassadors. He has been writing and performing poetry for over a decade, and touring to do so for over eight years. He is also a facilitator for the Victoria Poetry Project’s Raising Voices program, which puts poets in schools throughout Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

*…if $125 is cost-prohibitive for your participation, some subsidization is available, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line – I’d rather have you join than not.



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