Between Poetry and Performance: Choreopoems with Monica Prince

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Between Poetry and Performance: Choreopoems for Joy with Monica Prince
Saturday, December 19 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm
If poetry and theatre sit on opposite ends of a Venn diagram, performance makes up the overlapping circle. Most specifically, poetry and theatre intersect in the choreopoem, a term coined by Ntozake Shange in 1975 that refers to a choreographed series of poems presented as a play. In this workshop led by Monica Prince, participants will engage with the choreopoem form by discussing what defines a choreopoem, as well as writing performance poems that include dramatic elements such as costuming, stage directions, and physicality. Additionally, you will hear about performance’s capacity for social change and hopefully write something that brings us all a little joy.