Between Poetry and Performance: The Language You Live In with Takeo RiveraSaturday, January 23, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Live interactive workshop held via Zoom. (run time: 90 minutes)
The poet Sekou Sundiata once said, “the language you live in is where your poetry is.” Incidentally, that is also where theater lives, as well; as poet-playwrights such as Ntozake Shange, Cherríe Moraga, Velina Hasu Houston, and many others have brilliantly demonstrated, poetic theater is a powerful, potent performance form. Join English professor, playwright, and former slam poet Takeo Rivera for an exploration of the choreopoem theatrical form, its contours of vulnerability, and its potential for connection.
This interactive workshop is open to participants of all levels. The workshop will be held on Zoom. Space is limited. Participants should have writing utensils, an internet connection, and headphones. Participants will receive the meeting link in a reminder email in the days preceding this workshop. There is no cost to attend.
Takeo Rivera is a playwright and assistant professor of English at Boston University. His play Goliath: A Choreopoem has been performed in New York, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Other works that have received either full production or staged readings include R&L, Feminist Valhalla, Prometheus Nguyen, The Will to Knowledge, Die Soon, Global Sweating, and TAMALES. His academic book in progress, Model Minority Masochism: Asian American Masculinity and the Perversities of Racial Form, focuses on Asian American cultural production, performance, and sexuality across a range of media, and is currently on contract with Oxford University Press. He is a former faculty fellow at Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center, and prior to attaining his PhD, Rivera worked as a rape crisis advocate, counselor, and educator in San Jose, CA.
Between Poetry and Performance is a virtual workshop series curated by Paloma Sierra, Emerging Poet Laureate of Allegheny County. The series invites writers of all experience levels to reimagine poetry through theater and film. How can these two mediums help us reclaim our voices, speak our minds, and connect with others? How do we push our words into motion, and thrust poetry towards action?