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Travelling Light. A One Woman Show

What is it ?
Travelling Light is  a feast  of  poetic story-telling binding three generations of women, through a gritty and moving autobiographical account of a fractious and touching mother/daughter relationship.
It is a multi- artformed account of a mother, daughter of a Windrush Migrant from the Island of Nevis , who is reunited with her own mother after  60 years of seperation. But it is her daughter, the poet performer who retells this story  through her own eyes and  the mouths of  other ‘factional’ characters who bring the show to dynamic life.

The Inspiration
“The idea for the show came from my life experiences of growing up an only child of a single parent from a scattered Caribbean family circumstance in North London. On our first trip to the island of Nevis in August 2009, we discovered that my mothers mother had been living for the past 45 years in the South East of London. She’s 82 and still alive. Incredible. ” – Zena Edwards

The Performance
Travelling light is a docu-poem unfolding the moving autobiographical story, the show unpacks the paradoxes that  haunt and  challenge gender definition and role playing in society. Through the crafts of poetry/spoken word, visuals, song, movement and blogging, Zena Edwards propels the audience through a time warp of evolution  in Womanhood, touching on themes of  sex, domestic violence,  love relationships, race, illusion and  the dreams and aspirations of a young  woman though some of the most challenging eras of modern Womanhood.

Travelling Light  & ©V:iD
TL’s multi-artform  delivery and the universal nature of it’s content is a good example of the kind of work that adheres to ©V:iD  mission.  The R&D stages of TL involves participartory workshops and  collaborations with other in the UK and internationally artists.

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HKB Finn and Leeto Thale – Conversations performances

The objective of Conversation performances is to expose an audience to a high quality musical, spoken word and visual experience. How? True to any conversation, the freedom to contribute with an opinion on a theme allows the audience to be taken on a genuine journey as poets, visual artists, musicians and dancers respond to each other; with movement, lyricism, instrumental soloing and selective imaging.

Also, our shows work in a way where an organic dialogue between the artists on stage and the audience create a sense of community. Using clever poetic and musical gaming the audience becomes integrated into the performance itself. Don’t be afraid. You’ll be enjoying the vibe. You won’t even know its happening.

Importantly, many professional artists are constantly looking for places to develop and generate work they can add to their repertoire. Conversations provides them with a rehearsal space to experiment new work with others and a platform to share. Its important to stress that the artistic emphasis of Conversations is to explore creative process, enhance the collaborative relationship between the art forms and generate new and exciting work.
However, from a commercial perspective, the process in performance is the product. Sounds risky, but that’s why it works!

Albany Conversations: It’s My Life, Innit? – Sept 2009

REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK

“… there is true complicity between all the performers on
the stage and the excitement of the unexpected is electric. As an audience you feel that a space has opened up for true dialogue, a real exchange of passions and ideas… What emerges is a new artform, that is not quite song, not quite poetry, not quite jazz but the point where all three meet in conversation.”

Antonia Windsor, journalist for The Guardian newspaper

“Thought provoking, relevant, and a great way to spend a Friday evening.”

“Creative and Fun!”

“Original and exciting, great vibe.”

“Great concept, perfectly executed.”

“The vibe , the respect, the poetical and musical talent, the incredible improv, this is the most brilliant night!”

“Inspirational and then some.”

“Brilliant mixture of very talented people.”

“Nice Vibe, innovative performances and audience participation.”

“Everybody worked as a team and ended up producing some real, beautiful art.”

“The talent filled me up with the food of music and poetry of Love.”

“Liked the freestyle, the combination of music, spoken word and audience involvement.”

” It wasn’t just a poetry event, it felt more like a poetry/song performance and I liked the fluidity.”

” I love spoken word and this was a well put together production.”

“Great, creative teamwork on stage that still engaged the audience.”

“Inspiring, dynamic and expressive.”

“Refreshing, inspiring, entertaining.”

“Interesting and stimulating.”

“To put poetry and music like that was great to hear.”

” Excellent performances and good ideas.”

– Audience Responses


Security – A one Woman Showdown

Z_cam“SECURITY” is a comical and moving tale of unexpected friendship which confronts the issue of security and identity through a fusion of performance poetry, hip hop theatre, movement and song. It’s the chaotic stories of four ordinary characters, four extraordinary people with stories of resilience and evolution. They live in Tottenham but their stories could be about any inner city areas such as London, Handsworth, Liverpool.

In 2009, I was commissioned by The Battersea Arts Centre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Apples and Snakes Poetry Organisation to write a show pushing the boundaries of poetry in performance. It took nearly 2 years to write as I had to learn what it meant to come out from behind a microphone as a poet and fill a whole theatre space with the presence of characters i was also responsible for incanting.

Metamorphing between characters, using clever dialogue and challenging myself as a performer and writer, I fused poetic language to a fast-paced and intensely stirring monologue to delivery an engaging one hour five minute show.  Post shows, I’d have people telling me they forgot I was a woman when I played the male parts because they were so engrossed in the story. I had to offer tissues for tears.

The Participation work has held the most drama for me, as photography, writing and telling stories are may passion and enabling others to tell their stories is just as satisfying is creating my own.

Find out more about the Security participation.

“Security” is a concept that unites what is real and what is imagined. The entire project includes a book, a film, a workshop program, a forum, a journey.”

Reviews

“As a performer and writer, Zena Edwards takes storytelling into the twenty-first century.” –  Sara Hirsh, Pure Poetry

“Edwards is a superb performer, equally at ease as an elderly Caribbean man, as a would-be teenage MC, Ayleen, or as a lonely 47-year-old Palestinian photographer, Mahmoud.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“I was kind of expecting it to be good and technically impressive.
Well, it’s much better than good – I’d say that if you are interested in spoken word, poetry, story-telling, theatre and or performance arts in general, this is pretty much essential viewing. I laughed and I did cry and moments from the show come back to me with relevance and intensity and I think they will for a long time to come.” – Francesca Beard

For more online reviews, click

www.afridiziak.com/theatrenews/reviews/review-security

www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/security

~ Zena

Zena Edwards is “Raising Game” – EP Xtra

Due to popular demand, ©V:iD brings you Zena Edwards collection of poetry and music in “Raising Game” extended EP.

“This is a selection of my favourite spoken word and music collaborations over time . I’m proud of them all and thought it was time to have them compiled so I  can look back on them as a  personal legacy  as I move into 2012. I’m have some brilliant collaborations in the pipeline so I’m  very excited. The title raising game is to remind myself that I although this  is a selection I am proud of, I expect much more from my creativity in the near future. I feel I have more to offer.”Zena Edwards

You can go to Bandcamp have a listen and download the extended EP of 9 quality tracks for £7 or download individual tracks for your selective listening pleasure. Your feedback is most welcome please email at conversationsvid@gmail.com  to leave feedback  and to get on the mailing lists for all her performances and creative projects as well as links to poetry and music downloads, links to blogs sites. Enjoy!

Security goes to Japan

Security- the Woman Show in the Shizuoka Theatre Festival 2010. Making history. The first UK show EVER to be performed at this prestigious theatre fest.

Honoured.

Security – The Film

Making  the Security, the live performance film was a truly inspiring part of the project and an exciting venture to undertake. The innovative Gary Tanner whose vision of performance and theatre opened my eyes to the multi-dimensional possibilities of spoken word and film. Yet again “Security” was a tool to inspire. We called a super talented young film maker Peter Nwabuokei to take part in the filming day and it was an intense and fulfilling day for all. The collaboration was a brilliant.

LAB SESSIONS and TECH RUN for TO INTIMACY

Present: Maxwell Golden, HKB Finn, Zena, Matt and Kelly, Nigel, Rapahel, Jon Speedy, Thebe, Ben, Jason Yarde, Leeto Thale.

Everyone came in ready with a zingy energy to create and we began with a jam session in which the theme tune for the night came about. Thanks to a freestyle from our emerging spoken word artist Raphael Blake. “Intimacy- we’re getting into it!”

From this point the  exploration of the theme began. Many people spoke about how hard they found it talking about intimacy- just where to start –  but as we progressed  using rhythm exercises, word games breaking off into duos and experimenting with hot-seating, people found rhythmic and lyrical ways  to take themselves out of their comfort zones using their craft to explore the theme. Freestyle also meant there were no rules or set etiquette for how artists spoke about it.

One exercise involved a duo between a poet and a musician. Some really intimate work came through this exercise and also inspired us to look at how we could make creative use of the Albany performance space. What was exciting was observing poets and musicians dotted around the building and the Albany garden adding a vibrancy of the building with the sparks of creativity around them.  Talking, experimenting, blitzing the possibilities.

Jason Yarde not only brought his numerous saxphones but brought sampling gadgets galore and was tweaking this and blipping that and the journey of intimacy into the future was under way. Ben on bass had a very calm grounding effect to the session. Cheryl on drums stepped in at the last minute and brought a solid yet feminine feel to the sessions.

Kelly and Matt had a couple of technical issues with the lighting  as the film drew needed more light to do their job but with negotiation  a happy medium was finally met. By the end of each day, everyone had a good idea of what they would be performing on the day.

When it came to the tech and dress run everyone was on tender hooks a little, feeling the pressure of the conflict of the show being structured and free at the same time but then as the day progressed it became clear that the faith in the free flow energy of  “conversating” (if that’s word) using our art forms and the new language devised form the fusion of our art forms would bring the whole performance to life.

THE NEXT SHOW – TO INTIMACY AND BEYOND

CONVERSATIONS @ THE ALBNAY: 24TH SEPT ’09

THE NEXT CONVERSATIONS PROJECT: TO INTIMACY AND BEYOND

Its been in the making for the last 5 months. The great thing about To Intimacy is the investment that everyone involved has dedicated so much to make it a blinding event.

The technical team at the Albany have been on board form the top and have a fantastic lighting, stage and sound design. So big thanks to Fiona, Ben and Dave.

Sophie Brady is the right lung of the project. As the producer of To Intimacy her input has been priceless as her belief in the project in its entirety. Sophie has embraced the projects big picture objective and of the possibilities for participants who want to explore their creativity through “Conversations”.
Today we had a tech meeting and everyone is starting to feel the excitement of the night. It’s going to be special….
intimacy flyer hard copy back

©V:iD – Conversations: Verse In Dialog

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What we do.
We create. We collaborate. We advise and mentor. We celebrate.

©V:iD (or seevid) is an artist-led grassroots social enterprise arts and consultation company producing arts initiatives, arts  in education projects and artists support.  providing creative services rooted in Live Writing and  the Spoken Word in collaboration and dialog with other art forms such as film, dance and visual art. As an organisation, its mission extends to artist embedded community engagement and  inter-generational creative campaigning and Arts Activism.

©V:iD provides a bridging service between institutional and alternative arts education platforms

©V:iD places equal value on process as much as on production output

©V:iD is dedicated to the arts, as tools for  exploring equality, social justice and sustainability.

©V:iD’s core strategies are promote the building of bridges between cultures, generations and communities.

©V:iD values the next generation or re-imaginators, visionaries and artists, and  offer artists mentoring,  inter-generational arts project development and ‘diversity in the arts’ project consultancy in an evolving arts climate.

How we work
By harnessing the innovative inter-generational power within communities through the arts and concept of reigniting, emboldening and regeneration community spirit

by offering pedagogical insights into learning about literature and art forms such as movement and visual media as learning tools engaging with the world at large.

by evaluating and logging current creative conversations being had in and about the arts industry, its infrastructure and culture and ‘diversity policy in practice’.

by  re-inforcing the sustainability of the results of all ‘bridge work’, i.e the valuing the models formulated form processes of combining art forms from, by and for diverse groups and communities of all backgrounds age groups and abilities.

by being a cultural producer and supporter of storytelling and the stories we live by’ to highlight, contribute to and champion local and global  movements toward equality and justice

The Mission Statement

  • to champion positive change though the arts
  • to use all artistic devices of storytelling as alternative and supplementary education
  • to raise awareness and forge new narratives through the arts
  • to create crucial and necessary space for the arts to flourish  for re-imagining an equal world
  • to create crucial and necessary space for the arts to serve community in a focused and sustainable way

CV:iD is an all inclusive organisation.

 

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