Journées de la culture: Poetry Slam at the Musée

    Slam outside the frame at the Musée d'art contemporain
    September 30, 2007, from 2 to 4 p.m.

    MONTREAL, Sept. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Words break free of the works in the
exhibition De l'écriture/With Writing, now on at the Musée. In the mouths of
slam poets Mario Cholette, Carl Bessette and Ivan Bielinski (IVY), these words
come alive and, in the process, fire our imaginations too. A unique adventure
featuring a variety of sound environments, asides and lively performances, in
the spirit and letter of the slam.
    The slam breathes fresh life into traditional poetry readings, gives
words new vitality and puts performance front and centre. A full-fledged
oratorical genre, the slam has become a phenomenon with media and public
alike, wherever it has taken hold. And for good reason. Faced with an audience
that votes on their performance, slammers must apply poetic strategies to win
the listeners over, without the benefit of any props, music or costumes, and
within a strict time limit of no more than three minutes. The winner is
selected by judges chosen at random from among the audience members.
    You could say the slam democratizes poetry and returns it to its roots by
submitting it to popular approval. The hermetic literary genre of poetry
becomes a spectacular, oral event when set on stage. "In poetry, the audience
must step into the poet's world. In a slam, it's the slammer who draws us in,"
says Ivan Bielinski.
    Free activity for all, with family or friends.
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