[SLOTKIN LETTER REVIEW] ORALTORIO: A THEATRICAL MIXTAPE

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“Oraltorio, A Theatrical Mixtape is compelling, throbbing and pulsating with life.”

The wondrous Motion tells in rap, hip hop and popping poetry black history from slavery to fist in the air, emphasising Black Lives Matter always. Motion is constantly in motion emoting emotion and passion, her words are pointed and crisp in the microphone, no mic-drop here. The whole show is a “BOOM.”

Aiding and abetting, laid-back and cool is DJ L’Oqenz, who is eloquent in turning the turntables, creating sound that pulses and pricks the air, underscoring the poetry that pricks the brain and heart.

Mumbi Tindyebwa directs with the ebb and flow of liquid, never jarring, always enhancing.

Read full review at slotkinletter.com.

 

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REVIEW: ORALTORIO: AN AMBITIOUSLY DIFFERENT MIXTAPE OF MUSIC, POETRY & THEATRE

1 web“Tell them we’re coming,” Motion loudly proclaims to the audience; and indeed, you need to know these two talented women are coming your way. Channeling the personas of BGirls to blues women and everything in between, Motion and L’Oqenz perform masterfully and with an honesty that makes their performance personal and moving… The true theatricality of the show lies with the innovative production elements used to transform the space. With such a simple set of only a few white boxes and hanging sections as a backdrop, the lighting (designed by Andre du Toit) and video projections (designed by Ramon Charles) easily transport audiences into the world of the show and create an impressive stage picture that is both compelling and complementary to the overall production.”        -Alexandra Caprara, The Theatre Reader

Read the full Review at TheTheatreReader.com.

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“Oraltorio is as insightful as it is magical!” – Review

ORALTORIO EXPLORES HISTORY AND IDENTITY THROUGH MUSIC, ON STAGE AT THE THEATRE CENTRE IN TORONTO

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photo: Zahra Siddiqui

“With the sound mixed live and the frequent use of projections, this piece is technically complex, but the execution is so seamless that everything feels immediate and organic. It’s actually quite amazing just how smoothly it all flows. This feels so off-the-cuff and yet director Mumbi Tindyebwa has crafted perfectly realized moments where body, voice, soundscape and background imagery align with masterful precision.”

Read the full review on MOONEYONTHEATRE.COM

Oraltorio: a Theatrical Mixtape featuring Motion and DJ L’Oqenz is presented by The RISER Project, April 29 – May 12, 2016 at The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. West – Tickets: Regular $20 | Youth (under 25) $10 –  Available at TICKETS.THEATRECENTRE.ORG

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MOTION TALKS JAY Z’S DECODED & DALTON HIGGINS RAP N ROLL ON CBC RADIO

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photo: Zahra Siddiqui

MOTION is a columnist on CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers, reviewing everything from the Anthology of Rap to Carolyn Cooper’s Global Reggae. With an eye and ear to literary mash ups, she now compares Jay Z’s Decoded and Rap N Roll: Pop Culture Darkly Stated by Dalton Higgins. Read an excerpt below, and listen to her latest interview on CBC.

“Toronto’s own Dalton Higgins is a journalist and longtime music writer as well as a pop culture theorist and a cultural curator. I’d call him a “freelance forecaster” too, because he really has always looked at what’s the next step, what’s the future. It’s Toronto, and the space of Toronto really plays in every page of this book. He talks about writing on the TTC, about being a black father who is raising a daughter who’s growing up taking the digital age for granted and him now being this bridge between these two worlds, the analogue and the digital. I’d call it a literary remix of style, and that’s how it connects to Jay Z’s book. It’s part essay collection, part memoir, part creative nonfiction and even kind of a Toronto travelogue.”

LISTEN HERE! http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2687205768

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#ORALTORIO OPENS ON APRIL 29TH, TORONTO!

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#ORALTORIO: a Theatrical MiXtape PREMIERS AT RISER 2016!!

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DJ L’Oqenz & Motion write, mix & feature in #ORALTORIO            photo: Zahra Siddiqui

Oraltorio: a Theatrical Mixtape
April 29 to May 12 2016 at Theatre Centre

#ORALTORIO: a Theatrical Mixtape is a coming of age story that traces the personal and collective journey of Northside-born girls-to-women as they grapple with identity, migrate through their histories, and manifest their lineages through ancient, contemporary, and Afro-futuristic soundscapes; finding the multi-layered voices of the B Girl and the DJ, as the traditional storyteller and drummer are reborn in their beats and rhymes.

#ORALTORIO riffs on a spoken word suite and a musical mixtape, fusing the worlds of an emcee/poet, DJ/composer and theatre director. Directed by MUMBI TINDYEBWA of It’s a Freedom Thing (ift) Theatre, ORALTORIO is written by MOTION (playwright/ performer), with sound design and composition by DJ L’OQENZ (producer/DJ). Choreography is by ROGER C. JEFFREY.

Oraltorio: a Theatrical MiXtape is produced by MotionLive Collective, ift Theatre and Dave Crawford of Newace Entertainment.

Oraltorio is presented as part of the RISER Project 2016, a collaborative producing model by Why Not Theatre.

The new work brings together an an amazing team of inter-artistic talent that includes: Saccha Dennis (Assistant Director), Mel Hague (Dramaturge), Tara Mohan (Stage Manager), Mariuxi Zambrano (Costume Designer), Jackie Chau (Set & Props Designer), David Meshia (Associate Sound Designer), Ramon Charles (Video Designer), Remington North (Associate Video Designer), Andrew du Toit (Lighting Designer), Jeff Jones (Production Manager), Grace Phan (Production Assistant),  and Suzanna Derewicz (Social Media Manager).

TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

Theatre Centre – 1115 Queen St. West, Toronto
Ph: 416-534-9261
Box Office: 416-538-0988
boxoffice@theatrecentre.org

Performance Schedule:
April-29-16 Preview 8:30pm
April-30-16 Opening 9:30pm (Sold Out!)
May-01-16 Performance 1:30pm
May-03-16 Performance 7:30pm
May-04-16 Performance 7:30pm
May-05-16 Performance 7:30pm
May-06-16 Performance 7:30pm
May-07-16 Performance 1:30 pm & 7:30pm
May-09-16 Performance 7:30pm
May-10-16 Performance 7:30pm
May-11-16 Performance 7:30pm
May-12-16 Performance 10:45pm

For Press & Inquiries contact: info@motionlive.com

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MOTION TEACHES NEW COURSE AT YORK UNIVERSITY – FALL 2016

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York University presents Culture & Expression Research Seminar 2016:

The Culture & Expression program invites you to join its Research Seminar- Griots to Emcees: Examining Culture, Performance and Spoken Word – with poet and playwright MOTION.
 
MOTON – Toronto poet, playwright & screenwriter will be performing her aural/sonic works, exploring how spoken word is both political manifesto and embodied cultural expressions : ” power to define yourself, and power to give voice, to tell your own story and not have your story told for you or to you.”
 
When: March 23, 2016 @ 4 pm – 6 pm  Where: 010 Vanier College
Contact: Culture & Expression Program, York University
photo credit: Storehouse Media
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MOTION JOINS PAN AFRICAN POETS ON BADILISHA POETRY X-CHANGE

Motion_badilisha-400x300Badilisha Poetry X-Change is the largest online collective of African poets on the planet! Both an online audio archive & Pan-African poetry show delivered in radio format, Badilisha has showcased and archived over 350 Pan-African poets from 24 different countries. It reflects the myriad of rhythms and rhymes, voices, perspectives and aspirations from all corners of the globe.

Toronto-based, Caribbean-rooted spoken word poet MOTION joins renowned poets from across the Diaspora.  From South Africa to Ghana, Canada to the Mozambique, Somalia and Zimbabwe to the UK, Badilisha is where international poets meet and showcase their creations in audio and print. Helmed by South African writer and poet Linda Kaoma, Badilisha features the works and profiles of such poets as Somali-UK’s Warsan Shire, Canada’s d’bi young, Titolope of Nigeria and USA’s Mahogany L. Browne. Representing word & sound Northside to Worldwide! >> @badilishapoetry 

*photo credit: Zahra Siddiqui

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SNEAK PREVIEW! ORALTORIO A THEATRICAL MIXTAPE @ RHUBARB FEST 2016

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FEBRUARY 20th 2016 – Special Sneak Preview of ORALTORIO: a THEATRICAL MIXTAPE feat. MOTION & DJ L’OQENZ! Directed by MUMBI TINDYEBWA, experience this aural/visual mash up of word, sound & drama at Toronto’s hotbed of experimentation, Canada’s longest-running new works festival – Rhubarb 2016 – which returns for a 37th year. With artists exploring new possibilities in theatre, dance, music, and performance art, Rhubarb is the place to see the most adventurous ideas in performance and to catch your favourite artists venture into uncharted territory. Presented by MOTIONLIVE COLLECTIVE & IFT THEATRE. Rhubarb Special presentation @ In The Chamber, 10 PM, 12 Alexander St, Toronto // M4Y1B4. TICKETS ON SALE NoW!  

photo credit: Amber Williams King

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HEADSPACE ROTATES EP. 5 TRIBUTE TO SON OF S.O.U.L

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artwork by Sara Golish 2015

HEADSPACE ROTATES Tributes our brother Son Of S.O.U.L. Rest in Beats.

Hosted by Motion | Selections By DJ L’Oqenz | Mixed by Zoé SoundMind of AFIME arts
HeadSpace Rotates is now on Girth Radio, TOronto.

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