NEW OPERA #MOTHERLAND GETS SET FOR PREMIER IN 2017

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MOTHERLAND is an interdisciplinary theatre work conceived & directed by MUMBI TINDYEBWA, written by MOTION and composed by DAVID MESIHA.  Featuring a cast of seven women’s voice, MOTHERLAND explores the African mother’s encounter with the ‘other’ from historical realties to modern day phenomenon of international adoption.

From it’s sold-out workshop production during the 2014 BAND/TD Then & Now Festival, to it’s extensive theatrical development in conjunction with Toronto’s renowned Obsidian Theatre Company,  this site-specific opera brings together powerful collaborators from the worlds of theatre, music, dance and multi-media.

Join us for the final workshop presentation of MOTHERLAND as we gear up for our premier production in 2017!

RSVP here http://evite.me/7gTMNZ8HsA for our special presentation on Sunday September 19th, 2016 at KABIN, 11 Carlaw, Unit 6, Toronto, 4:30 PM. SPACE IS LIMITED.

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MOTION TEACHES NEW SPOKEN WORD COURSE AT YORK UNIVERSITY THIS FALL

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Poet, playwright & spoken word artist MOTION joins the Faculty of the Culture and Expression  Program at York University and launches her debut course. GRIOTS TO EMCEES: Culture, Performance and Spoken Word, explores the form, function and content of Spoken Word, in terms of language, rhythm, historical developments, social- political contexts, as well as key artists of poetry, rap, dub, slam, lyricism and spoken word as live and direct purveyors of culture. Students examine performance as text and artist/creator narratives, commentaries and cultural discourse, and survey the continuum through African storytelling traditions to contemporary global evolutions of lyricism and spoken word. Students will explore the various modes of aural dissemination – the stage, the page, audio recording, theatre, film and digital media – and analyze orality and voice as tools of cultural affirmation and resistance. The course includes a writing/performance intensive component.

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NORTHERN GRIOTS NETWORK HEADS TO GHANA!

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VOCAL Canadian Spoken Word Poets Visit Ghana for Arts Festivals in August 2016

The Northern Griots Network (NGN) and Inkfluent are proud to announce the visit by the VOCAL team of Canadian spoken word poets to Accra, Ghana for the Nkabom Literary Festival (Aug. 14-17) and Chale Wote Street Art Festival (Aug. 18-21).

The visit represents a groundbreaking collaboration for the spoken word community in both Ghana and Canada. The VOCAL team includes leading figures in the Canadian spoken word movement, with backgrounds in Barbados, Trinidad, Guyana, Antigua, and Jamaica. Inkfluent and Chale Wote are the pre-eminent producers of innovative spoken word and multi-arts events in Ghana.

VOCAL stands for “Voices of Canadian Artists Linked,” and is the first Canadian-African collaboration in an NGN series of exchanges since 2013 that include initiatives in Jamaica (Jamaican Poetry Festival), Trinidad and Tobago (Cascadoo Festival), and Canada (South-North Griots Summit in Toronto). Along with a performance of the hit theatre/music piece Oraltorio at Chale Wote on Aug.21, and a spoken word feature at Inkfluent’s Vocal Portraits show on Aug. 17, the visiting artists will deliver an Aug. 16 workshop at University of Ghana, and meet Ghanaian artists for dialogue/networking.

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“As artists of Caribbean and African heritage, our team is looking forward to linking with Ghanaian artists and audiences in the spirit of exchange and exploration of contemporary and future currents in African and pan-African culture,” noted NGN National Coordinator, Anthony Bansfield. “Added Inkfluent Director, Kwame Write, “We are tremendously excited to have these accomplished, internationally celebrated artists visit Ghana, and we see this initiative as the beginning of a fruitful partnership for artists from both nations.”

Featured Artists

DJ L’Oqenz: DJ, beatmaker, composer of critically acclaimed ‘Theatrical MiXtape,’ Oraltorio

Dwayne Morgan: Music Award winning spoken word artist of Jamaican origin, author

Eddy DaOriginalOne: Beatbox poet extraordinaire, poet, and Trinidadian story-teller

Manchilde: Dancehall reggae/hip-hop MC, video artist/videographer/director

Motion: CBC Canadian Slam Champion, award-winning playwright, hip-hop MC

nth digri: Rapso/dub poet, Ottawa Slam Champion, recording artist, spoken word activist

For information on VOCAL: northerngriotsnetwork.com or facebook.com/southnorthGriots

For information on program/tickets, please visit Nkabom Literary Festival on Facebook and the Chale Wote website at accradotaltradio.com

Inkfluent is the biggest poetry movement in Ghana with thousands of followers across the country. Inkfluent runs Slam Ghana, an annual poetry competition festival for senior high school students, as well as The Write Experience, an art festival which involves the fusion of poetry, live music, contemporary dance, graffiti and short films. As well, Inkfluent runs several open mic shows, and has released a series of audio poetry compilations. For more information, contact Kwame Write at kwamewrite@gmail.com

The Northern Griots Network (NGN) is a collective of Canadian spoken word artists that networks spoken word poets and presenters. They also connect spoken word artists internationally to stimulate artistic growth, increase opportunities for spoken word worldwide, and support social engagement and advancement. VOCAL’s visit to Ghana is coordinated by the NGN, and supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. For more information, contact Anthony Bansfield at nthdigri@gmail.com

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THE 49 LIST!!

IFT Theatre‘s NIGHTMARE DREAM, written by MOTION and conceived/directed by MUMBI TINDYEBWA joins 49 women playwrights & theatre creators on Fu-Gen Theatre’s THE49LIST.com!!

THE LIST
1. HOW BLACK MOTHERS SAY I LOVE YOU
by trey anthony

2. COMPLEX
by rebecca applebaum

3. EVERY LETTER COUNTS
by nina lee aquino

4. REFUGEE HOTEL
by carmen aguirre

5.THE MAKING OF ST JEROME
by marie beath badian

6. SISTAHS
by maxine bailey and sharon lewis

7. MISS JULIE: SHEH’MAH
by tara beagan

8. THE FLOOD
by leah-simone bowen

9. THIRSTY
by dionne brand

10. HANA HASHIMOTO: SIXTH VIOLIN
by jessica carmichael

11. NANKING WINTER
by marjorie chan

12. THE UNNATURAL AND ACCIDENTAL WOMEN
by marie clements

13. UP THE GARDEN PATH
by lisa codrington

14. FANCY DANCER
by dawn dumont

15. CALPURNIA
by audrey dwyer

16. WISE WOMAN OF ABYSSINIA
by rebecca fisseha

17.HEAVEN
by cheryl foggo

18. ANGELIQUE
by lorena gale

19. THE TRIPLE TRUTH
by the turtle gals performance ensemble

20. KILT PINS
by catherine hernandez

21. ALL OUR YESTERDAYS
by chloe hung

22. BINTI’S JOURNEY
by marcia johnson

23. TWO INDIANS
by falen johnson

24. LEO
by rosa laborde

25. THEY CALL ME PRINCESS
by jani lauzon

26. ALBUMEN
by mishka lavigne

27. SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT
by anita majumdar

28. THE ENCHANTED LOOM
by suvendrini lena

29. NIGHTMARE DREAM
by motion | conceived by mumbi tindyebwa

30. A VERY POLITE GENOCIDE OR THE GIRL WHO FELL TO EARTH
by melanie j. murray

31. JOB’S WIFE
by yvette nolan

32. THREE FINGERED JACK & THE LEGEND OF JOAQUIN MURIETA
by marilo nunez

33. THE RED PRIEST
by mieko ouchi

34. SISTER MARY’S A DYKE?!
by flerida peña

35. MADRE
by bea pizano

36. RÉUNIR
by pj prudat

37. MOTHER TONGUE
by betty quan

38. NEVER THE LAST
by christine quintana

39. BROTHEL #9
by anusree roy

40. THE ADVENTURES OF A BLACK GIRL IN SEARCH OF GOD
by djanet sears

41. THE HAPPY PLACE
by pamela sinha

42. MUD
by makambe simambe

43. CONJUGAL
by donna-michelle st. bernard

44. VENUS’ DAUGHTER
by meaghan swaby

45. ANDROGYNE
by d’bi young

46. A SONG FOR TOMORROW
by christina wong

47. MIXIE AND THE HALFBREEDS
by adrienne wong and julie tamiko manning

48. HONGBU AND NOLBU: THE TALE OF THE MAGIC PUMPKINS
by jean yoon

49. WHO KNEW GRANNIE: A DUB ARIA
by ahdri zhina mandiela

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[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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“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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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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