MOTION | Playwright | Poet | Screenwriter | Emcee
“Moving the soul, like she rocks the mic, Motion is a true testament to the power of words.” -Toronto Star
MOTION’s aural/sonic works span the realms of word, sound and drama. Her lyrical agility has taken her to the stages of Manifesto, the Caribbean International Literary Festival, Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, CBC Television, Illinois Hip Hop & Punk Feminisms Symposium, Trinidad & Tobago’s Cascadoo Festival and HBO Def Poetry Jam. Her theatrical works have been staged at Factory Theatre, bcurrent’s Rock.Paper.Sistaz Festival, Buzz Festival at Theatre Passe Murialle and Obsidian’s International Black Playwrights Festival.
An alumna of the CFC (Canadian Film Centre) Writer’s Lab, Motion has also been Obsidian Theatre’s Playwright-in-Residence, and a resident of the Banff Centre for the Arts’ Spoken Word and Playwrights Colony, where she developed the dramatic suite 4OUR WOMAN. Her award-winning theatrical production ANEEMAH’S SPOT debuted at Summerworks 2012. She went on write the critically acclaimed site-specific theatrical co-creation NIGHTMARE DREAM (IFT Theatre), which premiered in the TD Then & Now Festival. The 2nd work in the Nightmare Dream trilogy MOTHERLAND, will have its main stage premier in the 2018 Season. Her inter-disciplinary play ORALTORIO: A Theatrical Mixtape with DJ L’Oqenz premiered at Toronto’s Theatre Centre (Riser Project) and was nominated for a Dora Award. Film and TV projects now in in development include SOUNDGIRL, and collaborations AKILLA’S ESCAPE (w/Charles Officer) and PANDORA (w/RT!, Charles Officer, Calum DeHartog).
Motion has been published in her two collections – Motion in Poetry and 40 Dayz (Women’s Press). Her work has also been featured in Give Voice (Playwrights Canada), The Great Black North (Frontenac), and In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (Insomniac). Her latest print feature in The Black Notes, will be released in 2018.
Inspired by her initiation as an artist mentor and music program leader with the legendary Fresh Arts Movement, MotionLive continues developing young and emerging talent through her workshop series in community, creative and educational spaces such as South Africa’s Africa Expo Symposium, Regent Park Film Festival, Tapestry Theatre, the AMY Project, Trinidad & Tobago’s Cascadoo Festival, Toronto Public Library, York University and the TDSB. Motion is writer and facilitator with the Hip Hop Curriculum Project in the newly published Rhymes to Re-Education (A Different Publisher), and currently is course director of Griots to Emcees: Performance, Culture & Spoken Word at York University.