Last night’s performance of Five Directions in Portland felt so amazing. My poems flew away and came home at the same time.
Though I’ve written a number of verse plays over the years and my poetry readings have been called theatrical, I haven’t performed in one of my own theater pieces since my first book, The Encyclopedia of Scotland, premiered in 1982. I was writing in a radically different style then and had not started making poetry in regular rhythm/meter.
So this show has been a revelation. These several decades have perfected my metrical craft, bringing my poetry back to its roots in the ear and the body through words. And now those words have now come full circle back to the rich fullness of performance.
This is where poetry began, after all: in ritual, intimate partnership with music, dance, and theater. No wonder it felt like that.
Next stop Bowery Poetry Club, NYC, August 9. Meanwhile, watch this space for video of the Portland event, coming soon!
Five Directions: A Ritual Poetry Performance
Premiered at Mayo Street Arts, Portland, Maine, June 26, 2015.
Duration: 50 minutes
Written and performed by Annie Finch.
Arranged, Produced, and Directed by Alzenira Quezada/Lady Zen.
Dance choreographed by Joie Grandbois and performed by Dark Follies BellyDance Troupe: Joie Grandbois, Farah Paradise, and Max-Anthony Pomereau.
Live Music Performed by Stephen Carpenter, drum and flute.
Recorded Music Composed and Produced by Paul Servizio.
Live Vocal Performance by Althea Finch-Brand.
Costume Design by Joie Grandbois.
Goddess Brigid Mask by Michaela Roessner-Herman.
Thanks to the support of William Dow Investments.