Thursday, September 8, 2011

Kinetic Poetry on Sept. 24, 2011 7 PM Albright College Theater for the Arts

KINETIC POETRY brings Breathtaking Acrobatics and Slam Poetry to Reading

Albright College, Reading, PA: On September 24, 2011, 7pm, at the Theater for the Arts at Albright College, Berks Bards will play host to a radically new type of performance art called KINETIC POETRY. This unique art form features breathtaking circus-style acrobatics (artistic pole dancing, acrobatic yoga, hooping) against a backdrop of aggressive slam poetry.

For the upcoming event, the Bards have invited premier dancer/acrobats from all over eastern U.S. Top acts include Christine & Lex of Acrobatic Yoga, featured on NBC’s America's Got Talent, Rachel Skye featured on VH1’s Dance Cam Slam, Ryssa, finalist in Polesque, New York City’s national pole art competition and Danielle Licata of Maji Na Bure Hoopdance.

“I am so ecstatic to have these talented performers come to Reading for this unique event,” says performer Rachel Skye. “It will give us a chance to showcase the beauty behind this incredibly athletic and breathtaking sport.”

Accompanying the dance performances will be the voices of some of America’s best award-winning slam poets including Egedeme, winner of the Peoples Choice Poet of Harrisburg, PA, Youngsta Boyd from Miami, Reagan Rigz Mendoza from Chicago, Vision from Philadelphia, and Noah Ayala from Reading.

"I’m very excited about this event,” Egedeme says. “I have been doing poetry for quite some time and I have never been part of a show quite like this. The diversity is what makes it special. Poets and Dancers...its like Cirque du Soleil meets Def Poets."

KINETIC POETRY will be sponsored by Tite Grip and X-Pole. Tite Grip is a top quality antiperspirant grip aide widely used by athletes from the Olympics down to the high school level. X-Pole is the leading manufacturer of fitness poles in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. They will be donating a SPORT (XS) — Professional Grade Stationary Pole to raffle off during the KINETIC POETRY event.

MC’s for the evening will be singer/actor/poet Alaina Salks and author Sue Lange.

Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 (cash only) at the doors ($12 for students with ID). Tickets are available at Shoo! (610 Penn Ave, West Reading), It's All the Rage Hair Salon (1213 Penn Ave, West Reading]) and Mi Casa Su Casa Cafe (320 Penn Street, Reading). Tickets are also available online at Brown Paper Tickets: Call 610-374-1161 or 610-207-0120 if you have questions.

Berks Bards is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote poetry in Berks County, Pennsylvania. This event is one of several new events the Bards are bringing to Berks County. Earlier this year, the Bards participated in a baseball poetry contest with the Reading Phillies which brought poets Elizabeth Clark, Gretchen Rothermel and Randy Boone to the public’s attention.

“The Bards are also featuring poet Lynn Levin as part of the 100,000 Poets initiative in downtown Reading on the same day,” said Marilyn Klimcho, Berks Bard’s treasurer. “We’re reaching out to as wide an audience as possible.”

Kinetic Poetry Location:

Albright College Theater for the Arts

13th and Bern Streets

Reading, PA 19612

Parking is available in the visitor’s parking lot and street.

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