Poetry is at its best when it’s challenging: namely, when it’s challenging our expectations, the limits of the form, or a social boundary or taboo. And never is a challenge more keenly felt than through the voice: when performed aloud, poetry cuts deep, using words to reach wordless parts of us.
At this event – part performance, part discussion – we’ll hear from contemporary, local poets with new ideas about the possibilities of poetry. How does collaborative poetry work, in writing and in performance? Where does poetry intersect with other artforms? And how might technology enhance our experience of the artform?
See, hear and experience boundary-pushing poetry from the people who write it at a very special night at the Toff in Town.
Presented in partnership with Girls on Key and The Toff in Town.
Michelle Alina Dabrowski, also known as MC_Fembot, is a Melbourne based, Polish/Canadian artist-activist, writer, speaker, arts educator, producer and vocalist. With over ten years under her belt as an Artist working in communities, her work is a soulful blend of dance, rap, ritual, spoken word poetry and song.
Kylie Supski is a Polish-Australian spoken word artist who performs live frequently all over Melbourne. In 2016, Kylie was a winner of the Melbourne Spoken Word Prize. Kylie’s inspiration comes from her personal experiences, all aspects of her life, and the people she is surrounded by.
Roshelle Fong is a Chinese-Australian performer and filmmaker who experiences life as Play School: The Glitch Opera. By day she creates rich media content for the Australian Government and by night, she devises multimedia performances exploring concepts like cultural confusion and technology as a life-force.
ReVerse Butcher is a multi-disciplinary artist with focuses in making performance poetry, unique artist’s books, collages, visual art, and music. She will use any medium necessary to engage and subvert reality until it is less dull and oppressive. When she grows up she wants to be a well-read recluse. She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Chalise van Wyngaardt is a South-African born poet, writer, editor, facilitator, theatre-maker and performer, insistent on staying a child who believes in dragons and love. Having performed around Melbourne since 2015, Chalise has featured at numerous events including Commonground Festival, Seven Sisters Festival and White Night. Chalise stretches the definition of poetry through experimentation and performance art. She believes truth is found outside the comfort zone, and the pilgrimage has scarcely begun.