2 Spoken Word Poetry Performances
Poetry + Soul Music + Art
Kitchener-Waterloo-based recording and visual artist, Aurora Elms, is performing two long poems, “The Panopticon” and “The Music is Listening” backed by soul-based music written by Genesis 7 Productions (Maryland) and Quentin Rashad (North Carolina). This event will also feature an art exhibit of recent acrylic paintings.
“The Panopticon” is a feminist analysis of surveillance in its myriad of forms (e.g., social media interactions, rap music, criminal justice and national security frameworks). It explores the importance of privacy for individuals and society, what happens when we lose it, and how to expand it.
The second poem is called “The Music is Listening”, produced by Quentin Rashad (North Carolina), and was released in February 2021. This poem draws inspiration from Jean-Luc Nancy’s monograph, Listening, and explores the complex presence of music in our lives. Present in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person, Music is always listening to our deepest longings and breathes with us as an unconditionally present muse.
Reviews of The Panopticon
The Panopticon is “an incredible amount of work and volume of thought…the content is so rich…truly interdisciplinary in a highly unusual way, [mixing] political-social activism…with performance, poetry, and music.”
Anne-Marie Donovan, Theatre and Opera Director and Creator/ Founder of Inter Arts Matrix
“The Panopticon album, by Canadian poet Aurora Elms, is a unique blend of spoken word and light rap that looks, with deep insight, at the political and social aspects of surveillance. Her music takes you into immersive, expansive consciousness and lifts the spirit. It offers a waking up and a way forward in melody.”
Wanda Krause, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Leadership Studies, Royal Roads University
December 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
$20 General Admission