Photo credit : Marzia Pellissier
Photo credit : Marzia Pellissier

FROM POETRY TO SLAM

Educational Project with Queen Ka

FROM POETRY TO SLAM

Who better than Queen KA to talk about poetry and invite young people to make it their own? Queen KA - De la poésie au slam immerses students in the discipline of slam and walks them through each step of the creation process, from poetic writing to live performance!

ABOUT QUEEN KA

Queen KA, otherwise known as Elkahna Talbi, is passionate about words and performance. In 2006, the artist gave her first performance poetry show. The following year, she discovered slam nights in Montréal. She quickly became a regular, and two years in a row she ranked as a finalist on the Montréal team. Since 2008, her shows DéliriumCeci n’est pas du slam and Chrysalides have been noted for their artistic quality and have won a number of awards.

DETAILS OF THE PROJECT

1. Preparatory meetings with a slam artist

Workshop: Introduction to slam and writing

- Introduction to slam
- Writing exercises
- Writing of a poem

Workshop: Slam performances

- Poetry reading and performance exercises
- Keys and tools for slam performance

2. Outing to Place des Arts: Chrysalides

As the title indicates, Chrysalides recounts the precise moment when things transform. Accompanied by her musicians, Blaise Borboën-Léonard and Stéphane Leclerc, and directed by Yann Perreau, Queen KA pauses time and transports us into her world. A meeting with the artist will take place following the performance, to be held at Théâtre Maisonneuve on May 9 and 10, 2017, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

3. Post-show slam marathon

To put into practice some of the concepts learned at the preparatory workshops, the slam marathon invites each participating class to choose a few students to perform their poetry for the audience. All the information about the slam marathon is in the project’s teachers’ handbook. The event takes place May 13, 2017 in the public space of Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme at Place des Arts.

4. Exhibition

An exhibition gives a tour of the cultural mediation project led by artist Queen KA, illustrating the artist’s and the students’ creative process throughout the project. The exhibition will be held May 26 to June 25, 2017, in the exhibition hall at Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme.

TARGETED SCHOOL SUBJECTS

  • French
  • French as a second language
  • English as a second language
  • History and citizenship education
  • Ethics and religious culture
  • Arts

TOPICS ADDRESSED IN THE TEACHERS’ HANDBOOK

  • A brief musical history: from jazz to slam
  • Writing process
  • Poetry (Queen KA, Gaston Miron, Joséphine Bacon, Maya Angelou, Amy Winehouse)
  • Styles of poetry writing

SCHEDULE

  • Performances at Théâtre Maisonneuve and meeting with the artist: May 9 and 10, 2017, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
  • Slam marathon: May 13, 2017
  • Exhibition: May 26 to June 25, 2017

FEES AND REGISTRATION

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