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 Délirium, Ceci 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.
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 as a second language
- English as a second language
- History and citizenship education
- Ethics and religious culture
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
- 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