WITH WAVES: A Collaborative Performance

Saturday, Apr 20, 1:50pm
Cafe Istanbul, Healing Center
Founded in 2005, Red Rover Series {readings that play with reading} features a diversity of renowned creative minds. Each Chicago-based event is designed as a reading experiment with some level of collaboration and/or audience participation. For the 2019 New Orleans Poetry Festival, the curators will devise an interactive collaboration so all attendees have the opportunity to improvise in live space and time together.  Poets are invited to read their lines, briefly overlapping with the lines of other performers, creating waves of language and moments of calm.  Throughout the event poets will accompany their lines by rising and entering the stage area, then exiting and sitting in a sequence of repeating waves.  Red Rover Series has hosted similar large-scale participatory readings for AWP (2012), the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2014), the MLA conference (2014), the &NOW Festival (2015 + 2018), and the New Orleans Poetry Festival (2018).  We will continue to recruit collaborators up to the start of the 2019 festival.  Our goals are to foster innovative forms, aesthetic solidarities, and a multifarious performance with this year’s NOPF community.