Word Up brings po­etry, mu­sic

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

If you think you don’t like po­etry, Word Up is the event for you.

Sto­ry­telling, video, mu­sic and the spo­ken word will come to­gether in­tent on cast­ing po­etry in a new light at three up­com­ing per­for­mances at Te Papa.

The events, dubbed ‘‘ Word Up’’, are be­ing or­gan­ised as a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Whi­tireia Polytech­nic, lo­cal po­etry group P-Town Po­etry So­ci­ety, and Welling­ton pub­lish­ing com­pany Huia.

Porirua-based P-Town poets have al­ways built mu­sic into their po­etry, draw­ing on the group’s Pa­cific Is­land and Maori her­itage, mem­ber Florence Fau­muina-Aiono says.

‘‘In those cul­tures mu­sic is al­ways a key part of the per­for­mances.’’

The six-strong so­ci­ety is ded­i­cated to en­cour­ag­ing shy poets to share their work with oth­ers.

‘‘We have some awe­some Pa­cific Is­land poets out there,’’ she says.

‘‘ We knew if we did it col­lab­o­ra­tively they would all come to the party.’’

Four P-Town poets will share their work at Word Up, and Ms Fau­muina-Aiono says sound ef­fects, video and song will cre­ate an en­gag­ing hour of po­etry.

Mu­sic and words will also be com­bined in the sec­ond per­for­mance of the Word Up se­ries, merg­ing to form a new per­for­mance style, the ‘‘word choir’’ – de­scribed by Whi­tireia as ‘‘ a to­tally new take on the tra­di­tional singing choir – po­ems set to mu­sic’’.

The show will be put on by Whiti- reia’s cre­ative writ­ing and mu­sic stu­dents.

The fi­nal event of the se­ries, called The Big Red Head, is for chil­dren. Peo­ple from Welling­ton pub­lish­ers Huia will be read­ing chil­dren’s sto­ries in Te Reo and English. The show fea­tures an in­ter­ac­tive tale of Barn­aby Bennett, who re­fuses to wear any colour but red. Spot prizes for chil­dren dressed in red.

Word Up se­ries at Te Papa: P-Town Poets, Satur­day, Au­gust 6 11am; Whi­tireia cre­ative writ­ing and mu­sic stu­dents, Satur­day, Au­gust 13 11am; Huia Pub­lish­ers, Satur­day, Au­gust 20 11am. Free en­try.

Photo: P J SCH­WAL­GER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Pa­cific poet: P-Town poet Florence Fau­muina-Aiono will be per­form­ing in Te Papa’s Word Up se­ries, a new take on po­etry per­for­mance mix­ing mu­sic, video, sto­ry­telling and spo­ken word.

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