Climbing PoeTree, multimedia performance, at COA


RELEASE COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC PRESENTS MULTIMEDIA POETRY PERFORMANCE Climbing PoeTree offers creativity to dispel destruction CONTACT: Donna Gold, Public Relations: 207-801-5623, 207-266-4470, dgold@coa.edu

BAR HARBOR, ME-Employing art as their weapon, their medicine, their voice, and their vision, two poets with roots in Haiti and Colombia have created the multimedia duo Climbing PoeTree. They will be bringing their performance-described by them as a mission-to College of the Atlantic on Sunday, May 1 at 8 p.m. in Gates Community Center. Admission is $10.

The members of the duo go by the names Alixa and Naima. Together, they weave performance poetry, multimedia theater and storytelling into an evening focused on as they write, overcoming destruction with creativity, exposing injustice, healing from violence, and making a better future visible, immediate, and irresistible.

The artists of Climbing PoeTree have composed dual voice poems to explore the diverse themes of from around the globe, themes such as healing from state and personal violence, environmental justice, civil rights, spirituality, global politics, and woman’s empowerment. The stories they tell are of suffering and injustice as well as courage and love. At COA, they will present excerpts and video projection from their multimedia show, “Hurricane Season: the hidden messages in water” that connects the issues that surfaced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to the “unnatural disasters” disenfranchised communities are experiencing nationwide and worldwide on a daily basis.

As writer Peter Marcus wrote in “Metro Times,” “There are those of us who wake up every day to the smell of coffee brewing in our kitchens, a smell we often take for granted, doing little to sing its praises. And then there are poets who, like Alixa and Naima, wake up to ‘the weight of the liberty bell on my chest/ and the birds that nestled there/ would not stop flapping.’ That flapping sound is a selfless song of a double-throated duo whose singular voice deserves to be heard.”

Based in Brooklyn NY, the duo has toured across the United States and around the world, performing with noted artists and activists, including Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Angela Davis, and Danny Glover.

For more information about the multimedia Climbing PoeTree performance on Sunday May at 8 p.m. in Gates Community Center, contact Tonia Kittelson at tkittelson@coa.edu, or call 288-5015. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

CALENDAR ITEM MULTIMEDIA PERFORMANCE: Sunday, May 1 at 8 p.m. Climbing PoeTree. Gates Community Center, College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden St., Bar Harbor, ME. 207-288-5015. tkittelson@coa.edu $10. Tickets are available at the door.

Donna Gold Director of Public Relations, Editor, COA Magazine College of the Atlantic 105 Eden Street Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 207-801-5623, office 207-266-4470, cell dgold@coa.edu www.coa.edu

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