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WordXWord’s Othering
Speaking to experiences of exclusion, marginalization, and separation.

Pittsfield, MA - In conjunction with the Berkshire Art Association’s Biennial Juried Show, OTHERING, WordXWord has assembled a diverse group of individuals, poets and storytellers to share work reflecting on experiences of exclusion, marginalization, and separation, for a performance at 3P, November 13 at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave, Pittsfield, MA. The performance is free and open to the public. Parents of younger children are advised that the program may contain mature content.

As defined in the Berkshire Art Association’s call for entries for its Biennial, “OTHERING is defined in this context as perceiving or portraying something as fundamentally different.”

WordXWord’s Othering applied the same definition as it reached out to poets and storytellers for work that reflects/relates to “experiences of exclusion, marginalization and separation - dealing in themes of (but not limited to) race, health, class, gender, sexuality, age, (dis)ability and neurodivergence.”

The assembled group of performers, ranging in age from 15 - 70+, is comprised of seasoned poets and storytellers, as well as individuals stepping forward - perhaps for the first time - to share their personal experiences and perspectives. The resulting tapestry of spoken word, set in the context of the Berkshire Art Association’s visual art exhibition OTHERING, promises to be a thoughtful emotional journey and conversation starter.

WordXWord’s Othering
November 13, 2016
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
28 Renne Ave
Pittsfield, MA
Free (seating is limited / may contain mature content)

Berkshire Art Association’s Othering

Berkshire Art Association’s Othering opens Friday, November 4 with a reception from 5P to 8P. The show will be on display through November 26 at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue in upstreet Pittsfield. Gallery hours are 11am to 4pm, Wednesday through Saturday, and admission is free. A panel discussion featuring some of the artists in BAA’s show will be held Wednesday, November 16th. More information may be found at BerkshireArtAssociation.org.

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At WordXWord, poetry and spoken word are used to celebrate differences and build community through the sharing of space, time and the creative experience. More information about WordXWord can be found at wXw365.org.

Othering -> Call For Voices

Update 10/21/16 - Note that below is the original call for poets/storytellers. Currently we are at capacity in terms of performers/participants, however you can let us know that you are interested, because you never know . . . and we are always looking for new voices.

WordXWord is looking for individuals, poets and storytellers for a program to be presented in conjunction with the Berkshire Art Association’s Biennial Juried Show, OTHERING.

“OTHERING is defined in this context as perceiving or portraying something as fundamentally different.”

For this program, WordXWord is looking for poets and storytellers with work that reflects/relates to “experiences of exclusion, marginalization and separation - dealing in themes of (but not limited to) race, health, class, gender, sexuality, age, (dis)ability and neurodivergence.”

The program will be presented at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in the physical context of the BAA exhibit on November 13, 2016.

Interested, or know someone who might be? Let us know and we’ll fill you in on the details.

Nitty Gritty

WXW’s Othering is a performance. Not a lecture series, symposium or panel. It’s a chance to share/reflect on individual experiences in a creative context.

Approximately 10-12 performers will have up to 5 minutes for their poetry or story.

We anticipate that the opportunity to share/talk through the individual works on November 6, in the context of the BAA “Othering” visual exhibition, will allow us to determine an order and flow for the public performance and perhaps allow for creative use of the exhibition/installation. For example, while some work may be delivered from the “stage” or front of the room, other work might be presented “in situ” or perhaps near a relevant art work. In any case, we are looking to break away from the typical “next up/awkward introduction parade-of-poets to the front of the room.”

Critical Dates

November 6, time tbd
Workshop/Talk Through/Walk Through**
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
28 Renne Ave, Pittsfield

November 13, time tbd
Othering Performance
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
28 Renne Ave, Pittsfield

**Think of November 6 as a chance to gather all the pieces, lay them out, understand the context in which our individual work will be shared and assemble the puzzle which will comprise the Othering performance.

What Are We Looking For?

Anyone with a poem or story about an experience of othering - “experiences of exclusion, marginalization and separation - dealing in themes of (but not limited to) race, health, class, gender, sexuality, age, (dis)ability and neurodivergence.”

We are not necessarily looking for highly experienced writers, storytellers and performers. For this performance we are looking for authenticity, thoughtfulness and earnest commitment to creative preparation (ie this isn’t an opportunity to freestyle/wing it or simply “rant”).

Interested?

Let us know and we’ll fill you in on the details.

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