Every night, more than 300 people live and sleep on the streets of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. Award-winning poet Kim Goldberg spent three years verse-mapping downtown Nanaimo’s back alleys, graffiti galleries, underpasses, and homeless camps to create Red Zone – poems about Nanaimo’s homeless population. At 7 pm on Thursday, January 28, 2010, performing artists Holly Bright (dance) and Allannah Dow (cello) will premier Dance of Homelessness, a modern dance interpretation of Goldberg’s book. Bright and Dow will join Kim onstage for a risk-filled fusion of poetry, dance, and cello.
This a 15-minute performance will unfold as part of an evening of dynamite spoken word entertainment at Wordstorm, Nanaimo’s monthly spoken word extravaganza. Take the journey into Nanaimo’s underworld with Kim, Holly, and Allannah – if you dare. It will happen at Nanaimo Centre Stage, 25 Victoria Road. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the open mike competition begins at 7 pm. Red Zone: Dance of Homelessness will be presented after the intermission. Admission is $5 and everyone is welcome.