WOMYN’S HER-STORIES IN THE MIDST EVENT TO SHOWCASE FEMALE ARTISTS AT THE ROTUNDA
Poet-Tree En Motion, A Free Community Arts Series, Presents Regional Female Artists March 30 in West Philly
Lorenda Knisel, PHILADELPHIA – Women’s History Month in March is a time to recognize the often-unsung achievements of women around the world. In Philadelphia, the work of some of the region’s most-talented female artists gets celebrated every year at Poet-tree En Motion’s free event “Womyn’s Her-Stories in the Midst.”
The ninth-annual multidisciplinary art event is scheduled for 7-10:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30at The Rotunda in West Philadelphia. In the tradition of all of the Poet-tree En Motion events, occurring three times a year, the artist lineup will include an eclectic array of talent.
“Womyn’s Her-Stories in the Midst” will feature spoken-word, hip-hop, 3-D animation, acrylic paintings, West African drumming, rock ‘n’ roll, hoop dance, flow arts and more. Every Poet-tree En Motion event features an open-mic/open-stage and a jam session to showcase the talents of the community. Signups can be made at the start of the event.
“Throughout all of the events, there is an engagement with the community,” says Poet-tree En Motion founder and resident artist Gabrielle de Burke. “I’m trying to do something different that’s not just an open mike night. I like when there’s a range of performances at the events. The whole thing is a ritual – the coming together of the performers and the audience. I am down with everyone participating the way they feel. Poet-tree En Motion is an opportunity to give space to other artists.”
The next Poet-tree En Motion events will be in June and September 2016 at The Rotunda, located at 4014 Walnut St. in West Philadelphia. These are free events. Donations are appreciated and can be made at the door.
For information about Poet-tree En Motion, visit www.facebook.com/4plumdragoness, and join www.facebook.com/groups/116980678334215. For the “Womyn’s Her-Stories in the Midst” event page, visit facebook.com/events/760604470739478.
“Womyn’s Her-stories in the Midst” Artist Lineup:
Britt Gen: A multimedia artist blurring the lines of industry's standards. Her life inspirations led her to portray elements of trauma and divine beauty. • facebook.com/britt.gen
The Market-Frankford Forest Fairies (Dana Ricci and Tara Adelizzi are Mz. Hula and HoopZ): A hip-hop performance duo combining hoop dance, writing and music that explores flow arts and life in Philadelphia. • facebook.com/RapFairies
Plum Dragoness (a.k.a. Gabrielle de Burke): Resident artist and organizer for this event, known for her unique style of multi-disciplinary performance presentations and work as an arts educator. • facebook.com/4plumdragoness
The Primaries: Community-based Philly musicians, converging in dark venues, donning vibrant disguises to make sweet, sweet rock ‘n’ roll! • facebook.com/wearetheprimaries
Jan Jefferies and M.O.M. (Music Over Matter): Under the expert tutelage of founder and percussionist Jan Jeffries, this dynamic percussion ensemble shares their tradition of West African drumming. • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYzrccdxGSc
Ursula Rucker: A poet who’s never been afraid to take it there – that place, deep, inside, up and above, where she carves emotion with piercing lyrical cadence. • facebook.com/ursularucker
Visurreal: This visual production artist focuses on creating visionary real-time 3-D animation and visuals, layering live-mixed effects until a static painting dances with life. • facebook.com/visurreal
Her-Stories 1: "Le Néant" is an acrylic painting by multimedia artist Britt Gen.
Her-Stories 2: Gabrielle de Burke (stage name Plum Dragoness) is known for her unique style of multi-disciplinary performance presentations. She is also the founder and event organizer of Poet-tree En Motion at The Rotunda.
Her-Stories 3: Jan Jeffries and her percussion ensemble, M.O.M. (Music Over Matter), share the tradition of West African drumming.
Her-Stories 4: Dana Ricci is one half of the Market-Frankford Forest Fairies, a hip-hop and flow arts duo.
Her-Stories 5: “Red,” “Yellow” and “Blue” perform as the rock ‘n’ roll group The Primaries.
Her-Stories 6: Tara Adellizi, who performs as one of the Market-Frankford Forest Fairies, shares her hip-hop spoken word and flow artistry.
Her-Stories 7: Ursula Rucker is a spoken-word poet known for her “piercing lyrical cadence.”
“Womyn’s Her-Stories in the Midst” is a multidisciplinary art event by Poet-tree En Motion to celebrate female artists for Women’s History Month 7-10:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 at The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. in West Philadelphia. The event is free. For information, contact event organizer Gabrielle de Burke at 484-557-9605 or firstname.lastname@example.org.