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Published on Sep 16, 2016

Be-Troit nimmt die Bandbreite der Stile, Sprachen und Genres aus der zeitgenössischen Lyrikszene Detroits auf und möchte diese Impulse nach Berlin tragen, wo sich in den letzten zehn bis zwanzig Jahren eine international vernetzte Poesie-, Spoken Word- und HipHop-Landschaft entwickelt hat, die jedoch stark ihren ‘Szenen’ verhaftet bleibt. Das Projekt initiiert aktive poetische Begegnungen von jungen, ehemals inhaftierten Jugendlichen und bereits etablierten Künstlerinnen und Künstlern verschiedener Generationen aus den USA und Deutschland.
Rhythm and musicality of poetry, their oral origin and their close connection to song was often part of the social fabric. These performative characteristics make poetry very attractive for performance events while it can be an enormous challenge to transfer its content to another language and culture. Cities worldwide have seen a renaissance of live poetry readings and performances, accompanied by increased interests in digital forms and methods of networking on a global scale.

Be-troit Performance Poetry. A project between Detroit and Berlin is an international exchange literature project between the cities of Detroit and Berlin with a focus on contemporary performance poetry. It takes up impulses of poetry, Spoken Word, Slam Poetry and Rap from Detroit and Berlin. Building on specific local traditions these art forms mix literature, music, dance and visual arts. The numerous events in Detroit are combining Spoken Word and HipHop, improvisation and freestyle: beatboxers, poets, competitive battles and DJs support the performing poets.
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