Join Arts in Action in welcoming some very special guests to the Australian Premiere of WE ARE POETS. We are very fortunate and excited to have Associate Producer Lee Ramseyer Bache introduce the film and two exceptionally talented young poets, Nicole Duchesne and Kirsti K-Dawg Whalen to perform spoken word. Michelle Dabrowski, the vivacious host and founder of Slamalamadingdong, Melbourne’s fastest growing competition based monthly poetry slam night, will also be performing and presenting her ideas for the future of Slam including accessible pathways for poets to develop their work and collaborations.
Film + Guests = Plenty of poetry action guaranteed to unleash your inner poet or take your pen from the page to the stage! Tickets are available from Bella Union.
Lee Ramseyer Bache – Lee is a trained scriptwriter and editor with BBC credits to his name, and works as a Writer and Producer. Lee worked in the UK film and TV production industry as an assistant Director on films such as the BBC’s The Damned United, and various ITV drama productions. Lee worked with the We Are Poets directors Alex and Dan on the development of the film throughout 2009/10, Lee is now based in Melbourne and is working with his creative partner Nick Scott at 862 Productions . Their most recent project is a short film View From Here. Lee also works for Western Edge Youth Arts. He enjoys every minute of working with Melbourne’s youth, and relishing the chance to write and create a dystopian drama based around their ideas.
Michelle Dabrowski – is the vivacious host and founder of Slamalamadingdong – a competition based poetry slam night held monthly at Bella Union. Michelle is multi slam champion spoken word poet, arts educator, community builder, events co-ordinator and full time rib cage rattler. From the acclaimed Blue Metropolis Festival in Montreal (2007) to Melbourne’s Forum Theatre (Arts Festival, 2009) Michelle has been a featured guest on stages across England, New Zealand, Canada and Australia. Hailing from Montreal Canada, Michelle is the founding Co-ordinator of the Throw Poetry Collective and represented Montreal on the 2007 slam team at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Helping students find their voice through the medium of poetry and performance Michelle works as a Super Poet for Australian Poetry and was a recipient of the Arts Victoria, Artists in Schools Grant (2010.) Passionate about inter-arts collaboration and grounded in the word, performance is the means by which she builds understanding with diverse audiences on a vulnerable and human level.
Kirsti K-Dawg Whalen – is an award winning writer, poet, intern with The Centre for Poetics and Justice, crew member at Slamalamadingdong Poetry Slam, resident poet at Wild Time Cafe, workshop facilitator and regular performer at poetry events around Melbourne. http://kdawgk.com
Nicole Duchesne (Soul Child) – is a singer songwriter who has recently stepped into the spoken word poetry arena. Recently making the move from Sydney to Melbourne she is excited about the thriving performance poetry scene and the opportunities the future presents. Nicole regularly performs her highly emotive and expressive poetry at Slamalamadingdong and other poetry events around Melbourne.