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Cadence Video Poetry Festival 2024 – Our never ending

April 21 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


This showcase is a raft in time’s glacial runoff. Watching these video poems, we are carried by a current of memory, lineage, and rebirth. Some of the works in this showcase alter linear time to revise inherited hurt or to recycle joy into new purpose. Others contain multiple realities—worlds where past trauma and future recovery exist in the tension of now, where the horrors of war share a line with clipping coupons. These pieces accept that the river of time is endless, that there are always possibilities for progress.

This showcase features “Only” and “Reading the Body: Recovery,” two dance films from the US.

The poetry film “Only,” based on the book by Rebecca Foust, is literal (her son was born with an APGAR 1 score, not breathing for a few minutes until he was resuscitated with a hand pump), metaphorical (many people discount the lives and experiences of people on the autism spectrum), and also surreal. Filmed on the coastline with intense exposure to the elements, this work highlights the experiences of those othered in our society. (director: Maxine Flasher-Düzgüneş, poet: Rebecca Foust, US, 2023, 2 min, in English with hardcoded English text)

In “Reading the Body: Recovery,” dancers create original choreography based on poetry about recovery, set to original music, and highlighted with ASL interpretation. A co-production of Bellevue Literary Review and The Paige Fraser Foundation. (directors: Danielle Ofri & Paige Fraser-Hoffman, poets: Anthony Aguero, Monique Ferrell, Talia Bloch & Nicholas Yingling, US, 2023, 14 min, in American Sign Language & English with English intertitles)

Cadence Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum, programmed in collaboration with Seattle author Chelsea Werner-Jatzke and intermedia artist Rana San, is a series of screenings, workshops, and discussions on the genre of video poetry, during National Poetry Month.

Cadence approaches video poetry as a literary genre presented as visual media that makes new meaning from the combination of text and moving image. Featuring screenings, an artist residency, generative workshops for youth and adults, and juried awards, the festival fosters critical and creative growth around the medium of video poetry.


April 21
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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