Smita James @ Awater

Awater is one of the not so many poetry magazines in The Netherlands. Guest writer Babs Gons introduces The Dutch Spoken Word Poets. This September she introduced me to the readers. Honored! p.s. yes I am aware of my massive neglect of updating you. Still trying to do better. ❤20181009_122919.jpg

 

 

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Smita James says Shrew Her!

As of September I am a cast member of a play directed and written by Ira Kip! Yes she is back! You might know her from the 2012 “She’ Baltimore” play about domestic violence within the LGBT-community. This time Kip is about traditional gender roles and its relation to nowadays society with “Shrew Her”. Again the theatre maker is not afraid to bring certain taboo’s to the table.

shrew herShrew Her is inspired on Shakespeare’s Taming Of The Shrew. Controversial to this play by Ira Kip and Right About Now Inc. is the all women cast. I am excited to work with Angelique van Beckhoven, Yahaira Geuzius Melvina Figaroa, Pamela Menzo​ and ofcourse Ira Kip. Curious? Come check us out! We will be touring from October till December 2017. The premiere will be on the 4th and 5th of October at the Compagnie Theater in Amsterdam.

 

 

 

Smita James @ Lowlands

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This year is the 25th edition of the Dutch Lowlands Festival. Known for the great music, they serve your mind too since 2016 at the Helga stage. Literature at a festival?! Read my World makes it happen. On the first day of this three day festival hosts Read my World a preview of their festival coming October. The preview is an extension of their “Black USA” theme. Together with Nancy Jouwe, Babs Gons, Gery Mendes, Dean Bowen, Neusa Gomes, Onias Landveld and your girl Smita James presents Read my world “Katoen & Tabak”. A program to enlighten you about the history of Dutch slavery through monologues, spoken word en music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘The thing is’ nominated for a Shortcutz Amsterdam Film Award!

Yes, I did it again. I didn’t update you on time. So here I am, again, with awesome news!

On May 16th 2017 Shortcutz Amsterdam screened our short poetry film ‘The thing is’. The audience, film industry people and filmlovers, received our film highly enthusiastic. Dutch director Norbert ter Hall i.a. of the tv show Adam en E.v.a. complimented us on our camera choices, concept and the message we deliver. You see Amsterdam as it is beholding the powerful message to support humanity. And yes we still need to hear the little things to keep each other accountable for the condition of our society.

That being said we are now in the run for the Shortcutz favorite movie. A jury of  11 renowned professionals will decide who the winner will be of the May edition. If so we will be in the running for an award. The winners of the month are automatically nominated for Best Film and Audience Award in the gala in January at EYE. But, all the movies in the official selection can be nominated for any of these categories: Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Animation, Best Experimental, and Best Documentary. These nominations will be announced in December.

Sooo, we need you to cross your fingers to make ‘The thing is’ the winner of the month! We’ll get back to you with the results after tonight. We are so excited!

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2017 can’t wait to meet ya!

Counting the last days of 2016. The year I decided to boost my goals a little extra. I started to do more with my eyes closed and my arms wide open. It got me some awesome gigs like Jazz ’n WordsRadiatorIDFAAfrovibes and Museum N8. Next to my solo gigs I was involved in some collaborations I enjoyed very much. I want to thank my co-poets Sandy, Marly, Zaii, Roos, JNM and last but definitely not least miss drama queen Babs Gons for the magic we made.

As an all round poet works its way trough I too was involved with some cool side projects this past year. We travelled from film events to film fests like the International Migrant & Queer Film Festival with our short poetry film ‘The Thing Is’. Next to it all 2016 brought me my first publication when the Ministry of Social Affairs asked me for their book campagne to create awareness for self-determination in bi-cultural communities.

2016 was also the year I started my workshops at Studio West! I had so much fun doing it that I will be at it in 2017 too! Thank you Studio West for reaching out!

POETRONIC! We came out of the dungeon this year to give you a taste of what was cooking. In 2016 Ci Seryne and I gave a showcase at the Amsterdam Dance Event. OOOOWIEEE! That was something else! It was a starting point for more. SO! 2017 I am sooooo ready for ya! I am up for more creativity, more collaborations, more workshops, more community building, more books, more writings, more spoken word, more music, more film, more Smita James and more Poetronic!

I thank the Universe for all that I receive but more for all that I have to give back in time. We are one, all and infinite! Blessings to you, yourself and your family! NAMASTÈ.

 

 

 

Unward we go!

The busy weeks prior to the ADE showcase are over and yes we had a mega blast! Poetronic is a fact. As Ci Seryne and I have set the tone we can’t wait to let you experience more of us. You can follow our journey if you link up at www.facebook.com/thatspoetronic.

Tic tac I won’t stop! I have joint ventures with Studio West, whoop whoop! As of this month I will be hosting their first spoken word course.
For six whole weeks you and I can be talking and writing poetry before we (read: you) hit the stage. Click here to register and I hope to see you in class.

Last but not least I realized I haven’t updated you about Talentlab! Two months ago I got involved in this project by Bijlmerpark theater. Coached by poet Babs Gons I have worked on a choreopoem together with 5 other poets. Visitors of Afrovibes were the first to have a peek at this collaboration. Dutch writer Christine Otten (known for her book about The Last Poets) had invited us to perform at her “We hadden liefde, We hadden wapens” book release. On the 10th of November we will be performing our choreopoem at request of I speak, a poetry event hosted by poet Gershwin Bonevacia.

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OCTOBERRRRRRRR!

The wait is over. Summer is slowly cooling down. Soft breezes of fall are coming through. People are getting ready for the 21st edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event as Ci Seryne and I are  getting ready to serve you.

October 20th we will showcase a special set of Poetronic. An introduction of what we’ve been about. Get yourself ready for a Smita James en Ci Seryne collabo..bo..bo..booo!

Meet us, Josh Dupree, SpaceAgePoetry and De Nachtdienst aka the hottest boys in town during Radiator ADE at Radion Amsterdam for music and spoken word. You will be guided by the flyest chick in town miss JNM the Naked MC.

We are ready to viiiiibe! I really think you should come to have a taste of us.

 

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Smita James gets her Shakespeare on

Shakespeare, strange dude, known for his writings. Though nobody is for sure what he really was about. So many messages in the message, but what was the message? So many possible interpretations. Reason enough for Ira Kip to explore one of her favorite writers.

Co-produced by Right About Now Inc. is Ira about to link Shakespeare (The taming of the shrew!) and the LGBTQ community to the light of this century with her production of Shrew her! Ira’s rendition will premier spring of 2017 at a theater near you!

To adapt a version of a play one must study it first. Ira invited me and other artist to read and discuss the play with her at the Right About Now Inc. headquarters. On September 21st we kicked off an inspiring, challenging old English (!) reading session series before the play will be written into existence. 2017 will be awesome!

 

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SMITA JAMES X HUMANS OF AMSTERDAM

Last year I bumped in to Debra Barraud of Humans of Amsterdam. She asked if she could interview me and my fellow artist friend miss Poema Jones. I was like ” Oeeefff bad hair day but hell yeah, I love Humans of Amsterdam!” So we started chatting about life, art and people.  A couple months later she contacted me to tell me that our pictures made it in to her exhibition at the public library of Amsterdam (OBA). I was like “Wowwww that’s dope!”

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This year she contacted me again to tell me that we made it in to the first book of Humans of Amsterdam published by National Geographic! So, to all you curious cats out there the book release will be on the 13th of October at Vondelpark3 from 19.30 till 22.00 in Amsterdam. Wanna know more? Here.

It’s been a while!

I know, I know I’ve been silent for too long here. Silent though, never not busy.
‘The thing is’ is going places! Several events were happy to screen our short poetry film.
We kicked it off at the  Bliss Film Festival. It was SO awesome to see the film on a big screen. Ofcourse after Bliss we wanted more!

 

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Our mini documentary travelled from a private screening of the project Veilige Haven to the Urban Rainbow festival in the Bijlmerparktheater, the COC’s Shakespeare Club at the Amsterdam Museum to the  Metro Movies Film Festival. Up next ‘The thing is’ will be screened at the International Queeer & Migrant Film Festival. Make sure to come along if you haven’t seen it yet. And after that? Who knows! World you ready?