Archive for September 26, 2011

Angela Rawlings

Angela Rawlings graduated from the University of York to become a well-known Canadian poet, editor and multidisciplinary artist. She successfully published her first book Wide slumber for lepidopterists, which proceeded to win the Alcuin Award for Design and was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. She worked with Derek Beaulieu and Jason Christie to co-edit the book Shift & Switch: New Canadian Poetry, and has also co-produced On the Money for Toronto’s Fringe Festival.

Being an avid researcher in sound, text and movement, you can clearly tell Angela is performing all three components in this video with her partner Maja Jantar. She and Maja have done much collaboration together, performing for audiences at Ryerson University and many other schools.

Wanting to know what Angela Rawlings was up to now, I spotted this quick interview with her and Kate Greenstreet, where Angela announced that she was with a group of brilliant performing artists. She states to have begun the process of ‘translating the text’s content, structure, and white space into choreography, sound score, and light plots’. She and her partners are set for Toronto events at Nuit Blanche and Harbourfront Centre’s Hatch: Emerging Performance Projects.

After reading all of the collaborations and partnerships Angela had in her past, I believe it is fair to say that her inspiration greatly comes from these people. Her friends and fellow partners have had a great impact on her life and studies. Maja Jantar, like her, has studied sound and text. Derek Beaulieu and Jason Christie have played with poetry for quite some time, and have obviously inspired Angela even more. Rawlings was great performing on her own, but exceptional with others.

Like many other sound artists, a. rawlings has a way with words. (Oh God that was terrible).
Her voice is clear, and crisp yet she adds something more to her compositions. When performing, you see movement. Not just the movement of her lips, but her whole body. She does not only make you hear the words, but see them as well.