Empowering Dreams

As an adjunct to the Space — Not Space exhibit at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Italian artist Marco Nereo Rotelli and Sioux poet Darren Grine are collaborating on a performance piece titled Poetic Crossings: Empowerment.

“Marco is into this empowerment idea and wanted to work with Native Americans. I was contacted by the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and asked to be the poet for Poetic Crossings,” says Grine. “It will work something like this: I'm going to read my poetry, and Rotelli is going to paint my words.”

The collaboration, which starts today at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue, will consist of four or five poems that Rotelli will translate visually onto a scroll. “I wrote a poem specifically for this event,” says Grine. “It's called ‘Tribal Dreams.’ I was inspired because Marco said he got the idea after dreaming about this event." Poetic Crossings takes place in conjunction with the September 11 opening of the Space — Not Space exhibit at RMCAD, which exhibits ponchos painted with Rotelli's poetry by students from Denver’s Mathematics and Science Leadership Academy.

Admission to Crossings is free; for more information, call 303-322-7727. For more information on Space — Not Space, call 800-888-ARTS or go to www.rmcad.edu/gallery-exhibitions.
Wed., Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m., 2009

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