Writing on the Wall
Mohammed Ali (aka Aerosol Arabic)’s Writing on the Wall will see the renowned graffiti artist join forces with leading international poets in front of a live audience for a special one-off show at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Thursday 21 January 2010.
Having established himself in the arts scene for the past decade, Mohammed Ali’s latest project sees an idea thought up four years ago coming to life. With the guidance of legendary Hip Hop theatre producer Jonzi D, Ali will accompany three internationally renowned poets on stage for a radical live art show.
The line-up for Writing on the Wall includes Zena Edwards, who has been performing as a professional poet for the last nine years, manipulating the boundaries of language and experimenting with the ways people hear and interpret the spoken word. She will be joined by American poet Amir Sulaiman who has twice featured on HBO’s Def Poetry programme, and Dreadlock Alien, who was Birmingham’s Poet Laureate in 2006. During the two-week lead-up Mohammed will also be working with local visual artists to create unique images, before embarking on the one-night-only performance on Thursday 21 January 2010 in Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s scenic workshop.
Inspired by the theme of ‘3’, the production will build towards a show that interweaves sights and sounds to inspire the audiences’ imagination, provoking thoughts and creative fires. During the performance, live poetry and painting will blend seamlessly in front of and all-around the audience.
Mohammed Ali returns to his hometown following numerous commissions around the world, including New York, Sydney and Kuala Lumpur. He has also gained worldwide media recognition from CNN, BBC Newsnight, Aljazeera and Reuters,and received an award from the hugely respected ITV Southbank Show.
“I have been fortunate enough to create art in major cities across the globe, but here in the UK we have our own issues, ranging from the economic crisis to the problems that face multi-cultural societies.
“I’m hoping to create art that will inspire people with hope and positive change by bringing a bit of colour into some of the ugly conditions that exist in the world today, using the arts as the new language for change. People should not underestimate the power of the arts in bringing people together.”
Writing on the Wall is taking place at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Thursday 21 January. To book tickets contact Birmingham Repertory Theatre Box Office on 0121 236 4455 or visit www.birmingham-rep.co.uk