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Artists at school


Montréal

Lydia Lockett

Performing arts
Slam, poetry

Presentation

Lydia Lockett

Lydia Lockett is a jazz poet, comedienne, visual artist, singer-songwriter, actor and visual artist. Winner of Smackdown Slam, she represented Canada in Copenhagen’s International Poetry Festival. Lockett has been voted top spoken word act in Montréal. She has presented seven one-woman shows. Her book “Soul Sugar” was published in 2010. Lydia has won first prize in several comedy and visual arts competitions. She won Les auditions Juste pour rire as top Quebec comedian and has sung backup for Iron Maiden and performed in their video. In 2005, Lydia opened for Musiq Soulchild. As artistic director, Lydia Lockett founded poetry, jazz and comedy shows and has performed in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Lydia’s audience is ever expanding, as she delights in discovering new ways to touch your heart.

Proposed approach and type of activities



Lydia Lockett’s professional practice is characterized by her dedication to face serious issues and find the humour in them as a way to validate people, heal them and most of all, uplift them. Her stand-up comedy proves this, as does her spoken word poetry. Lockett’s soulful music is a vehicle to fortify listeners facing difficult truths through relaxing and energizing sounds. Lockett’s acting shows sensitivity that reaches people. Her paintings, drawings and graphic designs are a pleasing sight, with plenty of joyfully life-affirming bright colours.

Other example of activities

Workshop 1

Spoken word poetry: a) Writing: freeing your creativity b) Analysis c) Performance

The objective of this workshop is to prepare students to perform spoken word on stage before public audiences. Lockett begins by presenting a history of jazz poetry and spoken word, the current scene and some of its poets using audiovisual excerpts and written texts. After discussion about the creative process, participants will be trained on aspects of performance, voice, posture, the use of the stage, performance preparation and after-performance routines. Students are encouraged to ask questions. There are writing exercises, followed by performances. Workshops can be presented for periods of three hours, over one or two days. a) Assemble a word bank that encourages the study of the orality and musicality of words. Find themes and develop the greatest amount of opportunities they offer. b) Listen to spoken word performances to observe the musicality of words. Note what especially attracted their attention. c) Pre-performance, performance and post-performance. Texts are delivered on stage with a microphone. Students comment on their performance and those of their peers for improvement and development.


Special conditions

Not exceeding $100 per day: Desks and solid chairs, a table. Pens, pencils, erasers and erasable pens, highlighter pens, paper. Rhythm instruments for children—shakers, tambourines, etc. A sound system, a microphone, a computer connected to the Internet and a projector. Stage lighting capabilities (for stand-up comedy. Preferred, but not essential).


For information


Phone : 514 932-2299
Email : lydialockett@gmail.com

Subject to taxes (GST, PST)

No

Levels

Secondary 3, Secondary 4, Secondary 5, Special education (secondary)

Available in

Bas-Saint-Laurent, Capitale-Nationale, Estrie, Montréal, Outaouais, Laval, Laurentides, Centre-du-Québec

Other language(s)

French

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