Kay and Kaye believe everyone is a poet
Kay and Kaye — and their young, spoken word peers — are redefining what it means to be an American poet, while delivering funny, poignant performances in the process.
Spoken Word with Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye comes to The Eccles Center on March 26. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 435-655-3114 or online at EcclesCenter.org. The performance is presented by the Park City Institute.
Both Kay and Kaye took to the stage as spoken-word poets in their teens — barely a decade ago. When they tour and perform together, they riff off of each other’s wit and pure creativity, creating humor, tension and thought-provoking art. On stage and in the classroom, they also inspire new voices.
"This is extraordinary, eye-opening, thoroughly entertaining, raw, wonderful entertainment," says Park City Institute Executive Director Teri Orr. "Forget any preconceived notions of poetry and let the words of these brazen, unpretentious poets wash over you — or slam into you — for an evening."
Not only a poet, Sarah Kay is the founder of Project VOICE — a non-profit promoting empowerment through literacy — as well as a documentary filmmaker, singer, songwriter and teacher. And she speaks across generations and cultures.
At age 27, Kay has performed for 14 years and is best known for her 2011 TED Talk, which garnered two standing ovations and more than 8 million views.
She has also published two books, the best-selling "B" and "No Matter the Wreckage," as well as poems and articles in everything from the Huffington Post to Treehouse Magazine.
Kay has also been a featured poet on "Russell Simmons presents HBO Def Poetry Jam" and toured the world as a performance poet and guest speaker.
Phil Kaye, co-director of Project VOICE, is a fellow Brown University alum and two-time recipient of the National College Poetry Slam (CUPSI) award for "Pushing the Art Forward." He has performed in international and stateside venues ranging from sold-out theaters to maximum-security prisons.
Kaye was also recently invited to perform at His Holiness The Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday celebration.
His work has been featured on NPR, Al Jazeera America, Upworthy.com and other media outlets. His first book, "A Light Bulb Symphony," was published in 2011.
In addition to the Eccles Center performance, Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye will participate in Park City Institute’s free student outreach program for an entire week of assemblies and workshops with local high school and middle school students.
Park City Institute presents Spoken Word with Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye on March 26, 2016 at The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, 1750 Kearns Blvd. Tickets range from $25-$75. There are $5 seats available in the Copper Section for Summit County students in grades K through 12. Tickets and information are available by calling 435-655-3114 or visiting EcclesCenter.org.
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