The 2003 SLAB CITY SLAM opened on Friday evening, May 23., with a dynamic performance of David Mamets play ‘Oleanna’, acted by Ira Murfin, who also directed, and Gaby Cryan. [Photo: Ania Gorka & text: sa]

This is a powerful play. Ira interpreted the intensity of his role with natural fervour. Gaby easily and naturally became her role. [Photo: Ania Gorka & text: sa]

The play, which was written to take place in an office setting, was staged in the Arcosanti main office drafting area. [Photo: tt & text: sa]

Chad Bradley Nielson performed a dramatic shadow performance on this Gamelan, a traditional indonesian instrument. The inset shows part of the make-up, inspired by Indonesian shadow puppets, which Chad used in the actual performance. [Photo & text: sa]

‘The Worlds Greatest Shakespeare Company’, a part of ‘Arizona Classical Theater’, entertained the crowd with shakespearian based improve comedy. Other acts were the Saturday evening performance by avant garde dance group ‘Carpet Brigade’ with a punk-rock ‘Butoh’ performance in conjunction with ‘All Autonomie’, a punk-rock band from Prescott. A late Saturday bonfire in the Agua Fria riverbed next to the Arcosanti camp was provided with entertainment by ‘All Autonomie’ and Arcosantis own band ‘Dewey Pump’ accompanied by spontaneous delivery of poetry into the wee hours. [Photo: Ania Gorka & text: sa]

Feature poets from Arizona and beyond performed in various locations througout the event. The ‘Slam’ was dynamic and well attended. ‘Mesa National Team’ walked away with first prize, second prize went to ‘Mesa 2004 Team’ and third prize was awarded to the ‘Prescott Slam Team’. The ‘Urban Effect’ of this sizable group of creative people in the unique setting of Arcosanti transforms the construction site into a cultural events center for the entire Arizona community. Congratulations to Ira and Grand Master Dan Seaman for organizing a memorable meeting of the minds in the local world of poetry. [Photo: Ania Gorka & text: sa]

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