Auckland based performance poetry troupe The Literatti have been presenting their genre defying fusion of spoken word, music, performance, visual art and elements of theatre since 2006.
Formed in late 2005 after founder Shane Hollands was inspired by the Def Jam Poets, the group has evolved a collaborative approach, combining multiple voices in an almost symphonic display of contemporary word play and working with numerous other performers, musicians, visual artists and the odd animator or two.
Their aim is always to personify poetry, transforming each poem into something that lives, breathes, sounds and behaves.
The group then set it to musical soundscapes that range from rock and electronica through to jazz, blues and reggae.
Poetry as never seen before!
Pictured – poets for the “Why Don’t We ..?”
show Auckland Fringe Festival 2011: Miriam Barr, Daniel Larsen, Shane Hollands, Jai MacDonald, Zanni Anderson, Christian Jensen, Jerry Beale, Gus Simonovic. Other members : Sabrina Muck and Anna Kaye Forsyth. photo: Erin Gaffney /Ideas Imbed Creative