Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Elevate / Art Above Underground presents an international live performance

this Friday, Sept 16 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm

and Saturday, Sept 17th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm


is based on a performance in Paris now redesigned for Atlanta's Underground and ELEVATE art installations.
Experience performance artists from French theatre collective Dérézo in town to collaborate with Atlanta's Théâtre du Rêve for EIGHT site-specific performances culminating in a live jazz concert with local and French musicians. 

Meet at the Fountain Plaza in Underground.

Visitors will tour each performance in small groups led by a docent from Théâtre du Rêve. Tours begin and end at the Fountain Plaza where the entire crowd will be treated to a brilliant live concert by Electro Jazz Collaboration with Arnaud Hugonie of Atlanta and Yann Gueguen of Brest, France.

You'll never see your city the same way again, as hidden corners and balconies are redefined and reactivated.

The Microfiction performance project is based on a novel by French writer Régis Jauffret called Microfictions, winner of the 2007 France Culture/Telerama Literary Prize. Microfictions features 500 short stories, each just one and a half pages long celebrating the diversity, fragility, and above all the commonality of the human condition. Microfictions was performed in Paris in 2008 during a nine-hour event at the Theatre du Rond-Point on the Champs Elysées. 

Now, Théâtre du Rêve brings Microfictions to The ATL as a remarkable urban experience that breathes life into unexpected places through storytelling, highlighting subtleties in the familiar that often go unnoticed. Eight site-specific performances will be performed in different styles including puppetry.  The production molds itself to Atlanta’s urban landscape for the first time bringing together artists from France and Atlanta to create an interactive art experience that travels from place to place.

Microfiction is a project of Elevate/ Art Above Underground, an initiative of the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Poetry greats bless us with a reading in downtown Tomorrow, Wednesday September 07th, 2011 at 6pm

We have all seen the beautiful columns of Harriett Rising,   a project produced by the collaboration of Lisa Tuttle and Alice Lovelace. 

This Wednesday - September 07th at 6pm. 

Come hear this amazing lineup of talented and accomplished poets perform. Seating is provided, refreshments will be served and creative atmosphere will most definitely be surrounding you.

This reading will include the following artists:

Chauncey Beaty

Chauncey has won numerous poetry slams, but carries the titles of the 2006 “She Slam” winner, a member of a 2006 Columbus, Ohio National Poetry Slam Team, a member of the 2007 Midwest Poetry Slam League, and the 2008 Writer’s Block Individual World Poetry Slam representative. In addition, she is the 2009 Art Amok Grand Slam winner, member of the 2009Art Amok National Poetry Slam Team and Art Amok’s Women of the World Poetry Slam representative for 2009 and 2010. She is a two time Women of the World Poetry Slam finalist, ranking 6th in 2009 and in 2010, Poetry Slam, Inc. ranked

Chauncey the 3rd female slam poet in the world.Chauncey is the founder of Hope Springs Institute’s Annual Women’s Poetry and Performance Retreat

Ayodele Heath 

An Atlanta native, Ayo is author of Otherness (Brick Road Poetry Press).  A graduate of the MFA program at New England College, he is recipient of fellowships to Cave Canem and the Caversham Center for Artists (South Africa).  He has been a featured performer at such venues as the National Black Arts Festival, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and the Turner South 'My South Speaks' television campaign.  His awards include a 2009 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize in Poetry and an Atlanta Bureau for Cultural Affairs Emerging Artist grant.

Theresa Davis

In 2002, Theresa joined forces with her mother and brother to form the spoken word performance group MoDaSo (Mother/ Daughter/ Son) and released two music CD's "This is for Family" and "The Uncivil War".  She is a member of The Word Diversity Collective/Art Amok and represented Atlanta as a member of the 2006 - 2010 Art Amok Slam Team. In 2009 Theresa was ranked 8th female poet in the world as a finalist in the Women of the World Poetry Slam.  In March of 2011, Theresa competed in the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Columbus Ohio. She won.Voted Best of Atlanta Spoken Word by Creative Loafing 2008 and 2009; SOVO "Best of Gay Atlanta Poetry/Spoken Word 2009; Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion 2011; Atlanta Art Amok Slam Team Grand Champion 2011.

Mariangela Mihai  

A poet and visual artist originally from Romania, and a senior in the Anthropology department at Emory University.  She is also the president of Emory’s Ethics and the Arts Society, a student arts organization whose mission is to explore the intersection between creativity and ethics, and the role art plays in inspiring positive social change. Finally, Mariangela believes that being a decent human being is not only necessary to being a good artist, but also more important.

Alice Lovelace

Alice has performed poetry and "autobiographical myths" in venues from New York City to Washington state to Chattanooga, TN and extensively around the southeast region. Writing credits include:Remembering My Birth: New and Collected Poems, Black Coffee, Forever, and This Is for Family (CD). Her work has appeared in High Performance Magazine, Drumvoices,  Drumvoices Revue, Catalyst Magazine, The LOVE Anthology, Up Town/On the Town, and the anthology Black Poetry of the 80's From the Deep South.

She performs on college campuses such as Emory, The Evergreen State College, Amherst University, Spelman College,  Concordia college, Columbia College, Oxford College, Berea College, Florida AMU, and Salem College. 
Alice collaborated with Lisa Tuttle to create the “Harriet Rising” public art project as part of Elevate: Art above Underground.

Programming 2011 Elevate//Art Above Underground September - October

Thursday, September 1, 2011


So we have been pretty good about letting you know about our big opening party. We know this because the streets were filled with all of - everyone. 

Some of our programming dates have changed like:
LELAVISION IS AT 11:30 am tomorrow NOT 7:00pm. 
Now that we got that cleared up... 
 Check out our brand new programming schedule



YEP, just like reading a book. Flip through 
September + October programming, 
the new map with additional projects 
and an exclamation point or two.


Lelavision Physical Music Ensemble

If you missed the show on Friday you surely need to come see Lelavision Today at Upper Alabama Street. 

As a partnership with Emory University Ela and Leah have been working on projects which speak to alternative transportation such as their 6 wheeled soundcycle (seen above). More on their collaboration may be seen at eScience Commons .


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Artist Spotlight

Fahamu Pecou
Rising Sons Lounge

The artist works within a storefront space, September 23rd to October 30th, on a new series called Rising Sons. Artist will work to reach out to the area demographic hopefully receiving an assistant from the area whom will help him complete his series. Artist will host artist talks, djs, and other kinds of programming throughout the entire process.