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Performance poet Adisa in one man show at Barbican

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:36 05 October 2010

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CELEBRATED performance poet Adisa will use poetry and music to explore one of the most profound years of the 20th century when he comes to the Barbican tonight (Tuesday). Following a theme of revolution, the performance explores the voices and movements o

CELEBRATED performance poet Adisa will use poetry and music to explore one of the most profound years of the 20th century when he comes to the Barbican tonight (Tuesday).

Following a theme of revolution, the performance explores the voices and movements of the year of Adisa's birth 1968, weaving folk, reggae, soul, afrobeat and hits such as I Heard It Through the Grapevine by Marvin Gaye, Upsetters by Bob Marley and the Wailers and Street Fighting Man by the Rolling Stones to draw a direct comparison with cultural attitudes today.

Adisa says: "The show draws parallels between two different points in history, 1968 and now, that share common themes including the human desire for global change and more individual freedom."

The one man show places generation next to generation and draws on Adisa's own relationship with his father to explore the notion of leadership, revolution, people power and citizenship and how these have changed across the decades.

Adisa has been a New Performance Poet of the Year and a Hackney Poet Laureate and has been published in anthologies including Poems Out Loud and Velocity.

His educational work has also been greatly celebrated, leading him to become one of the most highly sought after mentors and facilitators of creative writing to schools and young people in England.

Adisa will perform his show 1968 at the Barbican from 7.30pm tonight (Tuesday).

Tickets cost £7 from www.barbican.org.uk or 020 7638 8891


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