Friday, November 21, 2008

Performance Artist/ Poet Kimberly Dark releases new CD

Release Party Sunday, November 23, 7 p.m., Eveoke Dance Theatre, 2811-A University Avenue, North Park

International touring artist Kimberly Dark returns home to San Diego to release her new spoken word CD entitled Location is Everything. Dark will perform one night only and some talented local artists will be on hand to help celebrate the release as well.

Please join Kimberly on November 23 at 7 p.m. at Eveoke Dance Theatre at 2811-A University Avenue in North Park. Admission is $5. This show will include guest appearances by a variety of spoken word and theatre artists including Gail Feldman of San Diego Women’s Repertory Theater, Michael Klam, who hosts the poetry event at the Balboa Park Museum of the Living Artist and Lea Caughlin of the Rubber Rose Gallery, among other special guests. Dark will perform as well – introducing the audience to some new work, as well as favorites from her touring performances. Expect a fun, fast-paced evening of entertainment.

Location is Everything combines the best of spoken word performance, storytelling, humor and social activism. From the exquisite narrative arc of “The Summer My Son Turned Sixteen” to the hilarious and illuminating “Public Woman” Dark’s mastery with this art form is clear. This collection was four years in the making and many of the tracks have brought audiences to their feet during Kimberly’s years of touring as a performance artist and poet. Southern Californians will recognize our particular landscapes in tracks such as “Roadside, Perris CA” and “Litter.” Dark grew up in San Diego and when she’s not touring, she can be found teaching in the Sociology Department at Cal State San Marcos

Dark’s voice soothes and seduces and at times, speaks with a compassionate authority. In this collection, Dark reminds us that Location is Everything when it comes to understanding the world around us – and understanding ourselves. Producer Alicia Champion of Durga Studios has added richness and texture to the tracks using both music and sound effects. Listeners are drawn into poems such as “Work of Art” through music, and the lava bubbling and steam hissing behind “Pele” are mesmerizing.

Of past releases, the Salt Lake Tribune says “Dark doesn’t shy away from provocative, even incendiary statements, but don’t expect a rant. Her shows, leavened with humor, are more likely to explore how small everyday moments can inform the arc of our lives.” According to the San Diego Union Tribune, "Dark's love poems are candid... and helped earn her an enthusiastic standing ovation from an audience of several hundred." The Evening Echo in Cork Ireland calls Dark “a force to be reckoned with on every level.”

Location is Everything reveals Dark as both a beautiful writer and a skillful social analyst. Throughout the collection, Dark reminds us that our social location is critical to understanding the world – and ourselves. There’s no question about where you should be on November 23. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Kimberly Dark in action.