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Carnivor Carnival: Cannibal Poetry
When words become part of a creation process escaping the laws of literary language in order to materialize themselves and vividly make their appearance on stage, it is slam we are talking about. Slam is this scathing, often devouring vitality that shakes up poetry and elevates it to the point where it becomes a genuine oral art form within popular culture.

In Carnaval Carnivore: Poésie Cannibale, Thomas Langlois offers a series of slam performances whose discursive virtuosity highly challenges the mechanisms of speech with an innocent, yet intentionally cruel pleasure. Words that bite, pierce and impact all senses, welcoming new experiences on an auditory and visual level. Throughout his poetry, Thomas Langlois does not produce an annihilation of the language, but rather seeks to reconstruct its poetic speech, pushing its expression to the limits. Imbued with a strong sense of theatricality and performativity, his text definitely permits the slam to be seen vibrating in a simultaneous movement with the Dionysiac poet’s body, as it is a kind of poetry aspiring towards a total expressivity, cast through the pulsations of the voice.

Thomas Langlois conducts a doctorate research in performing arts at the Université Laval, in Quebec City (Canada), where he develops an original creation approach (acting and staging): slam-theatre, a métissage between the art of pop poetry – that made him known as a vibrating poet of the stage in Quebec, Canada – and of Meyerhold’s biomechanics of which he is so passionned and that he uses not only as a training method for the actor but also as an aesthetics of the grotesque.

Thomas Langlois conducts a doctorate research in performing arts, under the supervision of Liviu Dospinescu, at the Université Laval, in Quebec City (Canada), in which he develops an original creation approach (acting and staging): slam-theatre, a métissage between the art of pop poetry – that made him known as a vibrating poet of the stage in Quebec, Canada – and of Meyerhold’s biomechanics of which he is so passionate and that he uses not only as a training method for the actor but also as an aesthetics of the grotesque.
A performance by Thomas Langlois
Carnaval Carnivor
Language: French

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