Phoebe Tsang gave a stellar performance at last weekend’s “Figure of Speech, An Evening of Tango” hosted by the Majlis Arts organization, joined by the talented Dr. Tatiana Melnyk and Lisandro Gomez.
Combining her talents as a poet with awe-inspiring violin solos on dancing feet, Phoebe created a beautiful, healing experience for her audience who felt touched by her theatrical descent into mental fragility. The angst of her poetry was powerfully rendered onstage, hitting the audience with a new-found appreciation for poetry’s redemptive properties.
The readings were taken from her upcoming poetry collection, Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse, a book of love spells that offers an existential exploration of love and mortality, expressed through fairytale language. In her performance of “Seven Days Without You,” Phoebe expressed the depravity of abandonment, hair flung down in front of her face, body closed in on itself, moving tremulously across the stage as she declared in a self-conscious, sultry whisper: “Tuesday: eyes ringed with ash-grey—have you been trying to set me on fire again?”
If all poetry were given the celebratory treatment this multidisciplinary performance allowed, it would quickly become the preferred reading matter for the mainstream.
Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse hits bookstores this October.