Wayne Drozynski is no stranger to going outside the box for his art.
The seasoned poet, and founder of Brunswick-based Slant Light Poetry, has lent his literary work to everything from dramatic ekphrastic to slam poetry performances. Now, he and his group, who formed in the 1980s, are adding interpretive dance to their resumes.
“Embodiment,” a show slated for Wednesday at Sky Stage, will marry the mediums in a collaboration between Slant Light and Baltimore-based interpretive dance troupe LucidBeings Dance.
“We’ve been working since April and the show is pretty much together now,” Drozynski said. “They’re dancing to read property. We wanted to combine those two things in as many differ ways as possible.”
The show features 165 poems, combined in various ways with the dance moves, he continued. It will feature four Slant Light poets — Drozynski, Nichole Dowlearn, William Derge and Mickie Kennedy — and three LucidBeings dancers.
This show is not the first that Slant Light has collaborated with other types of artists. The group had a show in 2017 at Gallery 505 where the poets performed two poems for each piece of abstract art on display. The show with LucidBeings is the first time they have incorporated dance into a show, though.
“It’s been a kick working with them,” Drozynski said the LucidBeings dancers. “It’s one of the most amazing things that has ever happened to me. We are working in two entirely different ways but it’s been wonderful.”
Slant Light formed in the early 80s around Drozynski’s kitchen table in Rockville. Today, the group includes members from Baltimore to Southern Virginia to Katmandu and they still meet around the same kitchen table practice, only now it’s in Brunswick.
“When we started out doing things in Brunswick, a friend knew Kelly (Phebus, the owner) at 505. They were looking to pull more people into the market of the arts. They wanted to get as many people as possible who have never been inside the gallery inside the gallery,” Drozynski recalled. “It started with the Slant Light Poetry workshop.”
Now, the group has a number of performances under their belts, including “Slammin’ in the Belfry,” a slam poetry show at Beans in the Belfry, performances at the Wine and Chocolate walk, a month-long ekphrastic show at Gallery 505, a program at NOMA, and Johan Lowie’s “In Flanders Fields” commemorative at Blue Elephant.
Wednesday’s show is part of Sky Stage’s Second Wednesday Lit Night, which is typically an open mic for both poetry and prose performances. The scheduled open mic will still happen before the Slant Light and LucidBeings performances, according to a news release, with artists to sign up by 6:30 p.m. “Embodiment” is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.