Mark your calendars for October 5th 2023 when ‘Portrait of a Poet’ the live performance breakthrough from multi-award-winning artist Princess Arinola Adegbite (P.A.BITEZ) is released. Portrait of a Poet is closing the Manchester Independents programme, premiering at Manchester’s artistic hub The Whitworth Art Gallery as a part of their Thursday Lates for only one spectacular night.
Portrait of a Poet is P. A. BITEZ’s surreal live performance art piece about the ways we all perform for love, safety and acceptance. The piece is both visceral and tender, combining live conceptual art instructions, poetry, opera and projection art in a captivating and honest portrayal of identity, agency and self perception. Audiences may or may not enact the art instructions.
Bitez portrays the way we all perform in a world that requires perfection from us. The performance is not just a one-night marvel; it will be filmed and transformed into a short conceptual film – a blend of live elements and scripted sequences. This film adaptation will debut on P.A.BITEZ’s YouTube channel.
“Spend your day as a poem. Smile at misinterpretations. ”
“Pretend for one day you are not your race, age, nationality, class or gender. Look at everyone’s reality like it is as valid and real as yours. When people ask for your name reply with the month you were born.”