» Catalyst Series
Climbing PoeTree
Intermedia Arts and Free Black Dirt present
Saturday & Sunday, May 3 & 4, 2014 | 8PM
Tickets: $12 Advance, Student, Senior | $15 at the Door


Climbing PoeTree is the combined force of two boundary-breaking soul sisters who have sharpened their art as a tool for popular education, community organizing, and personal transformation. Alixa and Naima interweave spoken word, hip hop, and award-winning multimedia theater to expose injustice, channel hope into vision, and make a better future visible, immediate, and irresistible. With flawless cadence and impeccable lyricism, Alixa and Naima weave together their voices to tell powerful stories of love and liberation, state and personal violence, social, environmental, racial, and sexual justice, woman's empowerment, and human transcendence.


Free Black Dirt is artistic partnership formed by Minneapolis based collaborators, Junauda Petrus and Erin Sharkey. Committed to the creating original theatre and performance, hosting innovative events, organizing local artists, and promoting and supporting the emerging artists’ community in the Twin Cities, Free Black Dirt seeks to spark and engage in critical conversations.  Junauda Petrus is a writer and aerialist and performer and ragamuffin and gardener and black and a cosmic bag lady and has a gap in her teeth. Erin Sharkey is a prose poet, essayist, educator and graphic designer, passionate about creating events and spaces where community and art can live. 

This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.