Bianca Phipps a rising star
By Patrick Hill @Pathill17
Bianca Phipps, a young Colorado spoken word poet, and actor. Bianca Phipps has performed countless plays from her child hood to her adulthood including “Hamlet.” She’s been part of the SOAPBox Production Slam CUPSI team from 2014 to 2015. For those who are not familiar with SOAPBox. It consists of undergraduate students of UNCO’s College of Performance and Visual arts with the shared goal of producing artistic projects and developments. Students would explore contemporary social and cultural issues through a theatrical medium. As Bianca Phipps enters her final year at University of North Colorado, she is prepared to tackle art outside of college. An art student with compassion and vision. Let’s not forget a poet. A very great poet might I say. She has written several poems including two most notable poems “The Heartbreaker” and her recent poem “Stay with me.” Both poems have push her to new heights. There is no bound what she can do. Her poet performance of “Stay with me” at the Button Poetry Slam night has garnish a lot of attention.
Her performance can be seen on video which you can find it on Button Poetry YouTube Channel. The video has over 65,075 views and has 5,564 likes. In the comment section of the video, you can see audiences rave about her performance. People quoting her words from her poem to compliments. One fan said her poem was “Amazing.” Another fan said, “let’s just appreciate how much talent this took to write.” While the other fan said, “Ever since I watched “Almosts”, I loved Bianca. Her choice of words is methodical, her voice tone alterations are opportune, her body language is demonstrative, and everything she does during her three-minute bits from pouring her feelings, to transitioning between intensities, to simply leaving the podium is perfect. Though I do appreciate impulsiveness in spoken word shows, I find myself fond of aptitude more… Bianca has both.”
Bianca Phipps “Stay with me” performance was powerful and touching. I manage to get in touch with her. I ask her questions about acting, art, performance, poetry, and future.
When did you fell in love with art?
I fell in love with art at a young age. I was always reading books: picture books, Nancy Drew, even my mom’s Reader’s Digests, anything I could get my hands on. It really opened up my eyes to the magic of storytelling and how many lives a person gets to live through stories.
What made you fall in love with art?
The moment I knew I was irrevocably in love with art was when I was nine. My mom took me to go see a live performance of Beauty and the Beast, and I spent the whole show on the edge of my seat. I had no idea that it was even an option to be a performer, and I knew from that moment on that I wanted to be able to bring stories to life.
Why is art important to you?
Art is important to me because it provides me with a platform to express parts of myself that I struggle to vocalize. Art is a universal language. I can show my vulnerabilities and my strengths. I can watch or read someone else’s work and find mirrors in the lines that reveal parts about me that I didn’t even know existed.
Who inspire you as a child and now?
I absolutely adored fictional characters. Hermione Granger and Nancy Drew were my idols as a child. I wanted to solve mysteries and learn magic. Growing up, I didn’t lose that adoration – but I do think I started to find people who reflected the qualities that I loved. Women who stood up for what they thought was right, not just for them but for everyone around them. Women like Maxine Waters, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ava DuVernay. Poets I look up to are Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Rachel McKibbens, and Raych Jackson – they all have such stunning, honest, and raw work and I hope one day I can be half as good as they are.
How important is art in today’s society?
Art is one of the most valuable resources we have today. Art elevates voices that are otherwise ignored. Art looks us in the eye and says, “what you’re feeling is not unique, and isn’t that relief?” It gives us the ability to find solace halfway around the world, and fight for justice in multiple ways.
Explain to me the absence of art would do to you and society?
I wouldn’t be alive without art. I don’t think that’s a statement that’s unique only to me. Art is my purpose and my drive. Without it, I wouldn’t be. On a grander scale, if art was removed from society, we would be stripped of our humanity. Art allows us to exist as someone else, and that someone else is always a real person. It humbles us. It connects us. It is what lifts us from the dust and gives language to what always feels unspeakable. Without it, we would be barren, lonely creatures.
When I saw your poet performance of “Stay with me,” I flipped the cup. Like literally flipped the cup. It was beautiful and brilliant. Describe that moment as you are performing that epic poem?
Ah, thank you so much! That poem is one of the most fun – and most difficult – to perform for me. I wrote it at a time where I was struggling to tell someone that I was in love with them – and tell myself that I was in love – and it took me weeks to figure out the line of thought that I wanted to follow through the poem. When I perform that poem, I always take a second to remember the way I felt when I performed it for the first time. And then I clear my head, and I start, and I don’t let up until it’s over.
Take me through the process of performing at a Button Poetry night. What was that experience like when you step on stage and when you step off after performing your poem in front of hundreds of people?
I’ve performed where Button is present a few times – at CUPSI, the collegiate level national poetry slam, and Rustbelt, a regional slam where “Stay With Me” was filmed – but I’ll talk about Rustbelt, specifically. There is no better energy than the energy at a poetry slam. Everyone in the room is cheering for everyone in the room, and they are such a responsive and emotive audience. There’s no shame. There’s no fear. It’s as large as a church service and as intimate as a house reading. Stepping onstage is always more frightening, I think – it’s a long walk from your seat to the stage, and the moment right before performing is so silent. And then you begin, and when it’s over, it’s a raucous celebration. There’s nothing like it.
Is it more difficult to memorize or show emotion?
For me, I think being able to honestly convey the emotion without letting it overwhelm me is the hardest part. I’m an actor, so memorization comes easy to me, but I am an incredibly emotional person, so giving the audience an honest performance without hurting myself is a fine line I am always trying to walk.
I notice you are involve with acting from films to theater. How long have you been acting?
I’ve been acting since the seventh grade! I’ve always been a very performative person, and when I started taking classes in middle school, I was swept away. Theatre is how I discovered slam poetry – so, it was all meant to be, in the end.
It almost seems like you can do anything. I mean you are just involving with a lot. What is your goal at the end of the day? Where do you see yourself in five years?
Oh, thanks! I like to keep myself busy. At the end of the day, if I can pay the bills with my acting, I’ll be happy. In five years, I like to see myself as a professional performer, living comfortably with my boyfriend and a cat we rescued. (The cat might not happen, but a girl can dream!)
So, what are you doing now, and what can we expect from you that we should be on the lookout?
I am currently in a production of Romeo & Juliet with Nebraska Shakespeare (so, if you live in Nebraska and want to see a kickass, sixty-five minute production of R&J, let me know). I’m in the works of writing a second chapbook, but writing is a slow process, so that won’t be out for another year or so. Follow me on Twitter or Instagram to know what I’m up to in my daily life!
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