Disturbance, the musical

DISTURBANCE, a musical scored by Tony Award-winning producer Mark Ferris and based on Ivy Alvarez’s verse novel that explores the impact of domestic violence, premieres at Musicasa in Tokyo on 2 July 2019, and runs to 4 July 2019.

Please visit the website to learn more, including a full interview with Ms Alvarez. Here’s an excerpt:

How does it feel to see your work adapted for the stage? 

Incredibly surreal! That this could be a possibility for my poetry is not something I could have foreseen. Truly, it’s a thrill and privilege.

Read the rest here.

Below are rehearsal photos from the show.

Media and blog coverage

A poem in Aotearotica

Ivy Alvarez’s poem features in Volume Six of Aotearotica. Guest edited by Monica Macansantos, she writes,

In Satisfaction, Auckland-based poet Ivy Alvarez explores the intersections of eating and sex, depicting the act of eating a mango (the quintessential Filipino fruit) as a fundamentally sensual experience that, like sex, does not have to transcend its physicality to be profound in its revelations.


Copies of Volume Six are available here.

Podcast interview on Your Artsy Girl

Episode 11 of Your Artsy Girl podcast: Aileen Cassinetto and Ivy Alvarez

Aileen I. Cassinetto (Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, CA) and Ivy Alvarez (Auckland, New Zealand) feature on Your Artsy Girl, hosted by Cristina Querrer.

A poem from Diaspora: Volume L also features on the Paloma Press website as part of National Poetry Month.

This episode also receives a mention in Cristina Querrer’s 29 April interview with Radio Public: “The second most pivotal episode was when I recorded two poets from opposite sides of the world at the same time! Aileen Cassinetto was in California and Ivy Alvarez was in New Zealand.”