In the summer of 2008, performing poets Ellom and Diana Norma made their debut collaborative performance at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris with musical collaborators Dennis Shafer, Mattias Leboucher and Elise Douylliez.
"Ellom and I had been corresponding, sharing written and recorded poetry, and we came to realize there was a beautiful sort of dialogue between our poems. We decided to meet in Paris, when Dennis and I were planning to perform there in July of 2008. Ellom came with her little red suitcase and stayed in a little room with red decorations. Staying in a friend's apartment, we did little else but talk about poetry and rehearse with the musicians in the living room of the apartment, since it was spacious enough and had a piano. Well, we did take walks, buy sheer, crimson fabric to perform with, drink coffee, and eat for long hours on terraces too.