Quotes and Reviews:
believe that MotionFest is a great opportunity for players of all kinds to get
together and not only share ideas but also to get to know each other. It sort
of creates a big family of friends. The people who attended my Celebration Barn
through the years have formed powerful friendships that have helped to alleviate
the loneliness of touring. We need family. Keep up the good work. The MotionFest
idea is a damn good one and... it can help the FAMILY of performers."
am still bathing in the glow of the weekend. It was truly a wonderful experience.
I am telling everyone I know to go to the next one."
many busy professional entertainers, my partner and I have a hard time finding
the time to further our professional development. In a stimulating, fun, and
highly beneficial creative environment, MotionFest provided us with that essential
artistic spark. We were able to study many aspects of our art form with other
like-minded movement and variety artists, and we emerged enriched and energized.
We thank the producers and supporters of MotionFest for allowing us this opportunity
to grow as artists. We now plan to spread the joy to our students and our audiences!"
Newlin and Joanne Flynn/ The NicoloWhimsey Show
was a great experience and great to be exposed to some new talent. I thought
the event was a success.The faculty was great, the classes were most effective
in the 4 hour intensives. Thanks again."
a short note to say again how much I/we loved the Fest...learned a ton, reconnected
with a lot of ol' pals, made a bunch of new ones and came away with renewed enthusiasm
for this crazy career!"
and Linda Peck
the MotionFest is now over and it was great! Dick Monday taught the most amazing
improv classes I've ever taken, and Tony Montonaro's workshops in mime were nothing
short of earth moving. There was an open stage where I was able to try out new
ideas and find out what worked and what clearly did not. Learned two new club
swing moves and a whole lot of juggling history from Karmazov Bro- Tim Furst,
the most knowledgable man on juggling I've ever met. Met scores of performers
from all over the country and saw old clown college pal Martha Fournier who is
still awesome... The public show was by far the BEST public show I have ever
seen at a convention. The stand-out piece for me was Dick Monday and Barry Lubin's
"ventriloquist act." Michael Menes was amazing, Mike Rosman gave a great performance
of his rola bola routine, Karl Baumann of Cirque du Soliel bounced all over a
table for 7 minutes and Tony Montonaro came out and TALKED before doing several
fantastic mime routines. Dick and Barry gave great performances of their solo
work and it was all held together by Robert "Butterfly Man" Nelson, who is a
walking library of anecdotes and stories."
was like trying to drink from a firehose. There was just so much offered and
my whole philosophy was to keep telling myself, "Be A Sponge! Soak up all you
can, because you may never have a chance like this again." MotionFest gave me
plenty of direction and helped me focus on what I need to do to get to the level
I'm trying to get to. What I have learned in the past few months can only help
me as a performer in my school shows. I'll never be satisfied with what I can
do, there will always be something I can make better. It was very exciting to
see someone like Dan Holzman dancing Riverdance with me on stage, because he
is trying to get better everyday. He has achieved just about everything one can
do in show business, but he was there just like the rest of us. What a magical
experience it all was!"
amazing web has been spun and I'm glad to be a part of it."
San Francisco, CA
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