MotionFest West 2003 Festival Workshops:
are divided into two types, Intensive and Lecture.
Intensive workshops will be 3 hours long and will be repeated each
day. Each day the attendees should choose a different one to attend. Class size
will be limited to allow for small ratio of teacher to students.
Afternoon Lecture classes will be open enrollment with no limit on class
size. Students can choose while onsite which to attend. They will be 90 minutes
in length and will be presented each day so that students can attend a variety
of them as they wish. Lectures will be less in-depth versions of the morning
intensives unless otherwise noted.
also be skills workshops covering various techniques, as interest is
shown. These will be offered during the same time as other lecture workshops.
note! Intensive instructors will also be teaching lecture workshops
during the afternoon sessions. Each student will be able to participate
in one intensive workshop per day.
Listings are subject to change... Keep checking in...
Intensive Workshop Instructors
Tentative Intensive Schedule
Thursday (beginner), Friday (advanced), Saturday (advance)
Karl Baumann - Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Davison - Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Ronlin Foreman - Saturday, Sunday
Spina - Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Kenny Raskin - Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Jeff Raz -
Thursday, Friday, Sunday
Eccentric Performing This workshop will be
presented on Thursday and is meant as a beginners workshop if you have
not had Avner before. Instructor:
of Eccentric Performing Principles to Creating Routines
This workshop will be presented on Friday
and Saturday and is meant to teach more advanced methods building on
those in the beginning workshop Instructor:
Development The natural
ways we all move, walk, and talk are unique to each individual.
Idiosyncrasies can be an asset. Exaggerating a supposed "weakness" can
enrich a performance. We will focus on developing these individual
aspects, enhancing them to create a stronger character and act.|
Precision is the next step, after discovering your individual way of
moving. Every action needs to be visibly clear, so the audience
can read you on stage. This precision in movement can be likened to
creating an animated cartoon, frame by frame. The goal is to intrigue
the audience by everything you do on stage. This includes simple walks,
looks, or even standing still.
The class utilizes improvisation, reflection, and organization to help
you define, refine, and polish your character. Instructor:
Movement with Objects A workshop
for all kinds of performers who want to expand and refine their
movement on stage. Classical concepts of posture, line, locomotion and
projection will be introduced in ways that allow you to adapt the
to your personal style. This work will then be extended into the
objects. Your props will become your partners as we explore the
creative possibilities of moving with objects. Wear loose clothing and
props you would like to work with.|
|Using Music to Enhance
Your Routine Simple stage
movements can be made stronger, when you perform them with music.
Audiences no longer see a performer reaching for a prop, they see a
story, however simple, unfolding. We will explore how the music can help
define your routine, enhancing your act to support and sell your
presentation. We will also practice some basic movement skills.
Instructor: Joanie Spina|
|The Purposeful Art
of Living with Accidents Clowns lives in a world
of spontaneity, flexibility and distractibility. They
follow their noses, and the rest of their senses, as well. This will be
an opportunity for students to sniff out their clowns, which is an
essential part of a powerful presence, on stage and off.|
Attendees will also learn to create accidents, to see them coming, and
to profit from them -- in a sense, to make 'accidents' intentional. How
to create an impact on arrival, and an even bigger impact on departure.
This workshop will be enlightening as well as fun. You will find
yourself being funny without trying to be. What a relief!
Physical Characters Workshop will start with approaches to creating
physical characters. Then use these characters to work on classic routines;
concentrating on the three basic partnerships that need to come alive in any
act - partnership with fellow performers, with the audience and with inanimate
objects (props, music, light, etc.). After absorbing some of the history and
structure of physical theater into their bodies, we will explore techniques
for developing original work. Personal stories will be mined for material that
engages our hearts and minds. Material is then translated into the physical
and metaphoric world of clowning and Commedia to give depth to the routines.
Instructor: Jeff Raz.|
workshops and more descriptions of intensive workshops to follow soon!!! |
Your Act Together One of the many highlights at
MotionFest is the evening critique session. Attendees perform in front
of their peers, and receive constructive feedback.|
We wanted to expand this format, and make it even more effective.
Robert Nelson was kind enough to offer his expertise.
Friday and Sunday afternoon Mr. Nelson, acting as a turbo director,
will work with three acts (total of six acts). Note: During these
sessions participants should be prepared to perform their acts, and
receive instant directorial feedback. This is NOT a writing session.
Acts need to sign up in advance. In fact, Mr. Nelson has requested
that you send him an UNEDITED video of your show (20 minutes max)
along with a list of EVERYTHING you do (i.e., your skills). Send this,
along with a phone number where you can be reached easily. All
materials must be received two weeks
prior to Motionfest, so he has time to review them.
Please contact Robert Nelson directly to make arrangements for sending
your tape. The phone number is:
(three-one-zero) eight-two-seven three-six-nine-two Instructor:
Comedy for Variety Acts You already have an
act. Why not make it funnier?|
Variety acts inherently include lots of backstory. The situations and
the props we utilize in our acts are all potential set-ups, patiently
waiting for their punch lines.
Daniel Holzman and Scotty Meltzer share techniques on how to mine the
specifics of your act to get more laughs out of your routine. Please
bring writing materials, and your favorite prop(s). Instructors: Dan
Holzman and Scotty Meltzer
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