What they're saying about Tanzspiel...

"A fusion of mime and dance that delights the senses and the spirit; a poignancy that never loses its hard comic edge."

- Barbara Richmond, Halifax Dance, Canada


*****

"We wonder, laugh, and dream..."

- Sudwest Presse, Germany

*****

"...refined, sensual, mysterious."

- York County Star, Maine, U.S.A.

*****

"...a delight!"

Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio, U.S.A.


What they're saying about Tanzspiel School Programs...


"The children at Parkview Elementary School were mesmerized today by the performance of Karen Montanaro. Her one-of-a-kind program combines the grace, poise, and style of a professional ballet dancer with the drama, humor, and excitement of an accomplished mime. In one segment, she becomes a fearsome tiger, and the artistic tension of the audience was palpable. Lastly, her program is cerebral. Students had to construct the meaning of her stories as she transformed herself from one character to another. The only disappointment was that it came to an end."

-Dr. Mary Ellen Toscano, Parkview Elementary School, North Easton, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

*****

"How impeccably magnificent!... I have never in three years here nor in all my 30 years of experience been witness to a group of students and adults being so spellbound, engaged and involved in a highly creative yet relevant theatrical performance! For sharing your gift, talent and enthusiasm for the arts, I thank you on behalf of all students and staff."

- Barbara Galvin, EDCO Collaborative

*****

"Karen Montanaro mesmerized our students!"

- Jennifer Null, SAD61, Maine, U.S.A.

*****

"...the performance wasn't an evening devoted entirely to dance or mime, but instead an intelligent conversation between the two."

- Round Top Center for the Arts, Damariscotta, ME

*****

"...Karen Montanaro was fabulous. She captured the student's attention and wrapped the in motivation to express through movement."

- Spurwink Schools, ME (Workshops)

*****

"...Karen more than fulfilled expectations... she engaged each workshop participant at an appropriate level and helped them build their own ideas into performance pieces. This was an exciting, creative learning experience for all. Karen's ability to inspire connections between movement and narrative, between idea and performance is unsurpassed! We recommend Karen's workshops most highly!"

- Denmark Art Center, Denmark, ME (Workshops and Performance)

*****

"Working in Special Education presents a diverse spectrum of learning opportunities for me as well as the students that I teach. Still, I am met with frustration in not being able to get the students to pay attention.

And then we met Karen Montanaro. She got our attention. Taking the risk of trying Karen's mime moves meant that they might fail or be laughed at. But it also meant that they might succeed; they might find courage to confront the fear; they might find a piece of themselves that they never knew existed.

Karen shared her wisdom about tapping into the infinite potential of what is possible. She urged the students to always do their best and to use all of their energy for each task. She encouraged them to try one more time when they wanted to give up. She planted seeds of hope for them to grow into their highest potential. She showed patience and believed in their abilities, allowing ...them to emerge from their shells to dance outside of their walls."


- Nicole Gamblin, Special Educator

*****

"Karen Montanaro mesmerized our students!"

- Jennifer Null, SAD61, Maine

*****

"Karen is a true professional; she is a dynamic performer engaging the audience throughout her performance. Bravo!"

- Deertrees Theatre, Harrison, ME

*****

"...Karen Montanaro was fabulous. She captured the student's attention and wrapped them in motivation to express through movement."

- Spurwink Schools, ME (Workshops)

*****

"...Karen more than fulfilled expectations... she engaged each workshop participant at an appropriate level and helped them build their own ideas into performance pieces. This was an exciting, creative learning experience for all. Karen's ability to inspire connections between movement and narrative, between idea and performance is unsurpassed! We recommend Karen's workshops most highly!"

- Denmark Art Center, Denmark, ME (Workshops and Performance)

*****

"...the performance wasn't an evening devoted entirely to dance or mime, but instead an intelligent conversation between the two."

- Round Top Center for the Arts, Damariscotta, ME


What they're saying about Karen Montanaro...

"What do you get when you cross Marcel Marceau with Anna Pavlova? Answer: Karen Montanaro."

- The Aragon Herald, Spain

*****

"Karen Montanaro... has brought the fusion of pantomime and dance to it's highest level of expressiveness."

- Main Echo, Hanau, Germany

*****

"Fabulous humor often combined with tender poetry or a dash of romance... [Karen Montanaro is] a supple ballerina of fully-matured technique."

- Saarbrucker Zeitung, Germany

*****

"There is a new approach to disciplined dance communication and Karen Montanaro is a messenger for the next millennium. Combining a strong background in classical ballet, Karen has incorporated the ancient art of Mime into the smooth and elegant moves of a dancer. She went on to perform her interpretations of mime and dance combinations, carrying us through several stories including a ride through the old west and a hunt in the jungle. It was beautiful the way she moved us through her stories with original choreography. It is truly a unique way of presenting a tale"

- Portland Club Newsletter, Portland, Maine, U.S.A.

*****

"...certain of the mark, precise in every gesture, dominating in her roles."

- Darmstadter Tagblatt, Germany


*****

"...a fine dancer with amazing extension and the innate ability to dance for her audience without sacrificing her own joy in her art."

- Portland Press Herald, Maine, U.S.A.

*****

"What a delight it was to see Karen Montanaro perform... She is nothing short of amazing... Her workshop had about sixty theatre majors utterly mesmerized. She gave a wonderful explanation of the art of mime, its technique and theory, and its connection to dance. Her technique was impressive, and her capacity for expression through movement captivating. Unlike many artists, Karen is highly articulate, and her oral presentation was both clear and fascinating... Her performances were exceptional, and I look forward to repeating the presentation as soon as we can."

- Ken Keaton, Associate Dean, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.A.


*****

"...Karen is a true professional; she is a dynamic performer engaging the audience throughout her performance. Bravo!"

- Deertrees Theatre, Harrison, ME



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