Physicality and Performing Arts Festival
MotionFest began as a dialog between performers back in 1998 at the Portland Juggling Festival in Portland Oregon. Below is the text of the original proposal. Some of the people listed are no longer involved in the project, but are still listed because they were there at the beginning. This page is here to shed some light on the development and reasons behind the festival.
This proposal comes from a group of concerned jugglers who believe that juggling should be promoted as a venue for performances, and by artists and audiences willing to make such a venue reality.
There are many juggling festivals with skill workshops, closed competitions and "public" shows but with extremely limited chances for performing and learning performance skills. They do not serve the practical, emotional or creative needs of a lot of people: the artists who perform, the producers who create shows, and the many that love to watch juggling in performance.
Unfortunately, there is presently no festival that focuses on performance, offering rare opportunities for amateurs and professionals to study, discuss mutual concerns, collaborate and work freely on stages in a nurturing environment.
These needs must be met, to see that senior artists continue to create and teach, that young artists are brought forward and helped to develop their craft, and that appreciative audiences are given their rightful due.
In order to ensure the growth and survival of our art, we propose and establish "NEW JUGGLING FESTIVAL '99", produced and performed by "We, The Jugglers", starting from the ground up.
We invite all jugglers who share our concerns to volunteer your talents to create a new event for juggling and jugglers. The following mission statement is in a process of evolution. We welcome your positive response and constructive input, your full participation, intelligence, skill, enthusiasm, ideas, and creative energy.
Mission Statement is posted here.)
The working name is "The New Juggling Festival". Suggestions for a final name will be posted, discussed, and voted on by jugglers on "The New Festival Web Site" and "rec. juggling.
Time, date, duration, and location are yet to be set. 1999 will be the event's first year. Juggling clubs and festivals presently running are welcomed to invite The New Festival to cooperate with them in producing the festival.
There will be performance opportunities for everyone. Producers, directors,and respected artists from many disciplines will participate through teaching stage craft workshops, creating and performing public and private shows, offering critique, hosting forums, and partying.
The festival site will have spaces conducive to comfortable performing, workshopping and experimenting.
The New Juggling Festival was born at the Portland Juggling Festival, Easter Sunday Morning, 1998.
Portland Festival, other regional festivals, and the European festivals are
the inspirations for creating The New Juggling Festival. Our concern and love
for the future of the art of juggling is ourmotivation. If we do nothing to
create such an event, then we are to be held responsible for the mediocrity,
If you believe that by working together we can create a strong, beautiful, and enduring event, then tag your name onto this "manifesto" and send it to all your colleagues, giving support and best wishes. To join the fun from the bottom, please donate your time and talent to perform, teach, work, or watch.
We welcome all who wish to participate.
Signed and published this day, June 30, 1998
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