Karen Montanaro, an extraordinary mime dancer whose work focuses on the ideas of individual creativity and communication without words, was our regional Artist in Residence from May 1-2 and May 27-30. The residency was a huge success, with audiences of all ages (whether in schools or at our public performance) completely engaged and amazed. One teacher shared this feedback with us: 

"Just wanted to say that Karen Montanaro was terrific at Conway Elementary school. The kids and faculty were so impressed with her skill in performing and connecting her performance to school success strategies. Great show, great energy ...very relevant to current school/ daily life needs."

Karen performed at both the Littleton Opera House and the Medallion Opera House (in Gorham) with restaurant specials offered for a pre or post show dinner, and students performed with her at each show.

Purchase Tickets7:00 p.m., Friday, May 30

Medallion Opera House
20 Park St., Gorham, NH
$12 Adults, $10 Students, $25/Family
Discounts for Arts Alliance Members

"Tanzspiel," a great evening of mime-dance for all ages. This performance includes selections from Karen's amazing original repertoire including "Hunter & Tiger," "Silent Movie Heroine," "The Babysitter," "the Ol' Gunslinger," "Baseball," "Big City Rhythms," "A Wonderful World" and the brand-new "Sing!" based on the work of "eccentric dancers" like Charlie Chaplin and the Ritz Brothers. Don't miss your chance to catch this incredible performance in Gorham,  at the beautiful Medallion Opera House! The program was an incredible success at the Littleton Opera House in early May and at the Medallion Opera House in late May.

Children in grades 3 through 7 were invited to come for a rehearsal at 5:30 pm at the Opera House. There was no charge to participate. 

Restaurant Offers: 

"Early Summer in New Hampshire" Dinner & a Show in Gorham at Libby's Bistro

We offered a special dinner rate at Libby's Bistro (2 courses for $15) followed by a performance of "Tanzspiel" by award-winning mime dancer Karen Montanaro, whose captivating work includes "Hunter & Tiger", "The Ol' Gunslinger" and "What a Wonderful World". Reservations required (5 or 5:30 p.m.) for seating for the dinner. 

 

Dinner & a Show at Saladino's in Gorham:

Stop by Saladino's before or after the show on May 30th to receive 10% off your entree! 5-9 p.m. Just show them your ticket or print out your email confirmation!

Past Workshops - Karen's Return Visit

Purchase Tickets#1 Speaking Without Words - Using Movement and Body Awareness to Reach All Students

A Workshop for Teachers, Parents, Care Providers & All Those Who Work With Children

Tuesday, May 27, 3:30 p.m. Networking, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Workshop

Conway Elementary School, Conway, NH
$12 Workshop Fee ($10 AANNH Members) - for those who work with all ages/grade levels - scholarships available

Purchase Tickets#2 Speaking Without Words - Using Movement and Body Awareness to Reach All Students

A Workshop for Teachers, Parents, Care Providers & All Those Who Work with Children

Wednesday, May 28, 3:30 p.m. Networking, 4:00-5:30 p.m. Workshop

Plymouth Elementary School, Plymouth, NH
$15 Workshop Fee ($12 AANNH Members) - for those who work with all ages/grade levels - scholarships available

Purchase Tickets#3 Speaking Without Words - Using Movement and Body Awareness To Reach All Children

A Workshop for Teachers, Parents, Care Providers & All Those Who Work With Young Children

Thursday, May 29, 5:30 p.m. Networking, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Workshop

White Mountains Community College, Berlin, NH
FREE Workshop - focusing on early childhood (preK-Grade 3)

About the Workshops:

Karen Montanaro, mime dancer, uses the universal language of movement to speak - and listen - to people of all ages, and to engage them in interactive learning. In this workshop, Karen will lead participants in exploring a variety of ways to introduce students of all ages, abilities and learning styles to important movement and body-awareness concepts, and she will offer teachers, parents and care providers an opportunity to use these methods in helping all children learn to be more focused, creative and collaborative. (The Berlin workshop will focus specifically on early childhood education, preK-grade 3.) 

Karen will share stories and experiences that illustrate how physical movement can be used in the classroom (and community settings) to deliver curriculum as well as to address social and behavioral issues. She will offer movement exercises and teaching strategies that professionals can adapt to whatever population they serve. Karen has extensive and varied experience with children and adults with learning differences; particular attention will be paid during the workshop to working with children with special needs. 

Professional development credit will be offered. For scholarship or other inquiries, please email programs@aannh.org or call 603-323-7302. 

Flyer

Past Workshops/Events

Purchase TicketsInformal Potluck & Artist Conversation

6 pm, Thursday, May 1

Town Hall, Franconia, NH
All Are Welcome -- no charge, donations gratefully accepted to support the residency - please bring a dish to share

We met for a conversation with Karen over a potluck meal. Karen shared stories, discussed her work, and talked with us about the role of the artist in contemporary society and in education. Please email us at programs@aannh.org if you're interested in attending a conversation with Karen in the future.


Past Performances

Purchase Tickets7:30 p.m., Friday, May 2

Littleton Opera House
2 Union St., Littleton, NH
$12 Adults, $10 Students, $25/Family
Discounts for Arts Alliance Members

Thanks to all who joined us for "Tanzspiel " a great evening of mime dance for all ages. This performance includes selections from Karen's amazing original repertoire including "Hunter & Tiger," "Silent Movie Heroine," "The Babysitter," "the Ol' Gunslinger," "Baseball,"  "Big City Rhythms,"  "A Wonderful World" and the brand-new "Sing!" based on "eccentric dancers" like Charlie Chaplin and the Ritz Brothers.

Children in 3rd to 7th grade were invited to join Karen onstage for a special mini-performance; seven students gave a wonderful performance! Try it yourself in Gorham on May 30, 2014.

Download a poster here.

 

Past Workshops/Events

Purchase TicketsInformal Potluck & Artist Conversation

6 pm, Thursday, May 1

Town Hall, Franconia, NH
All Are Welcome -- no charge, donations gratefully accepted to support the residency - please bring a dish to share

We met for a conversation with Karen over a potluck meal. Karen shared stories, discussed her work, and talked with us about the role of the artist in contemporary society and in education. Please email us at programs@aannh.org if you're interested in attending a conversation with Karen in the future.

Past Workshops - Karen's Return Visit

Purchase Tickets#1 Speaking Without Words - Using Movement and Body Awareness to Reach All Students

A Workshop for Teachers, Parents, Care Providers & All Those Who Work With Children

Tuesday, May 27, 3:30 p.m. Networking, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Workshop

Conway Elementary School, Conway, NH
$12 Workshop Fee ($10 AANNH Members) - for those who work with all ages/grade levels - scholarships available

Purchase Tickets#2 Speaking Without Words - Using Movement and Body Awareness to Reach All Students

A Workshop for Teachers, Parents, Care Providers & All Those Who Work with Children

Wednesday, May 28, 3:30 p.m. Networking, 4:00-5:30 p.m. Workshop

Plymouth Elementary School, Plymouth, NH
$15 Workshop Fee ($12 AANNH Members) - for those who work with all ages/grade levels - scholarships available

Purchase Tickets#3 Speaking Without Words - Using Movement and Body Awareness To Reach All Children

A Workshop for Teachers, Parents, Care Providers & All Those Who Work With Young Children

Thursday, May 29, 5:30 p.m. Networking, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Workshop

White Mountains Community College, Berlin, NH
FREE Workshop - focusing on early childhood (preK-Grade 3)

About the Workshops:

Karen Montanaro, mime dancer, uses the universal language of movement to speak - and listen - to people of all ages, and to engage them in interactive learning. In this workshop, Karen will lead participants in exploring a variety of ways to introduce students of all ages, abilities and learning styles to important movement and body-awareness concepts, and she will offer teachers, parents and care providers an opportunity to use these methods in helping all children learn to be more focused, creative and collaborative. (The Berlin workshop will focus specifically on early childhood education, preK-grade 3.) 

Karen will share stories and experiences that illustrate how physical movement can be used in the classroom (and community settings) to deliver curriculum as well as to address social and behavioral issues. She will offer movement exercises and teaching strategies that professionals can adapt to whatever population they serve. Karen has extensive and varied experience with children and adults with learning differences; particular attention will be paid during the workshop to working with children with special needs. 

Professional development credit will be offered. For scholarship or other inquiries, please email programs@aannh.org or call 603-323-7302. 


Past Performances

Purchase Tickets7:30 p.m., Friday, May 2

Littleton Opera House
2 Union St., Littleton, NH
$12 Adults, $10 Students, $25/Family
Discounts for Arts Alliance Members

Thanks to all who joined us for "Tanzspiel " a great evening of mime dance for all ages. This performance includes selections from Karen's amazing original repertoire including "Hunter & Tiger," "Silent Movie Heroine," "The Babysitter," "the Ol' Gunslinger," "Baseball,"  "Big City Rhythms,"  "A Wonderful World" and the brand-new "Sing!" based on "eccentric dancers" like Charlie Chaplin and the Ritz Brothers.

Children in 3rd to 7th grade were invited to join Karen onstage for a special mini-performance; seven students gave a wonderful performance! Try it yourself in Gorham on May 30, 2014.

Download a poster here.


Here is a video of Karen during a recent school assembly in northern New Hampshire.


About Karen

"What do you get when you cross Marcel Marceau with Anna Pavlova? Answer: Karen Montanaro."
-- The Aragon Herald, Spain

Karen Montanaro is a world-renowned dancer and mime artist, an award-winning choreographer, and the innovator of "mimedance" (the fusion of two classical art forms).

Karen currently tours the world with her one-woman show. She  is also a teaching artist offering residencies in movement, mime and dance in public and private schools throughout the United States. She studied ballet at the Cantarella School of Dance, the Ram Island Dance Center and on scholarship with the Joffrey Ballet School. Karen danced professionally with the Ohio Ballet and the Darmstadt Opera Ballet in Germany. For more than a decade, Karen toured and taught internationally with her husband and teacher, mime master Tony Montanaro. 

In 2008 Karen was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship grant from the Maine Arts Commission.
"Our distinguished panel of judges was impressed with Karen's phenomenal technique and control but most importantly they recognized that Karen has fused her prodigious skill in both mime and dance into a new art form, using the body as a descriptive tool -- painterly, narrative and lyrical." - Donna McNeil, Maine Arts Commission