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Poetry in Motion; Poetry in Devotion

ensemble theatre · splintered spark collective · Ages 13+ · United States

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CHELSEA ANNE June 13, 2014
tagged as: movement · poetry · poetic · art · sad · funny · Wonderful
This was beautiful and important. The show plays with the entire spectrum of color and light and emotion, and the lighthearted moments are just as important as the heavy ones. The lighting design was clever and made a good use of the space. The props were fantastic. I wish that there had been more time for the pre-show, but I suppose this is the nature of fringe fest (i.e. very little time in the space before a show starts). Some of the softer-voiced actors were a little hard to hear, but this only happened twice and briefly. I recommend that you sit it in the front row. Not because there is a bad seat in the house, but because it's worth it. Trust me. The message that this show leaves with the audience is one that not only should be sai... full review
COLLEEN MCCANDLESS June 16, 2014
tagged as: sweet · sad · poetry · true · funny · emotional
Poetry in Motion is a rare type of show that you come out of wishing it was a genre. Or an institution. Or something. This show is onto something big, and it's important -- it touches you, it sees you, it gives you what you need. It's an entire experience, visually, physically, emotionally, aurally, spiritually. It gives, and gives, and gives, in every way I can think of. I'm coming again. I want to participate in this wonderful theatrical world as much as I can.... full review
RATHAR DUONG certified reviewer June 28, 2014
I enjoy seeing live performances of various types, but this one was different in its delivery, content, and audience experience. I thought the show was well-conceived, provocative, poignant, and relevant. I truly enjoyed it! ... full review
SIERRA BAGGINS certified reviewer June 18, 2014
This show is equal parts heart-wrenchingly honest and enticingly sweet. The poems artfully balanced between charmingly making the audience laugh, and exposing something so brutally real that there were tears shinning on every face I could see long before the stunning finale. The only thing that could possibly outshine the words were the actors themselves, who bared their souls on the stage and jumped in to what must have been a rather emotionally and physically exhausting performance with everything they had. Not only did they give us the gifts of their voices, but throughout the show they give out the toys they're playing with, as if to invite the audience in to the magic, and give them a piece to take home. If you're looking for a sho... full review
ABIGAIL SOMERA certified reviewer June 19, 2014
This show was unlike anything that I have ever seen before, and everything about it was so beautiful. From the moment you step into the theatre, stuff is already happening, captivating you from the start and giving you a strong idea of what is about to come. I have become so inspired after watching the show, after listening to the poems of my peers, and seeing them being brought to life. You see so much vulnerability on that stage. Being vulnerable and putting your soul out in the universe is really scary. But after seeing that vulnerability and bravery out of those onstage, as well as of those who wrote those poems, you cannot help but feel inspired. Seeing all that reminds me that it is is such a great thing to put yourself out there, and ... full review
OLGA SAMIRA MEDINA certified reviewer June 21, 2014
Such an emotional piece. We loved it!... full review
DANIEL CAMACHO certified reviewer June 22, 2014
tagged as: poetry · music · Love · dance · ensemble
Poetry in Motion is a beautiful piece of theatre! Fortunately this is a transplant from the CSULB Theatre department, and thus the ensemble has a strong foundation of giving and receiving with each other. As an audience member, come ready to receive gifts (metaphorical and otherwise); the brilliant use of props is moving and gives the players tools to send their text. It is a journey, and it does what theatre does best; you are taken along for the ride, and you leave with both catharsis and hope. The lighting and music are perfect for creating the atmosphere of each poem without becoming distracting. It's not always easy to hear the text of heartbrake, loss, and frustration, but by the end the audience is left remembering that these are... full review

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