Volunteer testimonial: Melissa Knollenburg
Melissa Knollenburg wants to be an eternal Fringe visitor when she grows up. She has already been a volunteer (twice!) and this year she will perform at Amsterdam Fringe Festival. How is this possible?!
“When I started Theatre Studies I wanted to start working right away. For me it was a very logical step to become a Fringe volunteer. I worked as a venue host, at the merchandise stand and last year I was a Fringe Assistant. I helped with the Fringe newspaper The Daily Starfish. I think Fringe is an inspiring place and it makes you feel like you’re riding a pink cloud for eleven days.”
“It’s great to walk around in the festival heart where you meet artists, volunteers and visitors. It’s very easy to meet new people and talk about what happened during the festival. Of course the Fringe-tonics had a lot to do with this as well.”
Ok, so how about that performance? “Well, I initially thought I wasn’t ready to step into the Fringe-artists-madness. But when I made Stil, I kept thinking about Fringe and I decided to apply.”
“My dancing performance Stil is about the story behind an eating disorder. People tend to not know how to react when they hear about someone having an eating disorder and it is not uncommon for awkward silences to follow. Stil is about the battle between the hunger for self-destruction and the necessity to keep developing myself.”
Melissa did not want to tell us what her favorite food is.
Do you want to see Melissa’s performance? You can! Stil will play at Stichting Perdu. Would you rather help Melissa (and other artists!)? To become a volunteer, apply here! Questions can be sent to volunteers [at] amsterdamfringe.nl, or just check out this page here.