Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Eth-Noh-Tec Storytelling

Today I am very glad to talk about Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, founders of Eth-Noh-Tec Storytelling.
I just watched their presentation video and I suggest you to do the same.
In four minutes they tell a lot about their personal work, but they do also about storytelling in general.
I agree with all they say and show, I think this is what storytelling is and could be.
Its potential and the real power in everyday life, not only on a stage.
In a historical time when strong forces try to divide people, we all must do more to defend what makes us unique and beautiful.
I liked very much, in particular, when Nancy and Robert say that they move together: if I go like thisshe knows to go like that. And when she goes likeI go like that.
This should be what we all must do to celebrate our common life.
I also appreciated when one of the actor defines Eth-Noh-Tec: it is to create art that heals the divides within us and the divides between us.
What a better goal for our future?

Here is their official website.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Drunk Storytelling Little Red Riding Hood

Well, I liked it, this video is funny and the idea very interesting.
I am talking about Christine Bjornstal’s “drunk version” of Perrault’s Little Red Riding Hood, with Chelsey Grant in the main character.
That is a very amusing way to defuse a story improvising around the plot.
You can modernize a very famous tale, being not so serious as it sometimes happens, adding actual elements from common life.
The drunk version is also a very smart way to characterize the central actress and storyteller, like a sort of Raymond Queneau’s Exercises in Style, with all due respect for the latter.
I imagine a kind of series, now, with other version of famous fairy tale.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ASL Storytelling with animations

Well, this not the first storytelling clip with American Sign Language I saw and in my humble opinion it is very ingenious.
I am talking about the video Storytelling + ASL Rhythm + Quiz by Joo Yeon Chang.
I wrote in the past about this important way of telling stories, a perfect demonstration of how powerful this art could be.
However I often thought that what makes something unique and extraordinary came from the desire to do something more than just doing things.
You have got to risk, that is clear.
So you need courage and also imagination, willing and creativity too.
This is exactly what miss Chang does.

Here are other videos from her Youtube Channel.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

What is storytelling?

Today I am glad to share with you a very interesting clip, a sort of brief teaser, but full of answers, as many other questions around the title’s one: Storytelling?
What is it?
The multicultural group of protagonists express their point of view in different languages.
They mention, among many, suspense and feelings, subject and being spontaneous, dialog and attention, characters and being genuine, empathy and message, fairy tale and community, structure and moral, surprise and happy ending.
Well, everybody may find what he wants in a story, the storyteller as the listener.
That is why it is a free, magic and fascinating travel, as Center for Storytelling’s work seems to propose.
From the video’s description: the association is a network of storytelling specialists from science, industry and design. Together we are exploring the field of storytelling. We are planning regular events where we are trying to share the latest findings with exciting presentations.

Here is the Official Website.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

StoryPod by Humankind Enterprises

Sophie Weldon, Director of Humankind Enterprises
Today I am glad to share news of the very interesting work by Humankind Enterprises.
I am talking about the project StoryPod: we utilize mobile spaces, events and experiences to capture ideas, opinions and stories that connect people, from the official website.
Well, in my humble opinion, that is a very smart and valuable way to use stories.
I take as example this video they made, Storytelling for change: "People of Golden Plains". Here is the clip description: Humankind Enterprises has partnered with Golden Plains Shire Council to

create the 'People of Golden Plains' campaign. The aim of the campaign is to use stories as a way to bring the community together and to help young people feel connected, heard and celebrated. Golden Plains Shire has many significant challenges that make it hard for the community to connect with one another. The geographical nature of Golden Plains Shire poses significant difficulties for cross generational interaction to occur. There is currently no secondary school so young people have to travel to either Geelong or Ballarat to get their education. This leads to a reduced sense of belonging in their home community and it leads to reduced opportunities for young people to connect and interact with the rest of the community. This lack of interaction and cross generational communication has led to negative stereotypes about young people. Director of Humankind Enterprises, Sophie Weldon, has been working with a youth committee to bring the project together. 'People of Golden Plains' is launching on National Youth Day (April 8th) and the StoryPod video booth will be recording stories of young people at an event on May 13th.
A great power, a good camera and a strong willing to give stories a place to live together, I think you will all agree.
This is exactly what the clever director is doing.
I like very much thinking about stories as a way to connect not just people, but also memories, feelings, places and cultures. All that a community is made of.
So, I believe that Humankind Enterprises people are on the good road.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Papua Storyteller

Well, what can I say? I liked very much this, I think it will be the same for you.
This is a true perfect idea of what a video storytelling could do.
The story and the aim are simple as powerful to get.
A very few images, as words to tell the story, to express the dream behind it, to spread the message.
I am talking about this interesting clip by Papua Storyteller.
As I said the plot is unpretentious: a bridge in Indonesia has gone and some people carry a motorcycle by boat.
You know, everybody see what they wanted to see in a story.
The metaphor is one, but the meanings are as many as the minds rethinking about it.
What I see is an artist who wants to get attention for a very important reason.
The moto is a population who still wants to walk.
Who is just helping itself, fighting to survive, but the video is here asking for everybody’s help.
That is a perfect way to speak about human rights.
I suggest you to watch the other videos too.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Shark and the Monkey by Bright Hawk

Today I am glad to write something about a very clever artist. I am talking about Bright Hawk.
Words can do a little, when we talk about art. The best way is to see or feel it with your own eyes.
So, take a few minutes to watch this clip where she tells the story of The Shark and the Monkey.
Well, now I think you might agree with me that this video is a perfect example of what a storyteller can do with his voice and hands, with his whole body, with his willing to amuse and playing with the audience, to share emotions and dreams, leading the people to the way to the real treasure at the end of the rainbow.
Not money or gold, just a sense of levity and happiness.
This is what Bright Hawk demonstrates in her work I just saw.

Here is her official website.

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