Thursday, June 23, 2016

D.M.S. Ariyrathne

Hi everybody.
Continuing our trip, in alphabetic order, around the list of the new Storytellers for Peace team, here is Sunil Danapala, aka D.M.S. Ariyrathne.
He is an actor and storyteller from Sri Lanka.
To get an easy idea of the man, you can just read what he says about himself on his Facebook page: I like to live happily with what I have and to make others happy.
He is also member of the International Storytelling Network and from the website you may read that he is a translator from English to Sinhala.
Sunil have worked on several books and he also published an anthology of his own poems.
He was awarded as the best translator in 2006 at the State Literary Festival for the translation of Chinese authoress Jung Chang's "Wild Swans - Three Daughters of China".
Other works are Italian author Umberto Eco's "The Name of the Rose" and Japanese author Yukio Mishima's "The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea".

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Lisi Amondarain

Let’s go on with the presentation, in alphabetic order, of the artists who recently joined the Storytellers for Peace team.
Today I am going to introduce Lisi Amondarain.
She is a storyteller from Argentina and is a member of CIRNAOLA (Oral Storytellers Circle of Latin America) and IKAJA International Association Japanese Kamishibai.
She also participates at International Storytelling and Storytellers meetings organized by the Book Foundation.
She was summoned to join entertainments provided at the book fair Hospitalizations and Child in the year 2014.
She is also a member of Contaconmigo and Red International of Storytelling.
You can also watch a video about her work here.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Hamid Barole Abdu

Today I am going to begin a new section to make you know better the storytellers that joined the new born Storytellers for Peace team.
Starting alphabetically, here is Hamid Barole Abdu.
He is an Eritrean author, storyteller and poet who cares very much about human and civil rights.
From his page on Wikipedia: after studying literature in Eritrea, he moved to Modena, Italy, in 1974, where he has worked as an intercultural expert and has published several articles about the migratory phenomenon.
Hamid has written many books and anthologies of poems that show how much his sensibility for the problems of the poorest people in the world is great.
Many of his texts have been transformed in stage works and you may often see himself telling his poems in festival and meetings.
Here you can watch a video about his book Genocide in Rwanda - Testimonies of Survivors (English).
If you understand Italian, you might also watch some of his recitals on Youtube, as this one.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Storytellers for Peace first video: If Rudyard Kipling

Storytellers for Peace” was born in June 2016 and is an international network of narrators who create collective stories through videos.
Artists and stories are from all over the world and talk about peace, justice, equality and human rights.
All participants tell one or more verses of the story in their first language.
As a result you will see a multilingual storytelling video showing how much the world might be powerful, beautiful and peaceful when it is united to celebrate itself.

In the first clip eighteen storytellers from thirteen different countries tell the famous poem If, by Rudyard Kipling.

You may activate on Youtube subtitles in English, Spanish and Italian, right now.

The narrators are (in alphabetical order):
Hamid Barole Abdu (Eritrea)
Lisi Amondarain (Argentine)
D.M.S. Ariyrathne (Sri Lanka)
Daniele Barbieri (Italy)
Sarah Cattani (Luxembourg)
Alessandro Ghebreigziabiher (founder and coordinator, Italy)
Mahfuz Jewel (Bangladesh)
Barry Stewart Mann (United States)
Beatriz Montero (Spain)
Cecilia Moreschi (Italy)
Enrique Páez (Spain)
Kristin Pedemonti (United States)
Katharina Ritter (Germany)
Lydia Ruiz (Spain)
Suzanne Sandow (Australia)
Raquel Silvetti (Uruguay)
Nayeli Spela (Slovenia)
John Taye (India)

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The last Storyteller

Today I am very glad to share an interesting and fascinating video by Adil Lemghari Idrissi from Morocco: the last Storyteller.
From the clip’s description: a documentary about storytelling in Morocco, masters and couple of apprentices trying to preserve this art from fading, they meet twice a week and they take stories from their masters or ‘Maalam’ (wise person), they record them and translate them into French and English; the goal from this initiative to preserve this art and bring it to life again, also share it with other cultures.
Well, I think they did a wonderful work.
People who feel the importance of oral traditions and narrations have a strong important rule in our society using modern ways of sharing information recording them in every way.
That is the best road to understand each other and to build together a safer world.

Here is the official website of the main project, Hikayat Morocco.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mouse Deer and Tiger Storytelling by Swee Yean

Today I am very glad to write something about a very clever storyteller from Singapore, Swee Yean.
Here you may watch her storytelling video of the story Mouse Deer and Tiger.
I think what she shows is a perfect lesson of the rules about telling stories with children.
We may also say in general.
As you can see in the clip, she use everything she has to catch the young audience attention and to lead them into the story.
She use her voice in every way, playing skillfully with it, up when the tale needs and down for the same reason.
She use her body too, as important part of the scene she is in.
She use drawings at the perfect time to underline the moment.
As evidence of how it all works impeccably you have to pay attention to the children, silent e carefully listening the story.
I suggest to follow her Youtube Channel.

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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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