Friday, February 27, 2015

Iran Storytelling Festival

Today I am happy to share a very interesting video about One Man's Kindness, in occasion of theKanoon International Storytelling Festival, Kermanshah, Iran 2015.
Reading the description, the clip is about the 1st American invited to present Story from Kazakhstan (Maryam Bahmani, translator).

Storytelling, what a best way to make people talk and understand each other?
The video is from the clever Kristin Pedemonti, who I just spoke of on this site.
Enjoy it:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

African Storytelling at School

Today I share with you this interesting video where Beth Seletos and Karen Hall teach their J.W. Mitchell High School students about African Storytelling with a fun has-on learning experience, clip offered by Pasco County Schools channel, from Florida.
I think it is a very good example of how students could make experience of world storytelling at school.
Here is the video:

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Storytelling for under 5's

What can I say? Even if the video quality is not the best, this is a very good example of storytelling with kids.
The storyteller Deborah Peck perfectly knows the fundamental principles: she use voice, telling and singing, face expressions and body acting, and more than all she shows to play with kids, the real secret.
Here is the clip:

Friday, February 20, 2015

Stop Bullying with Storytelling

Today I propose a brief and beautifl digital storytelling video to support an important governative project in the USA, here is the official website.
The clip is simple but very touching, with a few words and images it perfectly focuses on the message.
Here is the fine work by Jason Herr, Brittney Bednar and Rebekah Caraher:

PS: I am not invincible too. ;)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Art of Hawaiian Storytelling

Today I discovered a very clever artist. Her name is Kaleo Wheeler, she is a fine storyteller from Hawaii who shares Musical Storytelling with Messages from the Heart, a brilliant hybrid of song, harp, dance & talk story and The Joy is the Voice of Love Center, Balancing Heart, Mind & Spirit, as you may read on her website.
Anyway, you may know her better watching this interesting clip from her Youtube channel:

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Storytelling through dance

Today I want to share a wonderful video from the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, in Danville, Virginia.
You may watch an incredible example of storytelling through dance by The Kummba Dancers - I just loved them, at the annual "Keeping Oral History Alive" Storytelling Festival.
This beautiful clip gives energy and life, believe me.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Improvisation and Storytelling

I am very happy to close the week with a nice video by an original storytelling group, Atlantis Improv.
They use theatre improvisation to tell stories and I think this is a great idea.
In my humble opinion, this makes live storytelling more exciting, for actors and for audience too.
Here is some info from the clip description: Our 1st game from The Liber Arte Cantina Cultural Show on 8th February 2015. In this game, the improviser must continue the story without hesitation and exactly where the last improviser has left off. Any mistakes and the audience can shout 'Die' at which point the improviser is out of the game.
Come see us if you want to see improv in English in Madrid! More info here.
Atlantis Improv are:
Chris Matus
Matt Ledding
Jackie Kõester
Dominic Anglim
Juan Gutierrez Serna
Luztámbula Despierta
Steve Loader

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling

Today I am glad to show you the very interesting work of Adriana Ramirez.
She offers what I define the best way to make school: teaching Spanish with reading and storytelling (TPRS).
I found it very good even watching her clips.
Here is a description from the youtube channel: TPRS is a fun, amazing, and powerful way to learn languages. The results we get when teaching with this method are incredible! In these videos I am teaching first year Spanish students who are in grade 9. These students have never been exposed to Spanish before. In our school, we work on the semester system, and this is week 10 into the 18-week semester. Each video is part of the whole TPRS cycle (teaching one story). I use the stories in the textbook that I wrote for first year Spanish: Teaching Spanish with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling, and Learning Spanish with Comprehensible Input Through Storytelling. I also published books for Grade 10. Books for Grades 11 & 12 are well on their way.

And here is a video:

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Yarn Storytelling: Eat Your Feelings

Today I want to start with a clip from Yarn Storytelling.
I read it is a bi-monthly storytelling event held in bars, cafes, and homes around Brisbane, featuring true stories told live and without notes.
I liked very much what I saw and I appreciated the sincerity and the honesty in the exibitions.
The following video you may watch a very touching story by Joanna Lezanski.
Here is a descrition from the clip: Self-described as a show pony who is totally tone deaf, has no rhythm and dabbles in bad acting in pantomimes; Joanna gave up her obvious talents and stage presence at an early age, for a less fulfilling career in law. Joanna’s story is about being diagnosed with Coeliac Disease and the impact it has had on her life and on the lives of those around her. Also described as 'the day she paid $12 for a loaf of bread'.

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Frog Groom by Peter Chand

Today I am glad to propose a very interesting video about a story from the Himalayan Foothills, The Frog Groom.
The storyteller is Peter Chand and he seems to me a very clever actor.
Here are some information from the description: Master Storyteller Peter Chand honoured the Mezrab with a performance and a workshop. We asked him to tell us a short story to add to our library of recorded stories. The Frog Groom is a story from the Himalayan Foothills.
More info on Peter Chand can be found here.
Camera: Karl Giesriegl / Sara Sarantantones Edit: Karl Giesriegl More info:
Mezrab / Broadcast Amsterdam
And here is the clip by Sahand Sahebdivani:

Thursday, February 5, 2015

A Pig and the Tree

Today I am glad to share with you a nice storytelling, with original puppets and voices by two young storytellers with a lot of energy, Cyntia and Yulvita.
The story has an interesting message, you may read it at the end of the clip.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Seorin & Linah's original Storytelling

Well, this is great. Look these two talented very young storytellers.
I think we have a great carreer ahead, no joking
I read also this is an original story by Seorin.
What can I say? Well done!
Clip by Janelle Odate: