Thursday, September 24, 2015

Storytelling Flash Mob by Spellbinders

Well, it’s like I was waiting for this.
I imagined but these wonderful ladies just did it: a Storytelling Flash mob.
This great initiative was made by Spellbinders, a non-profit organization that will reach in October 2015 25 years of life.
Here are some news about their work from the Official Website: Spellbinders is dedicated to restoring the art of oral storytelling to connect elders to youth, weaving together the wisdom of diverse cultures throughout time.
Since ancient times storytellers have told stories to pass on wisdom, engage the imagination and foster community. Our storytelling program recreates this age-old tradition, bringing together young and old to create connections, advance literacy and enrich the lives of children and volunteers alike. Please, join us in our vision of fostering humanity, community and literacy.
I think this is all wonderful.
Connecting people and breaking barriers, this are some of the stories powers I prefer the most.
Follow their road, because I’ll do it.



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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Tell Me More Live Storytelling: Alicia Luma’s introversions

Today I watched a very funny and interesting storytelling video by Alicia Luma.
The clip is from Tell Me More Live… Storytelling Youtube Channel, which I will “tell you more” later.
You may know that in theatre actor and storyteller are not the same thing.
Easily speaking, the former is the mask that the human uses to tell a story, while the latter is the human itself doing the same.
This is what often happens, generally.
However, I have to say that maybe you will be so lucky – even because I love to do it myself, to see an artist doing both things.
Easy to say, but on the stage is completely different.
Indeed, a great storyteller could be not a clever actor and vice versa.
But in the case this magic conjunction is realized here it is the video I just saw.
Alicia Luma tells a story about her introversions and she does it dressed as a shy clown.
I like the choice and I think that is a perfect example of what I meant.
About Tell Me More Live… Storytelling, here is some info from the official website: Everyone has a story, and there are plenty of storytelling events and podcasts around the world to showcase them. We’re not that different – except we tell stories from a small stage in a mid-size military town.
STORYTELLING NIGHTS: We offer a regular storytelling night at the Push Comedy Theater in Norfolk, Va. Each month, we showcase storytellers sharing stories inspired by one word. For upcoming shows, please see our schedule here.
STORYTELLER SELECTION: If you have a story that you think fits one of our themes, sign up here to be considered for the stage.
RECORDINGS: We record our events and offer select stories as part of our podcast. Most of the stories we record we post unless a storyteller requests otherwise. We aim to post episodes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as long as we have content. We usually skip posting the week after the main live show.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

What is ethical storytelling?

Today I dedicate this space to a subject I consider very important: ethical storytelling.
The inspiration came from a video from EarthRights International (ERI, here is the official website).
From the Youtube Channel description: A nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment, which we define as "earth rights." We specialize in fact-finding, legal actions against perpetrators of earth rights abuses, training grassroots and community leaders, and advocacy campaigns. Through these strategies, we seek to end earth rights abuses, to provide real solutions for real people, and to promote and protect human rights and the environment in the communities where we work.
I agree with the speakers’ message.
Synthesizing in a motto: we have to do it and we must do it well.
In a world where the evil storytelling, if I may call it like that, is wide spread and given with great knowledge of the medium, who wish to tell stories and so help changing things for better have to be smart and competent.
Good intentions are not enough.
Talent is the right basis buts so the way you use it.
In other words, you must give enough light to your good story, if you really want to fight the bad one.



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Friday, September 4, 2015

BabuKishan's spotlight on Storytelling

Today I am glad to come back speaking of a very polyhedral artist and his work.
I am talking about Babu Kishan, composer, director and storyteller from India.
In his Youtube Channel you may watch a very interesting playlist of videos about multicultural storytelling and people, Spirituality, Culture, Economic, Political, Artistic Entertainment, as you may also read in the description: Stories in the Voice of the Storyteller, a Multi Cultural, Inter Cultural, TV Series Spotlighting the Unique Lives of Canadian’s. The personal stories of Brilliant Canadians, stories of what it means to arrive, the journey to success in business, politics, social, economic, artistic, faith and spirituality. Freedom in Diversity.
Inspirational, Innovation, stories that educate creating integration, Inter cultural, Multi Cultural understanding and a sense of belonging to and National Pride in Canada. Stories that preserve the voices of what it means to be Canadian.
Storytelling has been shared in every culture as a means of Entertainment, Education, and Preserving Cultural Memory.
I like very much the word he uses presenting his work: spotlight.
I think that is a perfect way to define the eyes of a good and attentive storyteller.
He watches where people do not, enlightening things in the way we all may see them better.
It is just not a simple light.
A storyteller finds the story inside the things and I think that is one of the interesting work that mister Kishan is doing.
Indeed, I must agree with him on the importance of multicultural and diversity in the world personal stories.
You may also visit his official website.




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