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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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

First Person Arts StorySlam

Well, this is very beautiful and, in my humble opinion, it does not depends on the value of the stories told during the organized events.
By the way, the value is high, watch the videos, if you do not believe me, but the idea behind the main project is worth the tickets.
And your time too.
Consider for example the Mission of the creative team: First Person Arts transforms the drama of real life into memoir and documentary art to foster appreciation for our unique and shared experiences. We believe that everyone has a story to tell, and that sharing our stories connects us with each other and the world.
And their Vision: First Person Arts is a platform for artists and everyday people to share the personal stories they must tell now. We will listen to the issues that matter to them and lift up their voices through our programs.
I am astonished by what you may find searching the web. If I could travel more often I would do it, not only to tell stories, but to just travel and meet new worlds.
The First Person Arts aim is perfectly one of the greatest power of storytelling.
I cite just one for all: it transforms the drama of real life.
We live in societies that just do it in every moment of our life and it is rarely for a good reason. That is why we should use the best of us to make this renovation for a better awareness about us and our gifts.
You know it, stories can do it.

Here is First Person Arts Official Website.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Body Storytelling by Moave

Well, I liked very much this video called My Dear, as the shared feelings, given emotions and the idea behind. I think you will agree with me.
This is the clip description by the dancer Nayeli Špela Peterlin: Idea for project Body storytelling came in the period of my life when I was dealing with so much emotional turbulence and deep processing. Dealing with the death of my grandmother was one of the most intense for me. It was a process impossible to run away from or make it end. And as much as I wanted to be over with grieving, body kept on calling me back, to embrace even more of what I wanted to push away. To accept even deeper and to finally find peace.
I think telling stories is a wonderful way to face every aspect of life for what she said.
However, the great news is that you may use everything to do that. You can write as play music, paint or dance, using your body to express what is inside you.
The skin becomes a page, as the muscles and each part of you could be the piano or the guitar.
Art from life itself starts to flow in and from you.
That is the magic.
That is storytelling.

More info:
MOAVE - movement liberates

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Power of Storytelling in Bangladesh

Today I want to share with you a very interesting clip by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bangladesh.
The title is The Power of Storytelling: Youth Empowerment through Public Narrative and, as the video description says, it is a good demonstration of how UNDP adapted the concept of Public Narrative developed by Marshall Ganz to its work with youth. Youth have had the opportunity to share their stories, identify common needs and priorities and undertake civic engagement activities in their communities.
I think that it is a great initiative. Storytelling is a giant power, like I already wrote here before. So, if you are talking about the power of telling stories you are speaking of the essence of it. One of them is surely to give youth voices a space to express, share and create groups and common projects.
It is an incredibly educative and stimulating road to walk together, that can also help both who tell and who listen to find the best way to grow up.

Here is UNDP Official website.

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