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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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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