Sunday, December 19, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Journey to the West is one of the three great Chinese epics.Written by Wu Cheng'En in the sixteenth century and based on the historical Xuanzang, the epic recounts the many poignant and humorous adventures of the impetuous, all powerful Monkey King, whose concerns are himself, and the pure-hearted determined Tang Priest, who wants to help others. Together they struggle not only with demons and ogres, but also with one another as they travel from China to India to bring back the Buddhist scriptures.
With unexpected movement and song, Wolkstein breaks open the text, encouraging the audience to question the path of goodness (the Tang Priest) vs. the path of power (Monkey King) and how they might be integrated then -- and now.
Whether recounting epics, trickster stories or fairy tales, Diane enters and speaks from the heart. Throughout her more than 40 years as a storyteller she’s been known for her meticulous research, as well as her great range in repertoire.
In 2007, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg named June 22nd of that year “Diane Wolkstein Day,” in honor of Diane’s 40 years of storytelling.
Since 1967, Diane has occupied a unique place in the world of storytelling and literature, and has played a major role in the renewed interest in mythology and the modern storytelling movement.
Where: The NGV International I80 St Kilda Road
When: Sunday January 30th at 2 pm
The Vic Guild Welcomes Diane to Australiawww.dianewolkstein.com
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The Ballarat Storytellers are a friendly and energetic bunch of wordsmiths. They meet regularly to practice their craft, arrange workshops and plan their storytelling calendar.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
join with various musicians & visual artists.
Friday 10/12: Northcote Uniting Church
Saturday 11/12: Armadale Uniting Church
Lots of the pagan community will be there but we embrace diversity so all faiths welcome.
Doors open 6pm both nights, concert starts 7pm & there are craft stalls.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The Vic Guild welcomes Jan Andrews and Jennifer Cayley all the way from Ontario. They will be in town with FOUR shows and some workshops to be enjoyed during the Midsumma Festival.
1. The Book of Spells – A Love Story: created and performed by Jan Andrews and Jennifer Cayley for 2 Women Productions (Ontario, Canada). Jan and Jennifer have traveled widely as leading exponents in the art of storytelling, appearing at festivals and concerts throughout the world with The Book of Spells. Together and apart, they have told from epics such as The Iliad and The Odyssey; Jan headlined the 2008 International Storytelling Festival in Hobart.
Both are honoured to be appearing at Midsumma. Jan and Jennifer were born into a time when lesbians lived secret lives and gay men might be imprisoned; when celebrations of Queer Culture were definitely not on the map. They have come a long way but the journey is only just beginning.
Forty-five Downstairs: 22 Jan 6.00pm
$25 concession and Midsumma members $20. Group (10+) $18
Williamstown Mechanics Institute: 27 January Picnic/reading 6.00 pm. Performance 7.00 pm Free
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Wednesdays at 9:30am starting December the 8th on Channel 31.
click on poster to enlarge
Story Time is a new children’s TV show centred on library Story Time sessions. Featuring a different Storyteller each week, all guests on the show are regular library performers and the show is hosted by a seven foot bear called Tall Ted.
The show has been made with the help of RMITV, the Dandenong Library, Casey Safety Village, the CFA and Myuna Farm.
Story Time has been developed in the hope that it will increase story time patronage for libraries throughout Australia. Each show will also feature a 15 second advertisement spruiking the local library story time experience.
Every episode features a craft that can be downloaded from the show’s web site. Visitors will also find a link to the Australian Libraries Gateway where they will find the contact information for their library.
Please download the Story Time poster from this link: www.tallted.com/Poster.htm
The Canadian air dates are in for any of you who have family or friends in Canada. It will premier on Monday, April 25th 7:30am and 3:00pm across Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.Plus all episodes will go on EastLInk Digital Cable Demand across the whole of Canada. Info should be up on the EastLink website over the coming weeks.www.eastlink.ca/
Thursday, November 11, 2010
June Barnes-Rowley, known as JB, has always been a storyteller whether curled up in the hayshed telling stories to herself or sitting under a gum tree telling stories to her younger siblings. As a working storyteller JB has extensive experience in storytelling with children and adults in Australia and overseas.
Children respond immediately to her energetic and fun performances. JB uses colourful visuals such as fabric, puppets and ‘wishing paper’ to create wonderful worlds for young children who are also fascinated by her clapping sticks that stir sounds of the Dreamtime. Her performances for children focus on fun, action and interaction!
Adults are held spellbound by JB’s powerful performances of ancient legends. In 2009 JB was honoured to perform stories for adults as part of the Victorian Bushfire Communities Regeneration Program. As a result of that experience JB composed a story called The Flowerdale Tattoo which was chosen as one of two winners in the ABC’s Hope 2011 competition.
She has told at many venues including kindergartens, schools, libraries, community centres, bookstores, Government House and ABC Radio. She has entertained children with her storytelling at a variety of festivals including Moomba and The Village.
JB was the founder of swag of yarns, Australia’s National Storytelling Magazine, is a member of The Storytelling Guild of Australia (Vic. Branch) and is featured on the guild’s audiotape, Mystery and Mayhem.
On top of all that JB is a published author with her novel Whisper My Secret based on her mother’s true story, an experienced educator with ESOL qualifications and a trained Parent-Child Mother Goose teacher.
Please enjoy some tales from a wonderful storyteller.
The Flowerdale Tattoo
JB was selected to tell her story The Flowerdale Tattoo at the Sydney Festival 2011. To read about this event hosted by Radio National and to hear JB tell the story, click: The Flowerdale Tattoo.
The story of Sheherezade
Once upon a time there were two brothers who ruled Arabia and Persia. King Shahryar had his palace in Baghdad and his brother King Zaman had his palace in Samarkand. The two brothers ruled their kingdoms and lived contented lives until one day disillusionment and unhappiness entered both their lives.
Calamity first came to King Zaman when he set out on a journey to visit his brother. However, he had not gone far when he had to return to his palace for a precious gift he had forgotten to take with him. When he returned he discovered, to his horror, his wife asleep in the arms of a giant slave. Shortly after, King Shahryar discovered that, when he was away, his wife was in the habit of organising and enjoying erotic orgies with the handsome young slaves at the palace in Baghdad. Of course the faithless wives were executed and Zaman and Sharyar came to the conclusion that women were not to be trusted. Sharyar set about killing the beautiful young virgins of Baghdad and there might have been no limit to his madness had it not been for his chief minister’s daughter, the beautiful, wise and intelligent Sheherezade who became a legendary oral storyteller.
The story of Sheherezade is often in JB Rowley’s storytelling programs. High school students are enthralled by the story and, in 2009, JB told Sheherezade’s story to very receptive audiences as part of the dinner program while on a storytelling tour of the bushfire affected areas of Murrindindi shire. Out of that tour evolved the story of The Flowerdale Tattoo which won the Hope 2011 story competition at ABC POOL. Now, as a way of contributing to POOL, JB is working on a project to honour Sheherezade and her stories, starting with, of course, Sheherezade’s story.
The Mouse's Wedding
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Bella Union Bar
Level 1, Trades Hall
Corner of Victoria & Lygon Streets
Free entry. Doors open 7.30pm. Slam kicks off 8pm.
Support Rocket Clock - let's make it a happening thang and there will be stories every month at the Bella Union throughout 2011!