8 June 2016
Storytelling – An Introduction
What are the basic steps of oral storytelling? This workshop examines how we can give a story its voice back. Storytelling enhances communication and presentational skills, as well as developing imagination and the ability to improvise. No previous experience is necessary for the participation of this course.
The art of traditional storytelling has existed since the beginning of time and has always been crucial the development of cultures. Even now, in our modernised world, stories are inseparably linked to our lives: We tell stories every day: both our own and other peoples’. Communication is unthinkable without something to tell.
But what is the difference between storytelling as an art form and storytelling in our daily life? How do I make a story come truly alive, be it a personal or a traditional one?
This course investigates the basic steps of oral storytelling and how we can free a story from a book or from a memory - how we can give the story its voice back. The work enhances communication and presentational skills, as well as developing imagination and the ability to improvise.
Traditional stories are the basis for this course, but biographical and improvised material will also be used. We will focus on the playful development of language and look at different means of physical communication. Participants will listen to stories and share experiences in reflexion and discussions.
Traditional, biographical and improvised stories
Playful introduction to creative language
Awareness of body language
Constructive audience feedback
Reflexion and discussions
The workshop consists of exercises such as mnemo- and visualisation techniques, improvisation and re-telling. Participants will use storyboarding and story mapping to familiarize themselves and others with the structure of the story. All of the work is based on non-text bound telling.
Ragnhild A. Moerch is a full time storyteller and focuses on storytelling both as performance art and as an educational tool. She performs at festivals across Europe and her repertoire spans from fairytales to myths; autobiographical stories to tall tales
The course is open to anyone interested in oral storytelling- no previous experience is necessary.
EUR 320: .
More information: http://www.summer-university.udk-berlin.de/service/scholarships/