About a week ago I received a message containing a call for proposals. The institute perpetuating it is the artists’ union; the intitute calling for proposals is a stage-arts school. Translation:
Calling actors/artists to propose a “storytelling” performance:
1. The artist will select a children’s story (as in written by an author – l.s.)
2. The artist will dramatize the story and turn it into a 50 min. performance for children aged 3-7.
3. The artist will create a performance (solo, tandem or group) that dramatizes the story into an experience by using elements like – costumes, music, musical instruments, makeup, puppets, basic furniture etc.
Out of respect I’ll save the rest of the details painting a miserable picture concerning terms and conditions including a very low pay. The only thing I have to add is this – if I wanted to apply I couldn’t, because I don’t fit the artistic requirements.
Reminding you this post is written by a prominent storyteller. Remember the discussion “If theater uses the word storytelling to sell really good theatrical performances… are you comfortable using the word theater to sell really good storytelling?” If you thought then there is no problem with the above, now you know where it’s going.