A great few lines from Seinfeld worth sitting with

I just came across ‘Stopping and starting with success’ – a Harvard Business Review podcast with Dan McGinn and Jerry Seinfeld. You’ll find the download and full transcripts here. It’s worth listening to in full, but one excerpt made me laugh so hard I had to share it with my storytelling colleagues. DAN MCGINN: Why didn’t you try to come …

My sculpture doesn’t tell a story

A year ago, I joined CAN New Artists Collegium founded and led by David Zundelovitch. The members of the group I’m in are all sculptors. I arrive from music and storytelling. It wasn’t clear if I’ll manage to blend in. My music education involved art history and I’m no stranger to the arts. Yet my knowledge and experience with sculpting is zero. I never …

A lesson about reciprocity in performance arts

By Limor Shiponi We arrived to the venue an hour and a half early. My partner had two lutes to tune, together with a Hurdy-gurdy and a Vihuela. I had about a dozen wind-instruments to tend to and then tune to her. Costumes to wear, headpieces to fix – we were busy for over an hour, as usual. Sitting in …

We won’t have to talk. Jolly good?

By Limor Shiponi “My father says that in ten years from now, we won’t have to talk anymore. Using special technologies, we’ll just have to think and things will happen.” Coming from a 14 years old gifted teenager, who said it during a storytelling session for young writers. All the other participants, aged 14 and gifted – nodded in approval. …

To the storyteller yesterday is still here

By Limor Shiponi “When a day passes, it is no longer there. What remains of it? Nothing more than a story. If stories weren’t told or books weren’t written, humans would live like the beasts, only for the day. Reb Zebulun said, “Today we live, but by tomorrow today will be a story. The whole world, all human life, is …

“The kids have no imagination!”

By Limor Shiponi This statement, made by a very close peer of mine, might look somewhat extreme to you yet it carries more than a seed of truth. Made by someone who has over 25 years experience in performing with people of all ages, she experiences the shift in audiences perception and attention – and she’s not alone. Some kids …

Responsorium

By Limor Shiponi While listening to the chanting of Selichot (forgiveness prayers) at the Western Wall the night before the Day of Atonement, I realized that this style of congregational chanting – called responsorium – reminds me of the reciprocal act in storytelling. Although the cantor could very well sing the entire Piyut (poem) by himself, the full potential of …

Rosh Hashanah – Happy New Year!

By Limor Shiponi It is that time of the year again! I wish you all the very possible best and lots of great storytelling with your families, friends, and complete strangers. Scroll down to find a beautiful quote translated freely from a Hebrew translation to the original Spanish (she always has to complicate things doesn’t she… oy, well). I am …

El Escorial | If only the guards weren’t looking!

By Limor Shiponi “Have you seen the library?” asked the guide. From my expression he continued “second floor up that staircase”. I was tired, dragging my feet up the stairs somewhat unwilling, mainly because of the heat. I reached a narrow wooden door and the view was blocked by a local guard ‘no photo!’. She moved back to her position …