A storyteller’s daily routine III and call to adventure

By Limor Shiponi Collecting thoughts about artists’ daily routine, it is pretty clear to me that most of these routines are the outcome of an educational framework. I’m not using the term “formal education” since it might be interpreted as ‘academic’. Art education starts much earlier and in many cultures and along many centuries didn’t pass through academies as we …

Being a storyteller in the era of ‘storytelling’ side hustles and generalization

By Limor Shiponi Some time ago I crossed roads with someone in the marketing automation business. “Great!” he exclaimed upon recognizing me, “we’re both storytellers!”. Hell not. But as storytellers know, right now we’re told again and again “everybody is a storyteller”. Can you argue the opposite when huge media forces, journalists, corporate CEOs, data analysts, scientists, business consultants, advertising …

I’m a storyteller. What do I need to improve on? | Agora 2014 resolution

By Limor Shiponi The real question, posed by a someone who arrived to “check out” the possibility of joining an intermediate storytelling course, sounded slightly different – I’m a storyteller. What do I need to improve on?!!! I had a bold answer which I didn’t speak-up. Instead, I used my Jewish birth-right to answer a question with another question, “are …

Storytelling a Sculpture

By Limor Shiponi During October 2012, G started working on David’s Lament. Several texts down the road, the lament became a signature work; that’s when teller and text meet an audience in a way recognizable as evolving down a unique road. They bring something new into the world; It’s like being able to conduct Beethoven’s 5th knowing you have something …

Storytelling Exercise | Telling in the Moment

By Limor Shiponi Back to G after a long time I didn’t write about his journey. As proceeding with his training, another creation emerged – a new sculpture. It is at the foundry now and when it’s ready, I’ll post a picture. It evolved from the work around ‘David’s Lament’. G decided to offer the local ‘master of ceremonies’ to …

What’s important in a tale?

By Limor Shiponi G looked for a tool to help him discern the important stuff in Rapunzel, so he can keep the essence while telling it in his own words. He told the story to many people throughout the week but when he arrived to our lesson, he was not happy with the results. He told me the story and …

It’s the pace. It’s the pace.

By Limor Shiponi I borrowed the headline from an anecdote David Campbell once told me. As I recall, “It’s the pace. It’s the pace.” was the conclusion a fan of his came up with, upon wondering what makes David’s storytelling so satisfying. Pace is critical to storytelling. From the beginning of G’s journey, we know he has a difficulty with …

Revisiting tales as characters | finding hidden dimensions

By Limor Shiponi G’s homework was: tell Rapunzel repeatedly as it would be told by each of the characters in the first person. He came back a week later and told me all the characters’ versions of the story. These were G’s understandings following the assignment: Not all the characters are aware of the entire plot. That was surprising to …

Is it a good tale?

By Limor Shiponi Pulse: I don’t know what to look for when it comes to tales. I’m not sure about how to select one. When I hear tales, I’m engaged and fascinated. When I read tales, I’m not. In this case you’ve decided for me I’m going to tell Rapunzel. If I had to choose it, it wouldn’t happen. I …

Meet the listeners where co-creation is possible

By Limor Shiponi “So now you have a dozen possibilities for the theme in Rapunzel’s narrative. Which one will you choose to show, or in the case of storytelling – tell?” To help G here, I explained the idea behind ‘witness’. You can find my full definition here. The witness (listener) is part of what makes up the entire storytelling …