Q: Seems you’re the Joan of Arc of Storytelling. Any special reason?

By Limor Shiponi I’ve received this question by mail. Answer: I’m not the Joan of Arc of Storytelling, that’s not what I stand for – purist storytelling. In addition, I’ll never agree or want to know I’ve become a martyr – it contradicts my faith and my personal preferences. Glorifying life is way more crucial, to my opinion. What do …

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 …

Journeying away from ‘Professional Storyteller’

By Limor Shiponi It has happened that I’ve participated more than once in an event outside Israel, where people introduced me as, “please welcome Limor, she’s from Israel and she’s going to tell us Jewish stories”. My immediate inner reaction was, “hell not” which I didn’t speak out loud of course, but went on telling the stories I intended to …

Storytelling Brain-Gym | Limor Shiponi

By Limor Shiponi There’s this book about a boy who received a book about a place in the real world which he enters (the boy in the book who received the book) is search of a legendary creature. I’m going to tell the story about that boy (the boy in the book who received the book) to a group of …

An ‘in story’ experience that helpes me with storyteller’s block

By Limor Shiponi I have this ‘big’ story, or signature story as we call it. I’ve been around and into it for nine years now and although audience members and the people around me are very excited about my performance – I’m not satisfied and therefore refrain from telling it all over the place as ‘expected’. The truth is that …

Storytellers – here is the warning sign

By Limor Shiponi 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 …

In search of a storytelling grid | Part I

By Limor Shiponi This search is going to take several posts to complete and I hope it provokes a good conversation. The idea: to create a frame of reference for many story-work forms that represent truly good intentions and work, while helping everybody realize what part of storytelling they are actually referring to. I also intend to clear some misconceptions …

Shoah (Holocaust) and things I’ve learned about/from my Father

By Limor Shiponi My father was a ‘sabre’*. When still young, his parents decided there was not enough culture over here and returned to Poland, their homeland, so their children can receive good education. They returned back here during 1936 with a large group of Jews that understood that place was for them no longer. He changed his family name …

What StoryBiz buzzers won’t tell you about storytelling (because they don’t know)

By Limor Shiponi This is it: you can’t learn storytelling through reading books, articles, blogs or tweets. You need to tell stories to people face-to-face for years, say around 7-10 years before you can even call yourself a storyteller, there is no quick-fix, there are no express-benefits. Being a true storyteller and extracting the human glory of this magnificent art …