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 …

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 …

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 …

Beware simplified storytelling

By Limor Shiponi Storytelling is getting into the hands of demagogues tapping into individual’s dreams for success, power, riches and happiness. Here are two examples I’ve cropped off twitter today: ‘Power to the people’ attached to ‘how we will control’ with the following hashtags makes one think that storytelling is part of a dominating game one can win through engineering …

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 …

Storytelling genres | applied storytelling

By Limor Shiponi Storytelling applications are answers to communal human needs. The community recognizes the answer storytelling carries for those needs and seeks the people who can carry the task of answering the demand. In modern times those witnessing the telling do not necessarily have to know each other. You can come and leave the event as total strangers but …

Comparing bananas to tomatoes | story-work apps and storytelling

By Limor Shiponi RSS has brought my way the two last posts by Katharine from ‘A storied career’ – always worth tracking. I’m referring to ‘Applied storytelling vs. performance/traditional storytelling‘ and to ‘Towards a taxonomy of applied-storytelling schools of thought‘. After reading both posts I’ll have to agree with Sean Buvala and add my two cents: From an artist’s point …

Thoughts about the current state of storytelling | Dec. 2010

By Limor Shiponi Through the past decade I’ve seen major shifts happening concerning storytelling perception in parallel with the never stopping deep heartbeat of the art & craft. The sad ‘Eureka!’ moment arrived this week while visiting the Tel-Aviv museum with my art instructor and fellow students. I’ve been a musician for almost my entire life and a storyteller for …

Answering a question about ‘narrative space’

By Limor Shiponi Following the post “Narrative space | storytelling for brands who understand ‘us’ – step-by-step example” I received a request to clarify a sentance appearing at the end of the post: … and anything else we can gain from listening to what’s going on in the narrative space. The person wants to know how we listen to the …

Which can go wrong in storytelling and love-making

By Limor Shiponi I love finding story texts about storytelling and just today I found a delightful little piece while serching through the Decameron: Whereupon the gentleman, who perhaps was no better master of his weapon than of his story, began a tale, which in itself was indeed excellent, but which, by repeating the same word three, four or six …