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 …

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 …

The mortal facet of storytelling

By Limor Shiponi Just an early morning thought… reading hype descriptions about ‘cool’ story production and distributing possibilities and wishes for a future of endless unlimited choice; to move from a movie scene into a game episode that will send the traveler to endless paths, roaming past and future worlds; meeting with new sound tracks and endless-dimensional visual impressions the …

In search of a storytelling ‘grid’ | part VIII | Storytelling skills

By Limor Shiponi Thinking about storytelling skills can become a complicated task considering its reciprocal nature and the presence of three partners: The witnesses can be many different people for every telling, each one of them a universe within a universe Stories are many too and they go through changes and influences The storyteller himself changes all the time It’s …

In search of a storytelling ‘grid’ | Part VII | What is story-work made of?

By Limor Shiponi Cynthia’s request about creating a storytelling ‘grid’ in relation to story-work appears in a comment she made to Part V. If summarized, I think this is what we get: The ‘grid’ has to include places story practitioners can point at and state “Here I am; here I am not”. When they state so they are relating to …

In search of a storytelling grid | Part III

By Limor Shiponi Continuing the search for a storytelling grid it is getting obvious that eventually it will not be a grid i.e. 2D net. It can’t be a 3D form either since elements of time and change are involved (any suggestions for a form?). In the meanwhile I’m looking at the inner threefold of storytelling – the elements that …

In search of a storytelling grid | a question for story practitioners

By Limor Shiponi I’m working on creating a storytelling grid that can help map the field of things named storytelling. If you’re curious, please read post I & post II and don’t miss the interesting comments. At the same time I’d like to present a question to story practitioners in order to create a survey and compare your answers to …

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 …

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 …