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 …

Who or what is a professional storyteller?

By Limor Shiponi Bottom line: I’m starting to realize those are the wrong questions. The real ones are “who is a storyteller?” or “what is a storyteller?” or “what is storytelling?” In today’s world, when the professional Modus Vivendi has become, “I say who and what I am, and who are you to say I’m not”, it’s pretty obvious people …

Core emotion, core movement

By Limor Shiponi G is past ‘David’s lament’ full text analysis. He has performance decisions and he’s ready to practice them. The thing is, storytelling is not only about what the storyteller wants or needs. Storytelling is a dynamic partnership, and it shifts from performance to performance. What G sees as fixed decisions right now, will not always work. What …

Storytelling – is something wrong with this word?

By Limor Shiponi Once upon a time I was jealous of English speaking storytellers for having the word ‘storytelling’ to describe their art – a single word which is both a noun and a verb, concise with movement and flair, elegant. In Hebrew we had a combination of two words – ‘Sipur Sipurim’ – meaning telling stories or telling of …

Ofra Gisella Kipnis

By Limor Shiponi Ofra Gisella Kipnis (1.12.1927 – 3.8.2011) Ofra was born and raised in a secular bourgeois Jewish home in Tunisia. She drew her values and world view from her parents who emphasized the importance of general education, wide knowledge, socialism and humanism. Growing in the shadow of WWII, it became natural for her family to turn to activism …