“folktales are really clever…”

By Limor Shiponi Our current storytelling beginners’ course is a wagon full of marvels. Last time it was the guy in marketing who came up with a profound insight, this time it’s a lady about my age with a brilliant spin-off that left us all in awe. One of the exercises I use in training, leads participants through a process …

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 …

Italo Calvino | Narratives

By Limor Shiponi Commenting on what’s important in a tale, Peter Fruhmann mentioned ‘Invisible Cities‘ by Italo Calvino, creating the opportunity to re-write an old post I’ve deleted from this blog long ago. It’s an exercise aiming at answering the question: can any story happen to anyone, anywhere? Find the book, read through, and then pick one city. Ask the …

Storytelling tips | How to handle characters too complex for telling

By Limor Shiponi David Ben-Gurion is such a character. The scope of his actions, time and place in history, the background story, his personality and the mixed feelings people have about him, all make his character just too complex to tell a single story about. The only people who sound authentic talking about him are people who knew him first …

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 …