My sculpture doesn’t tell a story

A year ago, I joined CAN New Artists Collegium founded and led by David Zundelovitch. The members of the group I’m in are all sculptors. I arrive from music and storytelling. It wasn’t clear if I’ll manage to blend in. My music education involved art history and I’m no stranger to the arts. Yet my knowledge and experience with sculpting is zero. I never …

Storytellers, what do you think about story slams?

By Limor Shiponi I’m seeking sincere replies: after several years of story slams gaining traction, do you see it is supporting the art of storytelling and storytellers, creating more awareness to what we do and why we do it, or isn’t it? Maybe it’s changing the nature of what we can offer and will be accepted, maybe it is bringing in …

Practice out loud

By Limor Shiponi The guy opened his mouth to tell me a story he’s been working on for over a month; it was a disaster. The words stumbled out of his mouth; he looked totally confused and frightened. “But I’ve been practicing daily,” he hissed with visible frustration. I asked him to tell me about his daily practice. Turns out …

What is a good story?

By Limor Shiponi Originally posted on LinkedIn I guess this is another million dollar question. The way to go about it starts with observing specific moments where people say, “that way such a good story”. Last week I had the opportunity to be reminded of this question once again. We had a concert involving eight storytellers and seven musicians. The …

Recalculating Route

By Limor Shiponi Officially, I’m going on a sabbatical. Personally, I’m giving myself time for exploration, experimentation and a good rest: seafaring, sports, storytelling, sightseeing, and some sweat folly with my grandchild. Adieu business, I’ll be back in a year.

Why does a storyteller need all the fortune in the world?

By Limor Shiponi One of the groups I work with is a storytelling peers group, looking into Jewish texts as a source of inspiration. After doing some Limmud (learning) each of us goes off exploring, composing, reading, thinking, trying to come up with tales, new stories, interpretations, and create something new. Limmud in the Jewish tradition is performed in Hevruta …

We won’t have to talk. Jolly good?

By Limor Shiponi “My father says that in ten years from now, we won’t have to talk anymore. Using special technologies, we’ll just have to think and things will happen.” Coming from a 14 years old gifted teenager, who said it during a storytelling session for young writers. All the other participants, aged 14 and gifted – nodded in approval. …

An exercise in giving feedback

By Limor Shiponi Just back from a storytelling training session with something I want to share: When training, participants expect me to give them feedback, which I do. Often I can sense they are flabbergasted, “how does she know how to hit the nail on its head?” while on other occasions they’ll be wondering, “that’s what she chose to say …

To the storyteller yesterday is still here

By Limor Shiponi “When a day passes, it is no longer there. What remains of it? Nothing more than a story. If stories weren’t told or books weren’t written, humans would live like the beasts, only for the day. Reb Zebulun said, “Today we live, but by tomorrow today will be a story. The whole world, all human life, is …

7 good reasons to tell stories at work

By Limor Shiponi And in life. This is for everyone and it’s not about becoming a storyteller. Let that idea aside, focus on who and what you are, and practice sharing stories. #1 It will improve your communication skills. Telling stories face to face is very different than handling out stories in written format or any other medium. Try this: …