What is storytelling?

33Storytelling is an oral-linguistic, reciprocal, real-time, dynamic community act. It resonates with the basic human need to create order and balance. Storytelling aims at  opening the possibility of visiting new and old ideas via mental, emotional, and kinesthetic inner-action – to find understanding, to self-learn, to remember, to be entertained – as individuals and members of various identity circles. It exists in the world since the time sharing something beyond the obvious with someone besides yourself; became essential to human survival.

The Core Model of Storytelling

The core model of storytelling is a dynamic partnership in exchange between three: a messenger (storyteller), a witness (listener) and an utterance (the spoken story). In order for storytelling to happen, all three partners have to be in the same physical space, at the same time, communicating with each other. Each act of telling is dependent on the ongoing influence of listener on teller on story and so on again and again from the first beat to the last beat of a story.

Contrary to what many are made to believe – the listener isn’t passive, the story isn’t fixed and the storyteller does not own the situation. It is a partnership that practices mutual influence, constantly.

Who is a Storyteller?

A storyteller is a community messenger who has the skill to combine text, voice and gesture expression in order to elicit a story in the imagination of the listener – which is the only place where the story actually exists. At the same time the storyteller is also the protagonist of the storytelling event, whose ultimate objective is for the storytelling event to succeed – by temporarily restoring a sense of order and balance, through opening the possibility of visiting new and old ideas – to find understanding, to self-learn, to remember, to be entertained – as individuals and members of various identity circles. A storyteller is a person who can commit, perform and serve this event to its fullest.

More about the core model of storytelling here.

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