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 help co-create the event from inside, the three narratives present through means of expression and composition: verbal, vocal and somatic-kinesthetic. They exist in all three partners of the core storytelling model.
On the outside they are evident through the work of the storyteller – story-text, voice and gesture. At the same time the listener carries knowledge in the same three narratives, otherwise he can’t understand what the storyteller is doing. What about the utterance? I chose this word for several reasons, one of them connected to this issue: utterance is a spoken adjustable text and therefore is created considering adjustable voice and somatic-kinesthetic experience.
On even a deeper level these three narratives represent the need to share a thought (story-text/ verbal) adapted to a relationship (gesture/somatic-kinesthetic) materialized in time (voice/patterned movement). It’s not a clear cut though and this is important – a gesture can affect voice and so can a story-text. Voice can help interpret a story-text in new ways, some of them influenced by a gesture made by listeners. This creates an ongoing conversation between needs of tension and relief, question and answer, closeness and remoteness and so forth, like a communal breathing of thoughts, relationships and somatic-kinesthetic needs of the bodies present in the telling.
Think about the various arts, disciplines, skills, occupations connected to the inner threefold of storytelling and the vastness of the grid (in lack of a better word right now) becomes apparent. More to come…