An Ancient Art Is Undergoing a Revival
Are you a fan of NPR’s Storycorps? Do you have memories of a grandparent, great uncle or neighbor, who would keep you enthralled as he or she told you stories of what it was like to be a child growing up in those days long ago? Do you remember learning about Scheherazade, the 9th century fictional storyteller who saved herself from execution by telling tales? Or do you love listening to books on tape, caught up in the way the narrator reveals the story, bringing you into the creative process?
Please note: Although the event is free, registration is required. Registration for this Sunday Series will open on Dec. 28.
Storytelling, an ancient art that binds the storyteller and the audience and predates the written word, is experiencing a renaissance, an antidote to the instant, impersonal communication of cell phones, Facebook, Instagram and twitter. Much of its popularity can be traced to the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN and the subsequent establishment of TELLABRATION!™ regional festivals, beginning in 1986.
On Sunday, January 28, you have the opportunity to witness this ancient art as Litchfield Park’s Mark Compton brings the art of storytelling to the Chianti Room. An active local storyteller who also teaches and coaches new and experienced storytellers in the state, Compton is a frequent performer and organizer of local events and festivals.
Storytellers reveal, and thus share, themselves through the telling of a story — the recounting of an incident that happened to them or the work of a creative writer — and in turn, the listeners reveal and share themselves through their reception of the story.
The intimacy and connection is deepened by the flexibility of oral storytelling which allows the tale to be molded according to the needs of the audience and/or the location or environment of the telling. Listeners also experience the urgency of a creative process taking place in their presence and they experience the empowerment of being a part of that creative process. Storytelling creates a personal bond with the teller and the audience.
Storytelling may take place in many forms, from prose, poems, songs or accompanied by dance or other theatrical performances. It has been around as long as human language has existed, taking shape around evening fires, in oracles from mountain tops and from alters in ancient temples.
You won't want to miss this exciting and enchanting afternoon. Although the event is free, registration is required due to the space limitations of the room.