You need to select one of these four workshops to take on Day 2 (afternoon)
.ONCE UPON A MOTION - Call & Response & Move
Facilitator: Jeff Gere
Here's an exhilarating storytelling adventure with Jeff! In this interactive workshop, Jeff will lead a captivating lecture, 'CALL & RESPONSE" demonstration of the folktale "The Bird With The Hurt Wing". Then, he'll empower small groups to create their own call & response interpretation of SHORT stories, guided by his example and expertise. Get ready for a lively, laughter-filled two-hour session as you dive into the creative process and witness the group performances come to life.
JEFF GERE is OLD. Jeff was the Drama Specialist for the Oahu (Hawaii) Dept. of Parks & Recreation for 30 years, teaching and storytelling continually. He founded, produced, hosted & performed in the biggest storytelling event in Hawaii (27 years) which spun off into story radio, a TV series, and many kinds of tours. Since retiring (end of 2014), he toured internationally, in USA & Hawaii. During covid, he continued to produce shows. He hosted a week-long Storytelling Retreat on Kauai (March, ʻ23). He hosts ʻJeffʻs Picks featuring FEAST members to USA audiences. Jeff does stuff.
SPONTANEOUS AND PLAYFUL STORYTELLING
Facilitator: Christine Carlton
Much has been written about the benefits of storytelling being purposeful and persuasive, yet the power of spontaneous and playful storytelling has often been undervalued. With a sense of play and spontaneity, participants in this workshop will be invited to stretch their imagination to develop their creativity, spontaneity and flexibility as storytellers. We will look at the power of Story to educate, entertain, build community, foster creativity and transform lives and business.
At the end of my session, participants will :
- have participated in a number of creative improvised storytelling techniques and processes
- be able to use these storytelling processes effectively and with confidence in their lives and workplace to build community and awaken creative potential
Christine Carlton is an Australian Storyteller, Drama and Creative Arts Educator who has performed and facilitated workshops throughout Australia and internationally. She offers opportunities for individuals and organisations to tap into their creativity to give voice to their stories whether they be true, tall or traditional tales. Christine loves how stories challenge, entertain, develop and delight both the tellers and the audience.
MIND TO MOUTH - Imbibing recipes in folktales
Facilitators: Ambujavalli Nagarajan and Lavanya Prasad
Embark on a captivating journey through the folklore of food and recipes in our immersive workshop. Join Ambujavalli and Lavanya, self-proclaimed foodies, as they delve into the rich tapestry of cultural identity and societal values embedded in traditional tales. Discover how recipes and messages have been passed down through generations, both as cherished memories and cautionary tales. Engage in meaningful discussions and creative exercises to create your own recipe-infused story. Consider how to preserve your cultural heritage through the captivating medium of food. Don't miss this unique opportunity to explore the world of culinary folklore and pass on the flavours of tradition to future generations.
Ambujavalli - an IT professional turned storyteller-trainer and public speaker - strongly believes that good stories spread healthy happiness. She is known for the performance elements(rhythms, movements and humour) that she weaves into her stories. Interviewed and featured by various national TV and radio channels, she has also been a performer/workshop lead in various national and international festivals. Contributing to one of the FEAST anthologies, she has been part of the state government’s story project. A hard core believer in the Supreme, her genres extend from spiritual to folk to classical to personal!
Lavanya is an electrical engineer turned professional storyteller and believes that she makes better and long lasting connections using stories than electrical wires. Her Organization Tale’scope has stepped into its tenth year and works with children and adults using stories as a medium. Lavanya loves to incorporate the Indian classical and folk elements of music and dance into her telling styles.She has been invited as a featured teller representing India, in many international storytelling festivals.Her project roots with senior citizens was acknowledged and appreciated by the Honourable Prime minister of India very recently.Lavanya not only believes in incorporating the art that she has learnt in to her storytelling forms but delve deep into them for greater understanding and clarity. Her paper regarding an indigenous storytelling form in India was recently selected to be presented at a prestigious conference in a renowned platform. This journey has taken her into the path of deep research with respect to the storytelling artforms in India.
ENERGIZER GAMES - for preschoolers, primary children, teens and adults
Facilitator: Alla Lebedeva
Discover the magic of creating lively and warm environments through games in this interactive session with Russian storyteller Alla Lebedeva! Learn the art of fostering a safe and supporting atmosphere while releasing energy and laughter with practical games. Alla’s workshop will guide you through a variety of age-appropriate games that are guaranteed to bring joy and laughter into your sessions while developing spontaneity, awareness of the body, language and rhythm, and fostering greater responsiveness of others. Experience the power of play firsthand, and leave with new skills and unforgettable memories.
Alla Lebedeva adores stories and tells them to audiences from 1.5 years to 100. She works with school children and conducts workshops for teachers, showing how to use storytelling to make lessons both informative and entertaining. In cooperation with biographical consultants, she uses storytelling methods to help people get deeper understanding of their lives. She also works with seniors, using storytelling to make them talk. She believes that our souls talk through stories and there's always a story just for you. She has been a regular facilitator in FEAST’s bi-monthly Games Night sessions and her sense of play is also obvious in our SIG PlotLuck