Principles of Storytelling and the Spoken Word
Led by one of the world’s leading performance storytellers working with reconstructed traditional narratives, this brief introductory workshop frames the basic paradigms of oral storytelling, firmly registers the difference between orality and literacy and gives a taste of how ancient Sanskrit theories of Rasa can inform creative decision making. This workshop is primarily aimed at theatre and performance practitioners.
Ben Haggarty pioneered the re-visioning of storytelling as contemporary performing art. Having trained with Welfare State & East 15, Ben has been a professional performance storyteller for over 35 years, mastering a dynamic improvised ‘mantic storytelling’ form. He is the Honorary Professor of Storytelling at the Arts University of Berlin and Artistic Director of the legendary Crick Crack Club, Britain’s premier promoter & programmer of storytelling for adult audiences.
He is also the author of the acclaimed, MeZolith, series of Stone Age graphic novels. Ben has a working repertoire of more than 350 folktales, fairy tales, epic and myths and has made more than 150 International storytelling festival appearances in 34 countries. He has also researched epic storytelling traditions in central Asia and Central India. He was a consultant on England’s National Oracy Project (1987 – 1992) piloting strategies for developing ‘speaking and listening’ in both primary and secondary schools. From 2001 – 2011 he was the official storyteller with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Ben is a much sought after teacher and trainer of storytellers specialising in Rasa theory and the physicality of performance. In 2017 he was awarded a British Citizen Award for services to the Arts.
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