march, 2018

wed21mar9:00 am4:00 pmStorytellers Camp Day 1Storytellers Camp is an intensive journey deep into the traditions and contemporary expressions of storytelling. FEATURING: Workshops and talks by festival storytellers.


(Wednesday) 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


CSI Annex

720 Bathurst St., Toronto

Event Details

Storytellers Camp is an intensive journey deep into the traditions and contemporary expressions of storytelling. The faculty, led by Camp Director Bob Barton, includes many of the festival’s national and international storytellers.

Day 1 explores storytelling as performance, the Anatolian tradition of riddling and lying tales, and how storytelling can be a form of social activism.

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Words and Movement

Camp Director Bob Barton opens and dancer/choreographer Michelle Silagy leads us into a world where text, music, and movement align.

Our texts include personal narratives, Shakespeare’s sonnets, and impromptu writing.  Using gesture, movement pattern, and improvised dance, storytellers learn new ways to embody and celebrate their stories.

1:30 – 4:00 PM

Storytellers Camp Afternoon Workshops

Campers choose one workshop.

1) Becoming Your Story

Dutch storyteller Eric Borrias may be the most animated performer on the storytelling scene. This workshop uses a series of exercises to create new knowledge of your story, your warm-up to performance, and your ability to use body, space, and the “R” of storytelling in bringing your story to life. The “R” of Storytelling? Join in and find out! Participants should bring a short story to explore.

2) We Walk Each Other Home (Part 1)

Winnipeg teller Jamie Oliviero is a passionate international advocate for peace and intercultural understanding. This is a two-session workshop that explores the ways that stories can establish a sense of community. Through stories shared with accompanying activities, we will examine our role as storytelling activists using the power of stories to bring about positive change.

3) The Anatolian Storyteller’s Way

Turkish storyteller Judith Liberman invites you to explore the world of Anatolian storytelling. Anatolia’s wandering storytellers had a very special way of preparing the villagers to enter the world of stories. When they reached a new village they would first chalk up a riddle on the board of the tea place. In this workshop, we will work on creating our own riddles, and move on to the ‘tekerlemes’ (Turkish tales of lies) and discover how these magical stories can help us dream larger.


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Workshops and talks by festival storytellers.

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