IF THE TREES COULD SPEAK
Tales of Epic Struggles in the Dandakar Forest
Saturday 14th of April 2018
7.30 – 9.30 pm in the Story Hut
Entrance by donation
The Ramayana is one of India`s great epic tales and widely known throughout South Asia. However, is this story as it is traditionally told, all there is to tell? Who were the demons? What was the war really about? Where are the women`s voices? The Dandakar Forest in Eastern India is the setting for the Ramayana. Today the Dandakar forest is again the site of bitter struggle. If the trees could speak, what stories would they tell?
Mining companies prowl the land hungry for the minerals beneath the trees. They are fiercely opposed by the Adivasi people who have lived in the forest for centuries. Maoist guerrillas fighting a decades’ old armed struggle for social justice also occupy the forest. In order to clear the way for mining, the Indian government has gone to war against its own people. What happens to an Adivasi woman who dares to make her voice heard?
This lively interweaving of a contemporary real life story with a feminist re- telling of a traditional myth is performed in honour of the courage of the women and men on the frontlines of a struggle to protect a forest which is in danger of becoming a place that will only exist in a story.
Suitable for ages 14 and up.
If the trees could speak was created by Kerima Mohideen on the 2017 three month ISOS course Storytelling Beyond Words at Emerson College. Kerima is a storyteller, educator and environmental activist based in London. She can be contacted at email@example.com or at https://juststorytellingblog.wordpress.com/
This performance will be just over an hour long plus a ten minute interval and time for questions and discussion about the issues raised in the story as well as about the development of the story on the course and how Kerima has continued to working with it since.
THE LIGHT IN THE STONE
Saturday April 21st 2018
A tale of ancient light and sacred secrets weaving together spoken word and music.
Storyteller, SARAH DECO, brings together tales from the three Abrahamic religions drawing from the oral traditions, stories and legends of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The story follows a stone, containing primordial light, given to Adam and Eve by Raziel, Angel of Mysteries. This stone brings wisdom and transformation as it passes from one generation to the next. Sometimes lost for eons, it rolls on through ancient time and in its long and eventful journey approaches our own .
STORYTELLING BEYOND WORDS - GRADUATION DAY 2018
Saturday June 2nd from 9:30am until 6:00pm
What is the role of storytelling as we face the challenges in the 21st century?
Join the International School of Storytelling community for the Graduation Day of our students on the flagship 3-month course Storytelling Beyond Words.On this course students hone their storytelling skills, learning their craft and exploring the wisdom within folktales, wonder tales, myths and legends. On the day, our graduates will be sharing their individual projects and research questions in a celebration of performances, workshops, discussions, story and song, addressing a variety of personal, social and environmental 21st century challenges.
We look forward to welcoming you to share their stories and discoveries!
Open to all. No tickets required. Some recommended ages restrictions may apply.
Keep an eye on the website or facebook for the full programme of events, talks and storytelling nearer the time.