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2018 Storytellers Camp at the Toronto Storytelling Festival

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Centre for Social Innovation - Annex

720 Bathurst Street

Toronto, ON M5S 2R4

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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. Join us and explore the art of storytelling. Whether you are a beginner or advanced storyteller, the 2018 Storytellers Camp will provide opportunities to advance your technique and develop connections with international and local tellers.

Each day begins with Bob Barton (Camp Director) alongside festival guest artists who will lead the whole group in a series of storytelling exercises. Each day for lunch, attendees are invited to listen to performances by artists at the International Storytalk at A Different Booklist Cultural Centre, located at 777 Bathurst (across the street from the Camp venue). After lunch, participants have a choice of a workshop which will run for the afternoon. This is a rare chance to spend time with storytelling peers from a wide range of practices and interests, and to experience intimate talks and workshops with some of the world’s leading storytellers.

Both Camp venues are fully accessible.


DAY ONE - WEDNESDAY MARCH 21, 2018
Day One 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.

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM: International Storytalk: Storytelling and Social Change, at A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst Street (Across the Street from CSI Annex). On the anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa, two storyteller/activists share their experiences with the power of storytelling to bring about social change. Gcina Mhlophe is a South African storyteller, writer, and activist, and Itah Sadu is a Toronto-based storyteller and advocate/activist.

1:30 PM- 4:00 PM: Storytellers Camp Afternoon Workshops. Participants may choose in advance one of three concurrent workshops on offer:
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.



DAY TWO - THURSDAY MARCH 22, 2018
Day two explores themes of storytelling and healing, Indigenous storytelling traditions, and discovering the hidden stories of your own life.

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: The Storyteller's Voice: Camp Director Bob Barton and voice specialist Cathy Nosaty share exercises to connect you to your voice, your imagination, and your sense of your audience.

12:00 PM –1:15 PM: International Storytalk: Dr. Scheherazade - Storytelling in Healthcare and Community Healing at A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst Street (Across the Street from CSI Annex). From Scheherazade's 1001 Nights of healing tales to storytelling done in today's hospitals, the storyteller can play an important role in creating solace, understanding, and transformation to individuals and communities. Dan Yashinsky works as the storyteller-in-residence at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, and Laura Simms has brought her storytelling to communities around the world torn by conflict, poverty, and natural disasters.

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM: Storytellers Camp Afternoon Workshops. Participants may choose in advance one of three concurrent workshops on offer:
1) Indigenous Storytelling Traditions: Metis storyteller and oral historian Ron Evans takes participants on a journey deep into the world of oral tradition.
2) Thinking Like a Storyteller: New York-based storyteller Laura Simms explores the way unique qualities of engagement, perception, and moral understanding are embedded in stories. Opening to these aspects of our art illumines stories, and gives us access to a richer more direct way of telling.
3) Tell Compelling True Stories: How do you tell your own stories, in a way that captivates your audience – and feels comfortable to you? Leaders in the Toronto True Storytelling scene, Sage Tyrtle (High Stakes Storytelling) and Marsha Shandur (True Stories Told Live Toronto) use warmth, humour, and their deep understanding of the medium to show you how, with step-by-step instructions. No storytelling experience necessary.



DAY THREE - FRIDAY MARCH 23, 2018
Camp themes for Day 3 include using humour to honour Indigenous Elders, exploring children's games and rhythms, discovering the power of traditional tales in the era of wired communication, and using storytelling to build peaceful bridges in a fractured world.

9:00 AM–12:00 PM: riding rhythms: Camp Director Bob Barton opens, and poet/playwright ahdri zhina mandiela follows with a multi-paced workshop immersing participants in an exploration of Caribbean-based children's games, songs, and movement. A knowledge of the rich world of children's lore gives storytellers an appreciation of the power of the spoken word.

**Please note that Riding Rhythms, with ahdri zhina mandiela, has been replaced with a session on South African children's games and songs, led by Gcina Mhlophe. A knowledge of the rich world of children's lore gives storytellers an appreciation of the power of the spoken word**

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM: International Storytalk: Honouring the Elders with Humour, at A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst Street (Across the Street from CSI Annex). Coming from the Yukon, storytellers and comedians Sharon Shorty and Duane Gastant'Aucoin take us into the world of Gramma Susie and Cash Creek Charlie, elders who offer a wry and hilarious commentary on modern life from the perspective of traditional Yukon wisdom.

1:30 PM- 4:00 PM: Storytellers Camp Afternoon Workshops. Participants may choose in advance one of two concurrent workshops on offer:
1) The Power of Traditional Tales in Modern Life: A storytelling exchange between two great tradition-keepers: South African teller Gcina Mhlophe and Metis oral historian and storyteller Ron Evans.
2) We Walk Each Other Home (part 2): Jamie Oliviero leads the second of a two session workshop that explores the ways that stories can establish a sense of community, and create an atmosphere of peace. Through stories shared with accompanying activities we will examine our role as storytelling activists using the power of stories to bring about positive change.



The Three Day Camp Pass includes a Festival Pass which offers guaranteed** admission to the following ticketed and free performances. (Please note: the Pass doesn't include events taking place on the festival opening weekend, March 2-4. or the ROM Fridays Live program on March 23). For detailed program and schedule information, please visit www.torontostorytellingfestival.ca:

• March 19 - 23: International Storytelling Talk – daily lunch-hour Storytalks at A Different Booklist Cultural Centre
• March 20: When Strangers Come Knocking at the Door: stories of arrival and hospitality, at Alliance Française
• March 21: Minwaajimo: Indigenous Storytelling Gathering, at Native Canadian Centre Toronto
• March 22 (choose 1 of 4): Susie & Charlie’s 2-Spirit Church Street Tour, at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre; A Letter to the King, at Dutch Dreams Ice Cream; Stories and Music from Southern Africa, at A Different Booklist Cultural Centre; or Stories to Open the Heart, at Ismaili Centre Toronto
• March 23 (choose 1 of 2): 1001 Friday Nights at the Festival, at Artscape Wychwood Barns; What a Beautiful Road, at Congregation Habonim
• March 24: Storytelling at the Barns, at Artscape Wychwood Barns; 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (choose 1 of 2): Eric Borrias tells Ice Cream Stories, at Dutch Dreams or Sahand Sahebdivani tells Persian folktales at Queen of Persia Restaurant; 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM: Storytellers in Concert, at Artscape Wychwood Barns
• March 25: Story Jam, at Toronto Reference Library




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