Concerts and presentations will be presented in the oral tradition. I will be telling stories as they were once told in villages and by story collectors throughout the early centuries, long before television, computers and technology came into our world.
These stories traveled with the storyteller and were delivered, often with musical accompaniment, to kings and queens, dignitaries, and to people in markets and courtyards; in the dark around fires or candles, and were heard in several countries around the world. They were stories from all cultures and walks of life. Storytellers were valued and respected, as they rehearsed well and delivered with passion and believability.
Their stories taught about life, rich history, and universal humanity.
Most people in a community can relate to hearing stories while growing up, and, of course, we ALL express our experiences by telling what happened on a particular day – this is part of storytelling too. As adults and children, we love to hear good tales, and we are enriched by being given the opportunity to use our imagination and visualise the images in our head.
Modern day storytellers are committed to keeping stories and music alive by sharing some of the most famous and wonderful fairy tales, folk tales and legends of all time, and, as in the days of yore, some tellers also include their own tales. Ironically, they retrieve many traditional stories from computer sites dedicated to storytelling! And we find great book sources by going to the libraries in our communities. We don’t have to travel too far to find amazing stories these days – how wonderful that there were story collectors!