Make fairy tales, myths, and fantasies come alive! Participants will experiment with tools and techniques to breathe life into the characters of a story. Using facial expressions, voice, gestures, and body movements, participants will learn ways to become the dragon or the heroine. Becoming the characters, allows the teller and the audience to visualize them more clearly. It is this clarity, which brings the characters and the story to life. This workshop focuses on experimenting with the techniques and theories discussed. A narrator can tell you what happened, but only a dragon can truly demonstrate.
The Japanese-Korean-American storyteller Alton Takimaya-Chung, grew up with the stories, superstitions, and the magic of the Hawaiian Islands. This gives him a unique perspective when telling stories from Hawaii, of WWII Japanese-Americans, and Asian folktales. His secret passion, however, is telling ghost stories. He has been a featured teller at the Timpanogas Storytelling Festival, the National Storytelling Festival, the two largest storytelling festivals in the USA and international storytelling festivals in the Cayman Islands, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand. He has created and led many custom storytelling workshops for a variety of professional and academic groups, schools, universities, and library systems. He has been a guest lecturer on storytelling at the University of Hawaii and the University of Washington. He also is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors for National Storytelling Network, the national organization for storytellers in the USA.
For more info about Alton see www.altonchung.com
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