Take five unique storytellers with diverse backgrounds and with local, national and international experience in telling stories. Turn them loose to each tackle the same “you only think you know it” fairytale type. Let it blend and percolate and you’ll get the “One Story, Many Voices” evening of right-there-in-front-of-you storytelling.
For Spring 2015, we took a look and listen to tale-type 500 or "The Name of the Helper." Five storytellers: Sean Buvala, Harriet Cole, Laura Rutherford, Clem W. Condon and Joyce Story all shared folktales from around the world, all starting with Sean sharing the "Rumpelstiltskin" tale that is probably the most familiar to U.S audiences, at least. You'll experience a variety of styles and tellings as you listen in to this concert from March 2015 held in Avondale, Arizona, USA.
Following the concert, the tellers and audience took part in a discussion about these stories. Subjects ranged but included topics such as "the role of the number three in folktales," "why names are important," and telling violent stories to young children. Speaking of which, not all of these folktales in this presentation are for kids.
So, spin your time into gold and listen in to both the concert and the discussion afterwards. Remember to scroll down the page (below the pictures) to the actual links for these audios.
PART 1: Full concert of tale-type 500
PART 2: Full discussion after event.
In the next part, we've set up just the stories for you from each teller.
Part 3: "Rumpelstiltskin" (Sean)
Part 4: "The Three Aunts" (Harriet)
Part 5: "Peerifool" (Laura)
Part 6: "Tarandando" (Clem)
Part 7: "The Hippopotamus and the Tortoise"(Joyce)
You can also listen to another one of our "One Story, Many Voices" concerts and discussions when you click here now.
Clem W. Condon
LINKS to audio are below! ©2015 Storyteller.net