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*Little Marquee of (Fairy)tales* *Chapiteau des Contes*


*Little Marquee of (Fairy)tales* *Chapiteau des Contes*

LITTLE STORYTELLING MARQUEE:Itinerant project round the world with the contribution of storytellers from the world. CHAPITEAU DES CONTES:Projet de structure itinérante d'accueil autour du monde avec la contribution de conteurs du monde entier.

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Comment by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on October 8, 2008 at 4:45pm
I would love to know more about this project.

Comment by karen gummo on October 6, 2008 at 2:41pm
Hello Nathalie,
Your idea of Le Chapiteau Des Contes sounds inspiring. Are you thinking of a portable structure that could travel around the world or that could be reproduced and distributed to many countries? I like the idea of a space especially created for storytelling.
One of the most wonderful storytelling spaces that I have told tales in was in Regina, Saskatchewan in Canada. It is a sculpture designed by artist Joe Fafard called "In the Mind's Garden". It is in the shape of a gazebo with no top. I believe it is a hexagon but made of iron so too heavy for transporting. The sides are silhouettes of many stories that you can look through and there are several entrances - probably 4. This kind of structure could be made of cloth or some other lightweight material as well.

I could look for a photo if you like.
Another simple possiblity would be to simply use a canvas backdrop or a quilt. Sometimes simple ideas are the best. We also love to host visiting storytellers. Let us know if you are coming this way.
Best wishes,
Karen Gummo
Comment by Martin Manasse on October 6, 2008 at 10:45am
Looking at it from that point of view: storyteling to people in their own spaces makes one kind of impact. Storytelling to people in a specially built venue with atmosphere and to which people come specifically expecting to hear and enjoy stories is another kind of impact. The designated space, such as your little Marquee, provides a focus and if people choose to go there they are making a conscious decision whereas when a storyteller is brought into a school space the children are there anyway and are not making the choice to attend. Both scenarios work and can, indeed, work very well but it is quite likely that the audience in the marquee that was made to be a storytelling venue and has a special decor and atmosphere will achieve a deeper contact with the art.

All these issues make me think that it might be wonderful if somehow an international conference on storytelling could be funded to explore how we do things and what relationship storytelling has with social life, education, health and therapy, heritage, business, faith and the environment. For many of these things we already have some experience and knowledge but an international gathering to exchange views and ideas and share thoughts on initiatives such as the Chapiteau des Contes or Kitty's boat in Holland would probably broaden all our experience and knowledge as well as providing closer international contact between storytellers and the great bonus of reminding us that we are not alone in this crazy world.

I suspect that some idea of this kind probably underlies the FEST initiative. Sadly, I am nearly 70 now so I feel that I have neither the time nor the energy to try to make such an event happen. I feel convinced that somehow, somehwere, there must be a way of raising the general public awareness of the power and value of storytelling and bringing it much closer to the centre of the agenda. I suppose I am allowed to dream...
Comment by Martin Manasse on October 5, 2008 at 6:40pm
I can see a lot of attraction in the idea of a compact storytelling tour space designed for the purpose but I am very uncertain about its practical application, certainly in the U.K. There would be issues of funding, of insurance, of health and safety and risk assessment none of which particularly apply when a storyteller simply goes into a school and works in the classroom. When I am in discussion about arts in education I always stress that storytelling is in many ways the most powerful and cost-effective. It is in a language everyone understands, it opens the mind to imagine its own images and interpretation of the story, it stimulates improvement in literacy and numeracy and can have a profound effect on behaviour and play and yet the only cost is the storyteller. No special premises, no need to transport people to another venue, no sets or props or costumes, just a storyteller weaving magic in the minds of the listeners.

The Chapiteau des Contes, while being wonderfully suited to the purpose, could actually work against what I find so very amazing about storytelling: we meet people in their own territory and simply by the power of our stories we transport them into different worlds. If we trust ourselves and our stories why do we need a purpose built auditorium to present them?

If there is a regional or local festival where storytelling is a part of the programme then such a venue could be ideal but I dare to suggest that one of the key attractions of storytelling to schools and other establishments is that it can simply happen where the people are with out any need for any special arrangements and to me, that appears as a great strength. Forgive me if I appear a bit negative; I am more than willing to listen to other arguments but at first sight it would appear to me that the idea, while brilliant in certain applications, might turn out to be counter-productive in others. I would be delighted if you could convince me that I am mistaken.
Comment by Dale Jarvis on October 5, 2008 at 1:27pm
We are not really on the way anywhere else out here on our island in the North Atlantic, but if anyone is coming this way, I'd be happy to try and arrange some sort of performance or house concert! We love visiting storytellers!
Comment by andrea lovett on October 4, 2008 at 12:07pm
This sounds like a great idea. Yes I would support something like that. I am all about that,Andrea

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