Playing with Story

You are invited to come out and play with storyteller Rivka Willick.  It’s time to explore, embrace, and celebrate the stories inside us.   It’s not a workshop…It’s a Playshop for grownups!!

Invite the kid inside of you to act silly, get messy, and be a genius in this fun and insightful 8 week series.  We’ll play with oral story using drums, improv, art, costumes, photography, artifacts, and more.  You’ll have lots of opportunities to tell, hear and play.  Embrace organic storytelling as a standalone art form or draw on it as a seed art to expand and enrich other art. Here’s a fun space to explore the stories inside you and grow.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to come out and play!

photo by Ostillac Callisto
photo by Ostillac Callisto

What is storytelling? We’ll warm up with games, a story box, Rivka’s famous smell box, and surprises.  An introduction to oral story and an exciting creative workout .

fingerpaint-1-1171665 Drawing story – A picture is worth a thousand words! Now it’s time to say those words.  We will use free form pen & Ink drawings, finger paint and classic art as a spring board for our stories.

camera and stuff Don’t throw my Kodachrome away! Using photos and artifacts to find and preform stories I like to call this the family story playshop.  We get to tell the stories we lived and heard throughout our lives using stuff to trigger memories.  (Milk and cookies will be served).

drummer-Dominic MorelFinding the story’s rhythm – Stories with drums – Every story, every character, every person has a rhythm.  We will explore our personal rhythms, search for our character’s rhythms, and play with chanting.  We’ll also tell stories with drums and percussive instruments.

photo by Koen Pepperman
photo by Koen Pepperman

 IMPROV: Yes! My Grandmother Kissed a Raptor – Traditional or organic storytelling is not memorized or read aloud.  It is always changing and collaborative with the audience.  Improv Games improve our ability to “get off the script and get real.”  This fast moving class is so much fun you’ll be shocked at how powerful

photo by Ted C
photo by Ted C

Story & Song – Stories and songs have been having a love affair for centuries, now you can be part of that love.  If you have an instrument—bring it. We will explore the Ballad Format and reconstruct songs into performance stories.  Musical and non-musical people are all invited.

Photo by Jeremy Gardner
Photo by Jeremy Gardner

Tandem telling: Sharing the story – Storytelling doesn’t have to be a solo art form. We will explore collaborative storytelling – telling together and inviting other performance arts to share the story.

photo by Torli Roberts
photo by Torli Roberts