Moment from Turku Impro Festival 2017
Something new! (Premiere Autumn 2017)
Vindmantel – Ilman viitta
Storytellers: Mikael Öberg (Swe) & Markus Luukkonen (Fin)
Production: Fabula Storytelling
Shaibalaiba! – Story Café
Join us at Shaibalaiba! Story Café, a cosy gathering of storytellers, every first Friday of the month. There is an open stage for anyone who has a story to tell, as well as featured guest storytellers every month. Some of the events will be hosted in Finnish and some in English.
Teatteri Ilmi Ö, Iso Roobertinkatu 10 B, Helsinki
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Samova’s new storytelling club starts in 2017! Every third Friday of the month, professional storytellers bring their stories to the stage in Theatre Ilmi Ö. Join us for some amazing performances from Finland and abroad.
Teatteri Ilmi Ö, Iso Roobertinkatu 10 B (Always at 6pm)
20.1. Markus Luukkonen
17.2. Christine Cooper (Wales)
17.3. Judith Black (USA)
21.4. Anna-Maria Toivonen
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Hey hey hey!
We have been working really hard to make our tour in the UK happen and finally all comes together. Our working period in the UK starts at 11th of April with Guest House Storytellers in Newhaven and ends at 29th of April at The Bureau in Blackburn.
Altogether we are planning to have twelve Mobile Dreams performances but some of them are still in the works. Stay tuned for the complete list of tour dates & venues!
Our work is made possible by Nordic Culture Point and the grant we did receive from them at the end of last year. Great thanks! We are ready to go.
East-London Street, Edinburgh
This Autumn me and my dear partner Anna Uschanov got possibility to work in Artist Residency in Edinburgh. We were the last artists in Art Promotion Centre Finland’s residency in East-London Street. Two months we spent in the middle of active Scottish storytelling scene. Scotland and strong traditions, England and buzzing storytelling club-scene with growing performance storytelling style. As a Finnish artist I look from my own point of view and I link my art somewhere between.
Thanks for Scottish Storytelling Centre and SISF2016 -festival. Great moments, good conversations and a lot of inspiration. For me the highlight of the festival week was one of the first Open Hearth events at Netherbow Theatre, In my mind I can still hear echoes of those stories told by Amina Blackwood, Michael Kerins and Beatriz Quintana Valle.
Thanks for Janis Mackay & Beverley Bryant for possibility to share ideas and to see your work as storytellers and mentors with apprenticeship storytellers. With the system of apprenticeship and mentors, new Scottish storytellers are linked on a long tradition and the stream of generations. I think that the strength of the tradition in Scotland is quite uniq in storytelling scene in Europa. Scottish scene has still old tradition bearers in whom family the role of a storyteller has been passed on for generations. I am privileged that I got opportunity to spent some days with Seannachie Seoras MacPherson. Thanks Douglas Mackay for the invitation to perform in the Inverness Storytelling festival. And thanks for Seoras for all those stories and seeds of inspiration you shared with us!
I feel that in the heart of Scottish storytelling is sharing, participation, tradition. It was interesting to see some differencies between the scenes in England and Scotland. Many thanks for Litfest for the invitation to perform in Lancaster and thanks for Dominic Kelly for stimulating conversations over a whisky bottle.
Storytelling today, it’s fascinating. I see that in different places, groups and venues storytelling is used in different ways and from different basis and for many kind of audiences and target groups. It’s not just tradition bearing, it’s not a museal art form. In many places one can find storytellers and artist who do experiments and develop the art of storytelling to new fields, both as performance and community art.
As I see the history and tradition I can see my self and my art from a different point of view. I hope that I will do what I do, without binding it to the borders that say that this is storytelling and this is not. I hope that I’m brave enough to cross the unseen borders and I hope I’m able to challenge my self as an artist and storyteller. Anyway behind all the different styles and ways to you use storytelling I see that there’s common bottomline – storytelling speaks from people to people and in the end it’s all about the connection.
Let the rehearsals go on
– and let’s continue the conversation!
Big thanks for Art Promotion Centre Finland!
Date and Time: Thursday 24th November 7:30pm
Venue: The Storey Auditorium, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH
Tickets: £9.50 full/£8 Concession – tickets available online here or In person/by phone: Lancaster Visitor Information Centre, The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, 01524 582394 (Monday – Saturday 10am-4pm)
‘From the Woods’
Finland is a land of endless forests and thousands of lakes. The forest is sacred, but it’s the edge of the civilized area, an unknown and frightening place. The vast wilderness has always been full of strange beings. The Devil might be lurking behind the trees; other creatures are watching from the undergrowth. Which are good and which are bad? And how can you be sure?
Markus weaves these traditional tales from his native Finland with narratives from his own life. The result is a string of stories about love, about death, and about dreaming, told in Markus’ down-to-earth and dynamic style. He combines dark Finnish humour with beautiful imagery and a gentle finger on the pulse of the human condition.
Inverness Storytelling Festival returns for a second year with a mixture of tales, music, poetry and craic from Scottish Highlands and distant landscapes.
It will be a celebration of Highland ceilidh culture with stories from: George Macpherson, Bob Pegg, Dougie Mackay, Daniel Serridge, Carol Scorer, Lizzie McDougall, Markus Luukkonen, Alasdair Taylor, Ecopoetry from Helen Moore, Gaelic song from Christina Stewart and global music from Omar Bin Mohammed Afif (Morrocco), Sergio Zavayeta (Peru) and the Woodland Roots Band and folk sounds from Joe Hill’s Wake and Dougie Burns (with a few more surprise acts)
Timetable is as follows:
@ La Tortilla assesena
7-8pm- Black Dog Days (Bob Pegg)
8.30-10 “Heart Is in The Highlands” Open Hearth session (George MacPherson, Dougie Mackay, Christina Stewart)
£5 each, £7 for both
@ the Bike Shed, Grant Street
12-12.45pm “Tales of the Magic Drum”- Childrens Storytelling with Dougie Mackay
13.30-15:00pm River Ness Story Walk/ The Old Grey Magician with George Macpherson
3.30-5pm Tales of The Moray Firth with The Gold and Silver Darlings Story Quilt (Lizzie McDougall)
La Tortilla Asesina
19:00-19.45 Into The Woods (Tales from Finland with Markus Luukkonen)
20:00-21:30 International Wonder Tales & Tunes (Carol Scorer, Dan Serridge, Dougie Mackay, Sergio Zavayeta, Omar Bin Afif, George Macpherson)
9.45-11:30 Woodland Roots Music session and dance up!
£8 for full eve programme
Concession available on request
1-3.30pm @ The Sheiling Project
Gaelic in the landscape & Outdoor Story session
Check the program here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1115649585194342/
Bring your friends, bring your granny, bring a tune, tale or listening ear.
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