Greetings from Argentina! I am touring with DreamOn in beautiful Buenos Aires! I've had a great week, and I've got one more to go. After that, I head off to Delaware to do all of the libraries in the state. My summer is going to be busy, and fun, but there will not be loads of time to write. So, I have asked a number of excellent storytellers and authors to do some guest blogging for me. Here are the first three entries.
June 5th, 2014 - Antonio Rocha - Transitions in Eloquence: Exploiting the Power of the Pause
Antonio is one of my favorite storytellers. He is an internationally known artist who will blow your mind as you watch him transform himself and everything around him with the exquisite magic of his body. Antonio employs mime and body illusions to create stories in a fascinating way. He is a master of physical performance.
Here he is doing a story entitled Chicken and Crocodile.
Antonio is a native Brazilian who came to the United States to study with Tony Montanaro in 1998. He knows a thing or two about holding an audience in the palm of his hand. He's written a practicum about the power of pauses both physically and vocally, and how to make them work for you.
June 12, 2014 Sara deBeer - Storytelling: Ancient Mind Melding
I met Sara two years ago at a showcase in Connecticut. She has been doing this work since 1978, and she has gotten very good at it! I am impressed with her storytelling knowledge and ethic. She works with audiences of all ages.
Ancient Mind Melding touches on the power of using storytelling in the classroom. This is an excellent piece for anyone who might need to discuss why storytelling is a useful tool in the classroom, how it enhances multiple learning strategies, and the importance of creating strong partnerships between educators and visiting artists. A good read.
June 19, 2014 - Antonio Sacre Can I hit my child with a Chancla to get him off the playground? How parents can use stories to make difficult transitions slightly better.
What on earth do you say about Antonio Sacre? I've known him for a long, long time. He has his own style, his own way, and, like one of my little brothers, he is always doing something! He is an entertaining, international performer and author who never seems to slow down. Here he is telling one of his most well known stories which is also a book.
The Barking Mouse
Antonio shares both a fun tug of war he has with his son on the playground, and an activity any parent can use to make the trip home more of a game than a pain. What could be better than strengthening the child parent bond, building your child's vocabulary, increasing your tot's verbal skills, and having them come with you willingly in one fell swoop? Nothing. Antonio's post will leave you smiling.
So, that's the first three articles! There will be more over the course of the summer. I'll let you know what they'll be and when they'll be!