12.12.2019

FEST > Summer Course: What Are You Talking About - Oral Storytelling in Contemporary Society (Germany)

FEST (Federation for European Storytelling) and Berlin University of the Arts have opened applications for a summer course, ‘What Are You Talking About – Oral Storytelling in Contemporary Society’, running 1-5 May 2020 at Berlin Career College.

In the course, oral storytellers are invited to explore their repertoire of traditional folktales with a focus on racism, gender and hetero-normativity. Through hands-on exercises, the workshop supports the development of narrative and performing strategies to creatively overcome ethical problems.

As a practical-theoretical course, What are you talking about? is aimed at raising awareness and solving the ethical problems which cultural appropriation and the imagery of traditional folktales often present to contemporary sensibilities. The organisers invite professional oral storytellers to embark on a shared journey in which, as a starting point, they will be looking at their positioning and cultural background. From there, they will look into their repertoires, then analyse and work with particular stories they are telling. Through guided exploration and hands-on exercises from storytelling and theatre practice, the work aims to develop narrative and performing strategies to creatively overcome ethical problems.

FEST will offer the first 10 selected Young Storytellers a grant refunding travel and accommodation (max €60 per night). Residents of Czech Republic, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, North Macedonia, Turkey are also eligible for a 50% refund on the course fee of €200.

The course is open to professional, oral storytellers up to 33 years of age, with priority for applicants under the age of 29. A minimum of three years experience in telling stories is required.

Deadline: 1 March 2020

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