Myths tell us how the world was made and explain the forces that drive the world and ourselves. They are often on a grand and spectacular scale and leave their imprint on the landscape of the world they made and those that tell the stories. They are challenging, deep and long and this workshop will help you really inhabit and convincingly tell these strange, extraordinary and huge stories.
In this workshop we will look at
- naming and summoning - mythical names bring the presence of those named into the listening space.
- deep listening - bringing the audience deeply into the material
- negotiating structure - these stories are big and not always linear and we will look at how to tease out plot lines
- ritual - mythic space is ritual space and we will look at ways of bringing ritual meaningfully into your telling
- parallel materials - using the writing, songs, music and visual art that surround these stories
- varying registers - we want to remain responsive and alive while telling
This workshop draws on my research and performance of mythic material, principally from the Welsh traditions of the Mabinogion as well as directing other performers working on similar material from other cultures. I was the storyteller with India Dance Wales for many years telling the stories of Hindu dieties. I have also worked on projects that use ancient artifacts and their landscape as a starting point for the creation of myths by community groups including the Mantell Project in Denbighshire, a three year Cultural Olympiad project with local schools. I have toured two shows based on Welsh mythology for the production company Adverse Camber.