So, if I may be permitted to brag for a moment: I organized the Ottawa Storytelling Festival last month and it rocked!
I still can’t think objectively about it enough to write anything useful, but I was pretty proud of the whole shebang. It was a real goal of mine to make the Festival unusual and different, so I was incredibly happy when Tim Tingle, one of our featured storytellers, wrote us a letter after the Festival and said the following:
“I will always remember the energy, the exhilarating, palpable energy filling the theater space; maybe it was the faces full of joy, the excitement that an audience feels when they realize they are present at something ground-breaking and remarkable. In the art world, certain musical stages, painting exhibits, and plays, send out this message. But in my three decades of performing and witnessing the best storytelling in the western world, I have never felt this sense of newness, of shaking the foundation to the core of what we consider to be ‘storytelling.'”
And now, here are some pictures, taken by the fantastic Colin Henein:
Ivan Coyote and Rae Spoon perform You Are Here
Tim Tingle performs Rolling Way the Rock – an incredibly moving story about the youngest inmate ever to be incarcerated at Alcatraz.
Hosting Vernacular Spectacular!
Ben Haggarty and amazing musician Sianed Jones (seriously, her vocal range blew me away) perform Frankenstein