Sunday, September 28, 2008

Hoosier Storytelling Festival

The 21st Annual Hoosier Storytelling Festival will be held 8-11 October in adjacent locations in downtown Indianapolis: Military Park and the Indiana History Center.

Presented by Storytelling Arts of Indiana, it includes these featured storytellers (and more):

Charlotte Blake Alston is a storyteller whose interest in literature, the oral tradition and the arts began in childhood when her father read to her the work of writers and poets. Charlotte breathes life into traditional and contemporary stories from the African and African American oral and cultural traditions.

Brenda Wong Aoki is a storyteller, writer and recording artist of Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Scots descent whose stories blend myth, street lore and real life. Her dramatic performances synthesize Kyogen and Noh (Japanese traditional theater), and modern dance.

Beth Horner is noted as a vivacious talent whose performances captivate audiences with a wide variety of folk, literary, traditional, contemporary and original tales from around the world. (That's her photo; credit Ron Gurule.)

Kevin Kling, best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered delivers hilarious, autobiographical tales that are as tender as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are.

Gene Tagaban is a captivating performer of combined Cherokee, Tlingit and Filipino ancestry. He began dancing at the age of five and grew up listening to and learning the songs, dances and stories of Alaska's Tlingit people.

To buy tickets, click here.

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