The British Council is delighted to present The Art of Storytelling India tour starting 4 February 2016 . The programme aims to showcase UK’s ingenuity and creativity in the area of storytelling to young learners and cultural enthusiasts.
Rob Lynes, Director, British Council India says, “It is our endeavour to promote art forms and share this expertise with India and showcase the contemporary style of storytelling. This vibrant art form has its roots in India dating back to centuries and is indeed a great tool to bridge the knowledge gap, promote learning and knowledge outside the classroom via various art forms.”
British Council has been promoting the ancient, yet revived, art of storytelling in India since 2011 as part of Kathakar – the International Storytellers Festival. Storytelling, an ancient art form that was present in most parts of the world having a tremendous hold and reach in India, underwent a revival in the 80s in the UK. Today, storytelling is used not only in schools but also in galleries, museums, theatres and on radio for both children and adult audiences in the UK.
This is another step by British Council towards its commitment to enhance and further strengthen cultural relations between India and United Kingdom. Over the last three years British Council has hosted Vergine Gulbenkian, Dominic Kelly, Xanthe Gresham, Joanne Blake, storytellers from UK to share experience and tell stories at the festival and through our various centres across the country.
About the performers
Emily’s work is often described as intelligently composed and beautifully performed, while her storytelling style is said to be warm, captivating, bold and witty, delighting audiences of all ages.
Recent performances include a tour of India with the British Council, the Royal Opera House, the Viking Ship Museum in Denmark, Soho Theatre, Richmix and Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival.
His storytelling is rooted in the oral tradition: The craft of a speaker weaving language and gesture to entrance an audience and bring a tale to life.
Tim Ralphs gained much acclaim at “The Young Storyteller of the Year” competition in 2007, and was a British Award for Storytelling Excellence winner in 2012. He has performed everywhere from majestic Teutonic castle at Alden Biesen in Belgium, to the muddy Shropshire fields of The Festival at the Edge, to the sophisticated theatres of Soho and The Barbican. His audiences find him equally captivating whether they are partaking of some cake in a cafe, sitting spellbound around a fire in the woods, or dancing furiously while he lays down his words over a frenzy of experimental rock.
Giles was awarded the solo commission (adult) for Edge 2007, for which he composed a new telling of the Irish epic “Deirdre”. He continues to perform in clubs all over England.
Giles was resident storyteller at the Chelsea Community Hospital Schools from 2005-12 and works every week in primary and secondary schools, mostly, but not exclusively, in London. In 2007 he was awarded a British Telecom “Speaking & Listening” Award for a project undertaken for Dubasha Foundation, using storytelling as a mechanism by which children of 3rd generation Guajarati descent were enabled to dramatically increase their confidence, pride and attainment in their bilingual ability.
India programme Schedule
|Emily Hennessey||Workshop: 13 and 14 February at British Council, Mumbai
Performance : 15 February at Kalaghoda festival, Mumbai
|Performance: 5, 6 and 7 February at Indira Gandhi national centre for Arts (IGNCA)||Performance and Workshop: 9 February at The British Library, Ahmedabad||Performance and : 11 February at British Library Pune
Workshop: 12 February at The British Library, Pune
|Tim Ralphs||Performance : 5 and 6 February at Kathakar festival, at IGNCA, New Delhi||Performance : 9 Feb at British Council , Chennai
Workshop : 10 Feb , at British Council , Chennai.
|Performance : 11 Feb , at the British Library , Bangalore
Workshop : 12 Feb ,at the British Library
|Performance : 7 Feb at The British Library , Hyderabad
Workshop : 8 Feb at The British Library Hyderabad
|Giles Abbott||Workshop : 3 Feb at British Council , Kolkata Performance : 4 Feb at Kolkata Book fair||Performance : 6 and 7 Feb at Kathakar festival , IGNCA
Workshop : 8 Feb , at British Council , New Delhi
|Performance and Workshop : 10 and 11 Feb at British Council , Chandigarh|
India tour details:
Giles Abbott in: Delhi, Chandigarh, Kolkata
Tim Ralphs in: Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad
Emily Hennessey in: Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Pune
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