We’re almost finished with our creative retreat this month. Hopefully we’ll keep the momentum up and continue creating new works. Last night, took a break from our writing and illustrating and drove down to perform in Seattle at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center. It was an evening of our favorite Asian Ghost Stories. Since it’s been a while since we’ve performed them we rehearsed a bit (mostly rememorizing old scripts) and through it into the Eth-Noh-Tec mix: movement theater, interlocking dialogue and lots of audience participation.

Besides doing some of our standard duet ghosts stories “New Ghost” and “Dirtball” (both Chinese tales) we did a few of our solo stories as well. Nancy performed “Silk Worm”, a Chinese folk tale with several renditions, this one being the darker psychological version of a young woman, a broken promise, the haunting spirit of a betrayed horse and the origin of “silk”. Robert brought out a eerie story from Tibet, “The Talking Corpse”- the tale of a journey to bring back a corpse from the land of the dead. The young protahnist is warned “do not talk to the talking corpse”. Of course since it’s a spooky tale… what do you think he did? We had several members of the audience, first timers to storytelling, quite surprized at the theatrical and artistic quality of the show, “I’d like to come to see more storytelling events”, one admirer confessed.

If any of you are in SF early next month, be sure to come to the Eth-Noh-Tec studio on Nov. 7, at 7pm. We’re launching our Salon! You’re ON! event, now in it’s FIFTH SEASON! Check out the website.

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  1. You are awesome! Your style of interlacing music and movement, drawing the audience into telling the story with you, and your intertwining narration was absolutely engaging. My daughter and I absolutely enjoyed your show at Multnomah County library! And, we wouldn't miss the opportunity to see you up close again! Your work is inspiring!

  2. You are awesome! Your style of interlacing music and movement, drawing the audience into telling the story with you, and your intertwining narration was absolutely engaging. My daughter and I absolutely enjoyed your show at Multnomah County library! And, we wouldn't miss the opportunity to see you up close again! Your work is inspiring!

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