Again we announce the NEXT Asian storytelling delegation, this time building TWO “bridges” of storytelling: China AND Korea! Of course, building upon our past journeys, this will be our seventh cultural exchange to China seeing not only the splendor of the famous sights but also the experiencing the universe of stories held in the tiny cultural microcosm, a rural storytelling village of Gengcun. In addition, inspired by Eth-Noh-Tec’s India project (2008) we will journey to Korea to meet and hear traditional Korea storytellers and be introduced to the many story-based performing art forms of music, dance, and theater.
Our Journey to a Chinese Storytelling Village
Following our sightseeing in Beijing, we will be visiting the traditional storytelling village of Gengcun. This is the center, this is the heart of our tour.
There, a plethora of tales and myths will meet us amidst a tradition so grand, that the researchers have deemed this rural farm community…“An Ocean of Stories.” This year we will be participating in their annual Geng Festival that lasts several days. Music, dancing, special foods and storytelling will celebrate the founder of the village—General Geng, the step-father of an Emperor.
What is the Gengcun Storytelling Village?
We will be welcomed by this story-loving village, home to over 134 storytellers capable of recounting age old yarns, legends, personal histories, folk tales and myths drawn from the communities’ centuries old legacy of listening and telling. This ancient village was once along a major merchant trade route and within the walls of many a tavern and inn. Along its alleys and rest stops at the watering holes, the Chinese storytelling traditions were fostered, nurtured, and preserved as these farmers, goat shepherds, and brick factory workers maintained its rich narrative heritage.
Telling Between Two Worlds East and West
The master tellers of Gengcun are well-versed in over 500 stories, mid-level tellers may know 200-300 stories, and yes, even the children tell stories! Eth-Noh-Tec brought tellers of all levels with them as these Chinese storytellers invited their Western visitors into their homes and in their “Hall of Stories” to not only share their Chinese lore, but listen to stories from other parts of the world. Children peak in, listen, some tell, and then scoot out with giggles.
KOREA! Meet the Storytellers & Artists of Story-based Arts
Still in the planning stages we are currently building our community connections with storytellers, educators, and story-based performing artists in the cities of Kangwon, Seoul, and Chunchon. We are planning a series of story swaps in community sittings, people’s homes, schools and churches. In addition we will explore the rich heritage of Korea through it’s historic sites, the stories, legends and lore connected with their thousands of years old history. We are also planning “hands on” workshops in music, masked dance and theater, puppetry and other art forms.
This delegation will be hosted by the Nu Wa Team: Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo of Eth-Noh-Tec (San Francisco) China Journey 2014 will be the sixth visit to the village lead by Eth-Noh-Tec. Previous delegations took place in 2002, 2006, 2007,2010, 2011, 2014.
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