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“Tell it! Move it!” Eth-Noh-Tec Workshop Teaches Storytelling From Head to Toe… and Whole Lot More!

Often times our audiences ask “How does Eth-Noh-Tec create their stories? Why do they appear so seamless? How do they make every word and movement seems so intentional…” This week Eth-Noh-Tec answered these questions by working with several storytellers from Stagebridge, a local multi-Arts, intergenerational performing arts non-profit. The workshop was titled “Tell it! Move it!”, and it explored the use of the entire body as a tool for storytelling.

“We’re projecting holograms”

Robert tells the workshop attendees “We are creating illusions using our words, imagery and gesture in a way so that the images are projected into the listeners’ imagination. One thing that helps evoke the realism of the imagery (and therefore the story) is the power of the tellers’ “focus”.

“Focus and concentration”

…is the first concept in this workshop. “As storytellers, we must be able to use every bit of energy, from head to toe. This will draw the listener into the clarity of the story’s illusion (or hologram)” says Nancy Wang, the choreographer for the tandem telling team. Shown here are the participants projecting their total body and mind’s awareness into a focused countenance, much like the light emitted from a search beam.

“Make a shape!

Bodies make shapes… shapes make pictures…and pictures help tell a story. Our approach to storytelling engages full body gestures. In taking participants through this process they begin to include “visual” approaches to storytelling. Once they are comfortable using their arms, legs, spines, elbows and chins to make shapes, we take it to the next stage: movement.

“Punching! Pressing! Slashing! Wringing!”

These phrases are inspired by the choreographers, Laban and Carpenter, in what they categorized as the “Eight Qualities of Movement”. Eth-Noh-Tec refers to this system to convey different ways to inspire movement, vocal textures for developing characters, and even psychological moods in their stories. Now the groups starts shaking things up! For three full hours we explored vocal improvisations, facial gesturing, group storytelling and finally, after putting all of this into their creative minds, the workshop culminated into a mini-storytelling demonstration.

Are you curious for more? Interested in the “Tell it! Move it!” Workshop?

These creative, kinetic and energetic approaches to performance can be applied to many artforms. Whether you are a storyteller, a dancer, poet, monologuist, and drama specialist or performing arts instructor contact Eth-Noh-Tec and ask them conduct a group workshop for your organization. We are also gathering names of individuals interested in forming a group storytelling class in the Fall-Winter period. For more information contact us and get your name on the “Yes, I’m interested” List.

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Philippines / Singapore Tour

Eth-Noh-Tec Tours Philippines and Singapore This August & September

Manila International Story Telling Festival

Manila Storytellers Showcase

Friday, August 28, 4:30pm & 7:00pm
AIM-Acceed SGV Hall, Makati

Saturday, August 29, 4:30pm & 7:00pm
De La Salle Zobel – Debbie Decena Auditorium, Alabang

250 Pesos adults / 150 Pesos children (5-12 years)

“Cherished fables and legendary tales come alive at the Showcase! Renowned international storytellers such as Randel McGee(US), Bobby Norfolk (US), Sherry Norfolk (US), and Eth-Noh-Tec (US) together with their Filipino counterparts, Melody Remorca and JK Anicoche, will present a variety of intriguing and delightful stories.”

Eth-Noh-Tec is also proud to present the workshops “Using Asian Music, Mask, and Myth in the Classroom” and “Tell it! Move it!: Adding Fun and Movements to Your Storytelling.” View the MISF website for more details.

Singapore International Story Telling Festival

Eth-Noh-Tec will be featured as Storyteller-in-Residence at SISF from 8/31 to 9/12 with performances and workshops including:

SAFRA International Storytelling Conference

Saturday, September 5, 2:30pm – 4:00pm
SAFRA Toa Payoh, Multi-Purpose Hall

$12.80 Member / $19.25 Guest (adults / children 6-12 years)

Ticketing with the SAFRA

“Experience the fascinating art of telling stories with six of the best storytellers of the world, from four different countries, surrounded by fabulous music, song and rhythmic movements. Witness the ancient art of oral storytelling being brought to life through different narratives. Come hear storytelling at its most magical.”

Starring: Eth-Noh-Tec, Roger Jenkins, Randel McGee, Bobby Norfolk, Valentina Ortiz & Marien Tillet

Asian Congress of Storytellers

Friday, September 11, 8:45am – 5:00pm
Saturday, September 12, 8:45am – 5:00pm
The Salon, Level 1, National Museum

“A meeting of professional storytellers that nurtures and empowers through keynote addresses, workshops and performances that offer in-depth involvement in diverse areas of storytelling. Teachers, librarians, professionals, parents and aspiring storytellers will have the opportunity to share the insights of the storytelling experts coming to our shores.”

Eth-Noh-Tec is proud to present the workshops “Green Grows the Story” and ”Moving Communities through Storytelling.” View details and fees at the Asian Congress of Storytellers web page.

International Storytellers Showcase, Singapore

Friday, September 11, 7:30pm – 9:30pm SOLD OUT!
Saturday, September 12, 7:30pm – 9:30pm Limited seats left!
Gallery Theatre, National Museum

$25 adults / $18 children (6-12 years)

Ticketing with the Arts House.

View the SISF website for more details.

“The International Storytellers Showcase returns for yet another highly-anticipated season. You can look forward to a delightful 2-hour performance where renowned international storytellers bring to you a rich repertoire of folktales, myths and legends in intriguing styles that are representative of their home countries. In intimate settings of the Gallery Theatre you will feel the sense of every nuance; and hear every inflection of the storytellers as they cast their spells on you.

Starring: Eth-Noh-Tec, Anna Jarrett, Ruth Kirkpatrick, Randel McGee, Bobby Norfolk, Sherry Norfolk, Valentina Ortiz & Marien Tillet”

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Talk Story Conference in Hawai’i

Join Us in Paradise
for Five Days of Storytelling Bliss

July 16-20, 2009


Eth-Noh-Tec joins the likes of Bobby Norfolk, Margaret Read MacDonald, Jim May, and Diane Ferlatte in celebration of story. Take part in workshops, concerts, and story swaps with tellers from Hawai’i, the Pacific Rim, and ‘Mainland’ America. Enjoy the gorgeous setting of the Queen Kapi’olani Hotel, just steps away from Waikiki Beach, and immerse yourself in story!

Eth-Noh-Tec Highlights:

  • 7/17, 8:30pm – ‘Show & Tell’ of Nu Wa story tours to China, Singapore, and India.
  • 7/18, 2:00pm – Storytelling: Transformational Tool – Nancy Wang (Eth-Noh-Tec)
  • 7/19, 2:00pm – In Your Face – Facials with Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo (Eth-Noh-Tec), Bobby Norfolk, Jeff Gere
  • 7/19, 4:30pm – Public Concert: ($12 Adults, $5 children) Diane Ferlatte, Jim May, Bobby Norfolk, Anne Glover, Margaret Read MacDonald, and Eth-Noh-Tec
  • 7/20, 4:30pm – Public Concert: ($12 Adults, $5 children) Diane Ferlatte, Jim May, Bobby Norfolk, Anne Glover, Margaret Read MacDonald, and Eth-Noh-Tec

More details at

Filed as: Performances, Storytelling Workshops