Storytelling

 

Taos Storytelling Festival 

Make your plans now to attend the 17th annual Taos Storytelling Festival, October 7-8, 2016 in beautiful downtown Taos. Our theme this year is Humor. Our featured storytellers this year include New York-based storyteller and humanitarian Laura Simms, Taos' treasured storyteller Cisco Guevara, myth maker, movement artist, and storyteller Elaine Muray, along with ten of Taos’ finest tellers competing in a StorySLAM with the theme of Participation.

Tickets are available at the door,  many events are free, see schedule below. Email Festival Director James Navé for more information or call/text him at 1-919-949-2113.

Founded seventeen years ago, The Taos Storytelling Festival has grown into one of the most exciting, sweetest, thought-provoking storytelling festivals in America.

It's exciting because storytelling inspires a spectrum of emotions which will make you laugh, smile, cry, chuckle, wonder, question, listen, and engage.

It's sweet because when you gather with storytellers and those who love stories a bright mode of light-hearted communication emerges, generous, open and curious.

It's thought-provoking because the stories you'll hear will give you intellectual anchors like images, metaphors, lines, narratives, jokes, and wisdom which will inform your thinking for years to come.

Join our happy band of storytellers at SOMOS' 17th annual Taos Storytelling Festival, October 7-8, 2016. Spread the word. Invite your neighbors. Join us and tell a story at the open mic. Make new friends. Connect with old friends. Be part of a tradition that's been going on since the beginning of time. Thank you for your support.

Tickets are available at the door, many events are free, see schedule below. Email Festival Director James Navé for more information or call/text him at 1-919-949-2113.

 

The 2016 Taos Storytelling Festival Featured tellers are:

 

LAURA SIMMS

Laura Simms is an award-winning performer, writer, and educator advocating storytelling as compassionate action for personal and community transformation. She performs worldwide combining ancient myth and true life story for adult and family audiences. She is the Artistic Director of the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center in NY and the founder of The Center for Engaged Storytelling (new). She has been a Senior Research Fellow for the International Peace Institute at Rutgers University-Newark under the auspices of UNESCO. As a spokesperson for storytelling, she presents keynotes and workshops in conferences, villages, schools, universities and community events. She is a member of the Therapeutic Arts Alliance of Manhattan, and a senior teacher of Shambhala Buddhist meditation. Laura received the Brimstone Award for Engaged Storytelling, CHOICE award for best story collection and Sesame Street’s SUNNY DAYS award for work with children worldwide. In 2011 she received a Life Time Achievement Award from the National Storytelling Network. She is co-faculty with Terry Tempest Williams’ at the University of Utah, consults with ETSU’s CANCER STORIES project, and is spoken word consultant for Foundations, NGOS working in post disaster and conflicts. She recently appeared at the Newark Peace Summit and the Conference on World Peace and Values in Monterrey, Mexico. Her Most recent book is OUR SECRET TERRITORY: The Essence of Storytelling (Sentient Publications, June 2011). She is completing a new work: THE SANCTUARY OF A STORY (TBA). Laura is the mother of best-selling author Ishmael Beah.

 

ELAINE MURAY 

Elaine Muray integrates movement and narration to deliver tales from around the world as well as personal stories. She has performed at the Australian Storytelling Festival, Northlands Storytelling Conference, Jemez Storytelling Festival and in 2008 was chosen by her peers to represent her then Pacific Region of 5 states at the National Storytelling Conference All Regions Concert. Elaine has over 15 years of marketing and sales experience and 10 years in ESL instruction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CISCO GUEVARA

Francisco “Cisco” Guevara, a local favorite who has performed in several festivals, will also grace the TCA stage. He guides whitewater raft trips on the Rio Grande and regales his adventurous passengers with stories of the wild. Cisco is a multi-generational New Mexican who came to Taos, he says, on the day he was born. His stories draw on his Hispanic and Indian heritage and are “outrageous, but true.”

 

Festival Director JAMES NAVÉ

James Navé is one of the pioneers of the spoken word movement. He cofounded Poetry Alive!, a theater company which has performed poetry for over 10 million K–12 students around the globe. With Julia Cameron, he co-Founded and directed The Artist’s Way Creativity Camp which toured North America, For 25 years he has taught writing, performance, and creativity on 5 continents; he has designed and facilitated executive creativity sessions for clients such as Timex, Pepsi, the National University of Ireland Galway, North Carolina Outward Bound, Gettliffe Architecture, Create to Heal, and LKB Associates, Paris.

An Asheville native, Navé holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College Fine Arts. He has been the LEAF Poetry Slam Master since the festival began in 1995. He is the Director of the Taos Storytelling Festival and the Director of the Taos Poetry Festival. He is also co-Founder of Twice-5-Miles, a creative think tank.

Navé was interviewed by Jacki Lyden for NPR’s Weekend Edition in 2011 where he told the story of how he confronted his big mento mori ("remember your mortality") moment the best way he knew how — vowing to write a poem a day for the hundred days following his cancer surgery. He is also the host and producer of Twice-5-Miles Radio for Asheville’s WPVM 103.7, going the metaphorical Twice-5-Miles to find stories and create conversations about culture, art, education, business, politics, and literature. 

SCHEDULE 

You can buy tickets as the door to all events except the Saturday night show at The Taos Community Auditorium (TCA). Call the TCA to reserve your ticket (575) 758-2052. Email Festival Director James Navé for more information or call/text him at 1-919-949-2113.. FREE events are noted on the schedule below.

All public events will take place at the SOMOS SALON: 108-B Civic Plaza Drive, Taos, NM except for the Saturday, October 8 evening show with will be at The Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016

Special storytelling event for students and teachers. TAOS MIDDLE SCHOOL

Friday: 1:00-3:00 PM

Storyteller Elaine Muray visits Taos Middle School where she’ll present two storytelling programs. The students will experience Elaine’s distinctive highly physical storytelling style which incorporates the use of cloth, masks, movement, and magic in her work. Elaine will show the students how, they too, can make magic out of the stories of their lives.

Friday: 3:30-5:30 PM

SOMOS StorySWAP hosted by Bob Kanegis. Have a story to tell? The SOMOS STORY SWAP is the perfect place to test drive your story. Sign up is at 3:30 PM. STORY SWAP begins at 3:45 PM. The time limit is 6 minutes per storyteller. All styles are welcome.
SOMOS SALON: 108-B Civic Plaza Drive, Taos / ADMISSION FREE

Friday: 7:00-9:30 PM

SOMOS INVITATIONAL StorySLAM hosted by James Navé. This invitational StorySLAM which will feature ten outstanding storytellers vying for a chance to compete on the TCA main stage for the StorySLAM Grand Champion on Saturday night. The theme is Humor. Who will win? Come, find out. SOMOS SALON: 108-B Civic Plaza Drive, Taos / ADMISSION Somos members: 8 / non-members 10 / Students 18 and under FREE.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2016

Saturday: 10:00-12:00 PM

YOUTH STORYTELLING SHOW Movement, Myth, and Stories, with master storyteller ELAINE MURAY. In this show, free for youth, Elaine will blend her distinctive, highly physical storytelling style which with the use of cloth, masks, movement, and storytelling magic. SOMOS SALON: 108-B Civic Plaza Drive, Taos / ADMISSION FREESOMOS SALON:  

 Saturday: 12:45-3:15 PM

ADULT STORYTELLING WORKSHOP:, "Transforming Monsters," facilitated by our main feature storyteller, writer, humanitarian, Laura Simms. In this workshop, you will construct a compelling story about how transformation takes place. Using a traditional tale as a template, and mindfulness practices that uncover presence, you will create an imaginative personal story. The workshop combines story listening, creative writing, dialogue and dyads, with contemplative exercises, and discussion. SOMOS SALON: 108-B Civic Plaza Drive, Taos / ADMISSION $25 SOMOS MEMBERS / $35 NON-MEMBERS.

To register for the Adult Storytelling Workshop with Laura Simms now, click the Paypal "Buy Now" button at the bottom of the page.

 

Saturday: 3:30-5:00 PM

SOMOS StorySWAP hosted by Bob Kanegis. Have a story to tell? The SOMOS STORY SWAP is the perfect place to test drive your story. Sign up is at 3:30 PM. STORY SWAP begins at 3:45 PM. The time limit is 6 minutes per storyteller. All styles are welcome.SOMOS SALON: 108-B Civic Plaza Drive, Taos / ADMISSION FREE

 

Saturday: 7:00-10:00 PM

TAOS STORYTELLING BIG STAGE SHOW featuring our local favorite Cisco Guevara, three lively StorySLAM poets competing to determine the Taos StorySLAM Grand Champion 2016, and our featured storyteller Laura Simms which the New York Times describes as "Irresistible! A major force in the revival of storytelling in America." Join your host and Festival Director James Navé for this evening of storytelling you won't soon forget. TCA 133 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM 87571 / ADMISSION $20 / VIP after party $35

What’s included in the VIP after party?  One complimentary alcoholic beverage, eats, and an opportunity to socialize with friends and the featured storytellers.

 

Laura Simms Storytelling Workshop