Storytelling Festival

Don’t you love attending an event that stirs your imagination, evokes deep laughter and perhaps tears? Welcome to storytelling, an art form that fills your mind, body and heart. A good storyteller can weave you through the spectrum of emotion and create an image that returns months and years later; a line, metaphor, or moral that sticks with us – an intellectual anchor that we can draw upon. Being engaged with a fine storyteller is a work out for the soul; a bright mode of communication and connection in this quick throw away society. SOMOS has created an annual event that provides just this kind of outlet and opportunity. Taos Storytelling Festival 2016 is scheduled for October 7 and 8. Tune in later for details!


The 2015 Taos Storytelling Festival took place Friday & Saturday, October 23- 24. Here is information.

Featured tellers are:

A native of Japan, Kuniko Yamamoto received her Bachelor of Psychology from Otani University of Kyoto, Japan in 1983. Started performing professionally in her hometown of Osaka where she grew up studying traditional dance, music and theater. She has received national exposure performing Japanese Storytelling at the Silk Road International Exposition and on Kansai National TV in 1985. The following year Kuniko traveled to the United States to study with Tony Montanaro, highly respected mime and actor. Then three years after began touring with Leland Faulkner Light Theater where she helped present lavish stage illusions and brought ancient tales to life with shadows and magic.

In 1992, Kuniko left the Faulkner Light Theater troupe to move to Florida. Married to Jon LeClair, a world-renowned magician whose books appear in magic shops worldwide has been helping her add subtle magic and mystery to her very special act. Kuniko has performed in venues such as The Kennedy Center (Washington DC), International Children’s Festival in Canada, National Storytelling Festival, and LA Music Center /Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, to name just a few.


Sarah Malone began storytelling as a parent volunteer many years ago, believing that children benefit not only from listening to stories but also from their relationship with the storyteller. Combine Sarah's love of children with her experience as a child therapist and storyteller and listeners - young and old alike - can expect a delightful story listening experience.Sarah's devotion to peacemaking resulted in the Peace Tales Project, which contributed to peaceful solutions in the world by sharing peace stories with children and adults and donating the proceeds to charities that also wage peace. As current President of Storytellers of New Mexico, Sarah is actively involved in promoting storytelling in her home state and beyond.


Francisco “Cisco” Guevara, a local favorite who has performed in several past festivals, will also grace the TCA stage. He guides white water 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.”





Liz Mangual and Bob Kanegis, The Tales & Trails Storytellers have Story Fever- an incurable passion for listening to and telling stories. They perform, teach and coach people of all ages to find, craft and tell the stories that matter most to them. In performance their signature style of participatory storytelling makes everyone feel welcome and included. As teachers and coaches they like to say that they practice the “Art of Encouragement.” Drawing stories from world folklore and personal experience they share tales that capture the whole range of human experience, from the wise to the foolish and from the sublime to the ridiculous. They travel nationwide, offering school residencies, family storytelling workshops and community building events they call F.E.A.S.T! - Families Eating and Storytelling Together. Their home in Corrales, New Mexico where you can find them gardening and enjoying Rambleyaks together. What's a Rambleyak? That’s taking long walks and talking story!


Schedule of Events:

Friday, Oct. 23

10 -12 AM at Taos Public Library: Bringing Stories to Life! A Storytelling workshop for kids grades 3-6th, You can tell a story with enthusiasm, energy and confidence! Come play and learn! Story coaches Bob Kanegis and Liz Mangual will teach how to work with language, voice , gesture and movement to bring a story from the page to the stage. Great for teachers too! Free.

7 pm at Taos Mesa Brewing: Story Slam hosted by James Navé, one of the pioneers of the spoken word movement, and director of The Taos Poetry Festival. $10 admission.

Saturday Oct. 24

10 AM - "Children’s Stories" featuring Kunko Yamamoto, Liz Mangual and Bob Kanegis at the Taos Community Auditorium (TCA). Free.

12 PM - "Telling Stories with Origami" workshop led by Yamamoto at the TCA. $10.

2:30 PM - Story Swap organized by Storytellers of New Mexico at TCA. Free.

7:00 PM - Storytelling Festival featuring Kuniko Yamamoto, Cisco Guevara and Sarah Malone at the TCA. $15 admission, $10 for ages 12 and under.

Call 758-0081 for more information.