Taming the Intangible Tale

Developing Empathy and Dialogues through Pedagogies and Practices in Arts Education

Storytelling artist educator Kamini Ramachandran's session for UNESCO -NIE CARE

Date: 5 Mar 2015


Location: The Living Room
The Arts House
No:1 Old Parliament Lane

Registration required http://goo.gl/BHlM9H


Developing Empathy and Dialogues through Pedagogies and Practices in Arts Education is a series of informal discussions that aim to discuss and investigate teaching methods and strategies in arts education which draw out dialogue in learning about empathy.

Taming the Intangible Tale

Stories from the oral narrative tradition are timeless and universal. They have stood the test of time and morphed and adapted along the way. In today’s world without traditional storytellers as examples of the art form, how do you teach performance storytelling to emerging artists? How do you facilitate full embodiment of the content, the story? Kamini discusses her techniques used in the storytelling studio for creating empathy for tales we do not know of and have not heard of before. She will also talk about the non-verbal dialogue that occurs between storyteller and listener. This session is a peek into a storyteller’s journey harnessing empathy and dialogue as tools for artistic development.

About the Speaker:

Kamini Ramachandran has played an instrumental role in the revival of storytelling in Singapore and around the world. She grew up with a storyteller grandfather and is one of few contemporary storytellers who experienced a master-and-apprentice process of inheriting her repertoire of tales. MoonShadow Stories, Singapore’s first storytelling entity focusing on adult audiences and performance storytelling was founded in 2004 with the aim of promoting the lost art of the oral narrative.

She has taught her course The Storytelling Intensive to performing arts students at LASALLE College of the Arts for the last four years. She exposes students to the intangible art form of storytelling, guides them through the technical skills process for expression and delivery of story and trains them in producing a public performance to real live audiences, where they are assessed. Her course, with a strong focus on Asian oral content, is the only kind taught at an institution of higher arts education.

A founding member and past-President (2008 – 2012) and current Vice President (2012 – present) of the Storytelling Association (Singapore), she is also Artistic Director for the Singapore International Storytelling Festival. A Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, she is an associate member of the National Society for Education in Art & Design, Museum Education Roundtable and International Society for Education through Art. MoonShadow Stories has produced World Storytelling Day in Singapore since 2005.


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