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"Weaving Baskets of Knowledge" Conference 2019

SET 6 Saturday June 8th Sessions 180 minutes 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

SET 6 Saturday June 8th Sessions 180 minutes 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

Set 6 workshops are 180 minutes plus one refreshment break (10:30 -11:00am).

6a. Being a Storyteller for Our Own Community: Intrinsic Educational Intentions
with Judith Poirier
Saturday June 8th, 9am to 12:30pm  (English and French)

The purpose of this workshop is to explore how the “pedagogy of the situation” can inspire storytellers in the educational role they have intrinsically within the communities they are from or committed to. Judith will share her own experiences and participants will be invited in a reflexive process about their own strategies of collecting and sharing stories in their communities; strategies guided by their intentions.

Participants: all levels

About Judith Poirier

Judith Poirier’s tales offer delight and wisdom, with a little twist of singularity and a lot of bonhomie. For more then 20 years, her quest for stories has brought her to the oral traditions of French Canada and to those from the four corners of the world. She melts those traditional tales with stories taken from the wrought iron of the Montréal flats her family and her have lived in. Her productions, including World, where Am I? (also know as Dodgeball, Jukebox and other Existential Questions) and A Streetcar Named Stories (for which she had the support of the Canada Council for the Arts), have charmed the public in many storytelling festivals, both in Quebec and in many major Canadian cities. Judith is also recognized for the support she brings to the practice of storytelling in the social work field. She was the co-founder and godmother of the Storytellers’ Circle of Montreal (1998-2011), host by a community center, and is, since 1998, a "storyteller in residence" at the Fédération québécoise des organismes communautaires Famille (a fédération of over 200 Family Resource Centres in Québec). Judith Poirier tells in French and English, for the very little ones and for those who have blown 99 candles and more! Judith is featured in the artists’ directory of the Arts in School Program of the Québec’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education.


6b. Weaving a Tapestry of Music and Story

with Angelica Ottewill and Betty Bennett
Saturday June 8th, 9am to 12:30pm (English)

Using a reader’s theatre format, this workshop will focus on incorporating music, both instrumental and vocal, into folktales from different cultures. Workshop facilitators will demonstrate and share techniques for using melody, simple percussion and rhythm to add an extra dimension to stories suitable for all ages.

Participants: all levels



About Angelica Ottewill, MusBac., U. of T. A.R.C.T. BEd.
Angelica Ottewill is a classically trained musician as well as a storyteller. She has worked extensively with children, both as a teacher and as a performer, and as former president of the Ontario Folk Harp Society she has given numerous workshops on storytelling with the harp.



About Betty Bennett, Librarian/Storyteller
Betty Bennett tells at schools, libraries and seniors’ groups throughout the Peterborough area, as well as telling at concerts in Ottawa, Brockville and Burlington. She has offered workshops on storytelling in Peterborough and in Ottawa.

6c. Dorothea Viehmann: The Storyteller behind the Brothers Grimm
with Ruth Danziger

Saturday June 8th, 9am to 12:30pm (English)


This will be exploration into the life and stories of Dorothea Viehmann, an oral teller who contributed over 40 stories to the Grimm Brothers collection of folk and fairy tales. Daughter of Innkeepers, mother of seven, she is said to have had a deep sense of the value of storytelling and of her role as a teller. This workshop will include stories of her life, her times and her connection to the Grimms brothers, as well as several of the folktales she told. There will be an opportunity to discuss and embody the tales to discover Dorothea’s interests, influences, who she might have been and her message to us as storytellers today.

Participants: all levels



About Ruth Danziger
Ruth Danziger is a Toronto based storyteller, workshop facilitator and multidisciplinary artist who has edited two collections of stories, Grandmother Spider and I Bring You a Story. She is a frequent teller at the Toronto Storytelling Festival, regularly hosts the StoryTent for Storytelling Toronto and has told in venues that include Harbourfront, Word on the Street, Village of Storytellers Projects, Afrofest, the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program, Spiral Garden, Bloorview Hospital and the Mosaic Festival.




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