FIST

Federazione Italiana Storytelling

FEST

FederaTION FOR EUROPEAN

STORYTELLING

RACCONTAMIUNASTORIA

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anno di fondazione 2004

IL MARCHIO DELLO STORYTELLING ITALIANO

Raccontamiunastoria è la prima e più prestigiosa organizzazione italiana operante nell’ambito dello Storytelling performativo in Italia, famosa per la sua eccellenza in tutto il mondo.

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"TALES ON THE ISLAND" THE INTERNATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL in SHARJAH (U.A.E.) 2nd edition 23 February - 17 March 2018 Al Noor Island - SHARJAH (U.A.E.) Al Noor Island hosts the 2nd edition of the International Storytelling Festival "Tales on the Island” in Sharjah. A great multicultural celebration of traditions and the art of storytelling with live performances, workshops and music from all over the world. Al Noor Islan brings you a lineup of some of the best international storytellers to suit every taste. THEME OF THE FESTIVAL: ROOTS and ROADS "Travelling leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller" Ibn Battuta ... let your imagination run wild at tales on the island ...

Main sponsor:  SHUROOQ - Sharjah Investment and Development Authority

fESTIVAL ARTISTS, PROGRAMME and ENTRY RATES

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PAOLA BALBI

(ITALY)

Raccontamiunastoria and The Stortyelling Company Storyteller and artistic director of the project

 

Professional actress and storyteller with 20 years of experience, Paola is the most famous Storytelling artist in Italy and one of the most praised and renowned in the whole of Europe since 2003. She is artistic director of Raccontamiunastoria Storytelling Company, the leading storytelling Company in Italy and of the International Stortyelling Festival of Rome. She has been a founding member of FEST (Federation for European Storytelling), serving on the board for two years. She travels regularly all over the world with her storytelling performances both for adults and children and is considered one the best workshop leader and storytelling trainer of the world of the International Storytelling Revival. She is now taking her art and skills to Dubai, bringing the best of European Storytelling and artists to the middle East and at the same time exploring and experimenting the arabic folklore and story heritage in a view of promoting it in Italy and Europe.

If you ever wondered how listening to Sherazade would have been like, come and let yourself be taken by Paola's words. She speaks Italian and English.

DAVIDE BARDI

(ITALY)

Actor, storyteller and musician

 

Paola's business and stage partner, Davide is a very talented Italian actor and Storyteller. He is the co-artistic director of Raccontamiunastoria. Alongside with being a performer in his own right, Davide is also a musician. He plays guitar, harmonica and several percussions. He accompany his storytelling and other tellers with improvised original live music. He has travelled all over the world with his repertoire of musical stories. Davide has a warm, deep, extremely well trained vice, that made of him also a praised voice over artist in the film and tv industry in Italy. Davide and Paola are famous in the international storytelling scene for telling in tandem the same story under the female and the male point of view. He speaks Italian and English.

MARTINA PISCIALI

(ITALY)

Storyteller and assistant to Paola Balbi

 

Martina is a young talented storyteller and  one of Paola Balbi's most brilliant disciples. She has worked extensively with Raccontamiunastoria for the last five years both as staff  and  artist  at  Storytelling  Festivals.  She  is  founder  of  Storytelling  Torino,  Storytelling Company in the North of Italy. Martina loves to travel and discover stories from different coltures,  but  is  also  very  passionate  about  traditional  heritage  stories  related  to  the landscape  of  her  native  Dolomite  mountains.  She  speaks  Italian  and  German  and English. Martina has already worked both as perfomer and as assistant to the Festival directors in the first edition of the Festival.

MATTIA DI PIERRO

(ITALY)

Storyteller and actor

 

 

Mattia Di Pierro is a young actor and storyteller. In 2014 he started working with Raccontamiunastoria both as staff and artist at Festivals and other events. Born in Basilicata (a region in the south of Italy better known in ancient times as "Magna Grecia") he tells folk stories from his land  and ancient myths of greek tradition. He speaks Italian and  fluent English. Mattia works permanently as a performer and as staff for the International Storytelling Festival organised in Italy by Raccontaiunastoria.

LAMYA TAWFIK

(EGYPT - DUBAI RESIDENT)

Storyteller and translator into arabic

 

Natural storyteller well known in the Dubai scene, Lamya will be telling and translating some stories into arabic. Lamya holds a BA and MA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the American University in Cairo and a Doctorate Degree in Childhood Studies from Ain Shams University in Cairo. She is training as a professional storyteller with Paola Balbi and her performance at “Raccontamiunastoria International Storytelling Festival" in Rome last June has been a great success. Lamya has a passion for children and loves working with them. Her repertoire focus on traditional stories from Egypt and the Middle East and she is committed to travel and let the world know the beauty of the Arabic oral tradition. Lamya, who has a passion for children and loves working with them, is a presenter on Pearl FM, the first radio station in the region dedicated to children and families.

RAIDA GUERMAZI

(TUNISIA)

Storyteller

 

 

Raida is a storyteller, comedian, producer and TV presenter with 23 years of performing experience. She trained as a storyteller with some of the best traditional arabic tellers and in 2017 was awarded the “Best arabic-language Storyteller” award by Sharek Centre in London. Beside being a performer Raida is also a French high-school professor and a writer. She publishes stories both in Arabic and French.

She invited on a regular base both as a performer and as an author to some of the moust prestigious book faires and festivals across the Arab and Francophone worlds. She performs in Classical Arabic, Tunisian Dialect and French.

SHEREEN SAIF

(INDIA - DUBAI BASED)

Storyteller

 

 

Dancer, actress, reasearcher in the field of creative movement, and storyteller, Shereen is specialized in classical indian dance. She studied it for 25 years and is currently  able to perform in three different styles: Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam and Kathak. She studies traditional Indian theater and performing techniques at Natanakairali centre (Kerala, India) and is specializing in Storytelling with a diploma course with the Scottish Storytelling Center and University of Sweden.

JOHN THEODORSSON and ANDERS PEEV - MUSIKTEATER UNNA

(SWEDEN)

Storyteller

 

Musikteater Unna produces stage shows with storytelling and live music. Storyteller Johan Theodorsson and musician Anders Peev formed Musikteater Unna in order to inspire young people to change the world into a better place. Maria Johansdotter is the duo's second production. Their first storytelling show was the eco adventure The heart of the forest. Johan Theodorsson is a dramatic and sensitive storyteller with performances for both children and adults. His material ranges from historical events, folk tales and his own life. He also works with training of educational staff on how to use storytelling as a pedagogic tool in school.

Read more on his website: www.berattare.se

 

Anders Peev is a musician, composer and sound engineer. His instruments are the keyed fiddle and electric guitar. Anders plays with folk music duo Anda and also with musicians like Hakan Vreskala, Maja Heurling and Nina Nordvall Vahlberg. He also writes film music.

Read more on Anders website: www.nanoqrecordings.se

 

GUTO DAFIS

(WALES - UK)

Storyteller and musician

 

Guto Dafis is a singer of songs and teller of tales. His repertoire encompasses songs and tunes, in Welsh, English and sometimes Breton, traditional  and contemporary – a repertoire that has grown out of his own personal and musical landscape. His performances take you on a journey through stories of broken hearts and dysfunctional relationships, and celebrate the beautiful unsatisfactoriness of life, delivered with a combination of deep seriousness and dry humour. Distinctly and distinctively Welsh, there is also something European in his dramatic yet mat ter-of-fact vocal delivery and particular style of  diatonic accordion accompaniment. He performs solo, or with guitarist Daniel KilBride. He is also one of Jon Langford’s Men of Gwent – the South Wales band of Newport-born Chicago resident Jon Langford of The Mekons. Guto performs traditional tales and has featured at the Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival in the Vale of Glamorgan; Festival at the Edge in Shropshire; the Welsh Pavilion at the Festival Interceltique at Lorient, Brittany; Suns Peraulis Musichis des Minorancis, Udine, Italy; Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival, among the others.

PROGRAMME

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1st WEEK-END

23-24 FEBRUARY

 

ARTISTS OF THE WEEK:

Raida Guermazi (Tunisia)

Paola Balbi, Davide Bardi, Martina Pisciali (Italy)

Shereen Saif (India, Dubai based)

Lamya Tawfik (Egypt, Dubai based)

 

 

Friday 23rd of February

 

04:30 p.m. - 06:00 p.m.

Rooted in Stories - Ancient stories represent people roots and identity. Come and listen to an international storytelling performance where each artist will share stories from their background. Unforgettable tales, music and a touch of classical indian dance.

Raida Guermazi (Tunisa), Paola Balbi and Davide Bardi (Italy), Shereen Saif (India, Dubai based)

Language: English and Arabic

Age: all

 

08:00 p.m. - 08.45 p.m.

The Secret of the Storyteller - Festival opening evening  with stories about storytelling, stories and their wisdom.

Perfomed by artists of the week.

Language: English and Arabic

Age: all

 

09:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Hakawati on the Island! - Come and enjoy a feast of traditional stories from the U.A.E, Egypt, Syria and the Arab tradition.

Raida Guermazi (Tunisia), Lamya Tawfik (Egypt), Paola Balbi, Davide Bardi, Martina Pisciali (Italy)

Language: English and Arabic

Age: 8+

 

 

Saturday 24th of February

 

04:30 p.m. - 06:00 p.m.

The Story Road - Not only silk, incense and spices travelled on the trade roads, but also wonderful stories. Come and listen to the adventures of travellers, merchants and stories that come from afar. An entertaining programme for the whole family.

Perfomed by artists of the week.

Language: English and Arabic

Age: all

 

08:00 p.m. - 09:30 p.m.

A thousand and one stories - Mnayra takes the first step towards adventure. She is looking for Elmézién (“The beautiful one”), while her country is under the threat of a terrible Ogre. Each story gives birth to the next story, but in the end they all belong to the same primary story. As the thread of the main story unravels shorter stories spring up to lead the audience to an hour and a half of pure happiness. Children and adults alike will get lost and then find their way back through the threads of all stories.

Raida Guermazi (Tunisia)

Language: Arabic and English

Age: 8+

 

 

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2nd WEEK-END

2-3 MARCH

 

ARTISTS OF THE WEEK:

Guto Davis (UK)

Davide Bardi, Paola Balbi, Martina Pisciali (Italia)

Lamya Tawfik (Egypt, Dubai Resident)

Shereen Saif (India, Dubai Resident)

 

 

Friday 2nd of March

 

04:30 p.m. - 06:00 p.m.

Songs and Sounds from the Land of “Once upon a  time” - An international storytelling programme with stories, songs and live music from Italy, Egypt and the UK.

Performed by all artists of the week.

Language: English and Arabic

Age: all

 

08:00 p.m. – 09:30 p.m.

Stories, ballads and songs from old Europe and beyond - Sit back, relax on majlis and let yourself be enchanted by ancient  stories, music and songs  from the British Isles, Italy and beyond.

Guto Davis (UK), Davide Bardi (Italia)

Language: English

Age: 10+

 

 

Saturday 3rd of March

 

04:30 p.m. - 05:15 p.m.

Fairies, forests and fables - Who hides in the dark woods? Did you hear the song from the enchanted tree or the secret whispered by the river?

Guto Davis (UK), Paola Balbi (Italy)

Language: English

Age: all

 

05:15 p.m. - 06:15 p.m.

Pharaonic Fables - Pharaoh Cheope is very bored, and therefore asks his three children to entertain him with stories of magic and enchantement. Come and listen to what they told him 4000 years ago!

Lamya Tawfik (Egypt, Dubai resident)

Language: English / Arabic

Age: all

 

08:00 p.m. - 09:30 p.m.

The Road to the Heart - Stories, ballads and music about unrequieted love, true love and “star crossed” lovers.

Guto Davis (Uk), Davide Bardi, Martina Pisciali (Italy), Shereen Saif (India, Dubai Resident)

Language: English

Age: 10+

 

 

 

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3rd WEEK-END

9-10 MARCH

 

ARTISTS OF THE WEEK:

Anders Peev and Johann Teodorsson (Sweden)

Shereen Saif (India)

Davide Bardi, Paola Balbi, Mattia Di Pierro, Martina Pisciali (Italy)

 

 

Friday 9th of March

 

04:30 p.m. - 06:00 p.m.

Tales of Trolls and Spells - Let yourself be transported to the enchanted woods of the North. Who is hiding amongst the trees and underground? A programme with fascinating stories and spellbounding music from Scandinavia.

Anders Peev, Johann Teodorsson (Sweden)

Language: English

Age: all

 

08:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The redhaired Fiancée or what your sweetheart forgot to tell - Looking for the perfect match is not always a good idea. What is the ideal husband/wife hiding behind their charming look?

Johan Theodorsson and Anders Peev (Sweden), Paola Balbi and Davide Bardi (Italy)

Language: English

Age: 10+

 

 

Saturday 10th of March

 

04:30 p.m. - 05:15 p.m.

 Great stories of little animals - An international storytelling concert where wisdom, wit and fun are springing out of the adventures of little creatures. A fun family programme with traditional Italian and European stories.

Davide Bardi, Mattia Di Pierro, Martina Pisciali (taly)

Language: English

Age: all

 

08:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Dancing words and singing steps - A special event blending together traditional stories, music and dance from the West, Middle East and the Far East.

Johan Theodorsson and Anders Peev (Sweden), Davide Bardi e Paola Balbi (Italy), Shereen Saif (India)

Language: English

Age: 10+

 

 

 

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4th WEEK-END

16-17 MARCH

 

ARTISTS OF THE WEEK:

Lamya Tawfik (Egypt, Dubai Resident)

Davide Bardi, Paola Balbi, Martina Pisciali, Mattia Di Pierro (Italy)

Shereen Saif (India, Dubai based)

 

 

--- World Storytelling Day Celebration ---

The last week-end of the Festival is dedicated to the WSD on the given theme for 2018 “Wise Fools”.

Tales on the Island is proud to be an official event of this worldwide celebration of oral tradition and heritage.

 

What is World Storytelling Day?

World Storytelling day is a global celebration of oral Storytelling, started in Sweden in 1991 as Storytelling Day and now celebrated at international level all over the Globe by the groups and artists belonging to the Storytelling Revival.

The aime of WSD is to encourage as many people as possible all over the world to listen and tell stories on the same theme - possibly  in their own language - on the same day. WSD is namely on the 20th of March, but is celebrated also during the previous and following weekends in order to involve as many people as possible.

 

Theme for 2018: Wise Fools

 

Every village, everywhere in the world has a fool... but in the end he/she often prooves to be also the wisest of all. This is what old stories tell us in their wisdom and characters like Nasruddin Hodja/Juha have been audience favourites in the stories of the oral tradition since very old times.

In 2018 WSD is dedicated to them, those characters that in the old stories make us laugh, but always teach us something as well.

First of all they teach us not to judge one another and not to take oneself too seriously!

 

 

 

Friday 16th of March

 

04:30 p.m. - 06:00 p.m.

Joha and other fools - Who’s the most fool and cleverest of the village? A collection of stories about one of the most funny and popular characters of both Middle-est, South Europe and North Africa. Join for an hour of sheer fun! Family Programme.

Lamya Tawfik (Egypt, Dubai Resident), Davide Bardi, Paola Balbi, Martina Pisciali (Italy)

Language: English, Arabic

Age: all

 

08:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Come'n tell: Story swap! - A fun, interactive and informal event, where everyone is welcome to share a story about a “wise fool” from their oral tradition and backgorund. Professional and amateur storytellers as well as audience members are welcome to stand up  and share a story! The event will carry on as long as there will be stories to tell!.

Storytellers for the Festival cast + spontaneous contributions from the audience.

Language: All languages welcome!

Age: All

 

 

Saturday 17th of March

 

04:30 p.m. - 06:00 p.m.

Wise stories of foolish people/foolish stories of wise people! - Who is the fool and who is the wise one? What if the ones we consider fools will reveal themselves as the wisest? Come and let yourself be inspired by the humor and wisdom of timeless tales of wise fools!

Perfomed by artists of the week

Language: English, Arabic

Age: all

 

08:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

And they lived happily ever after! - Festival grand finale with stories, music, dance and farewells!.

Perfomed by artists of the week.

Language: English, Arabic

Age: all

 

 

 

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