Here is what I think is important about live storytelling. Entering another person’s world, a world we cannot experience for ourselves because each person’s life is unique and has a distinct, unrepeatable fingerprint, is a vital form of human connection. It is the cornerstone of empathy and understanding, the glue that bonds people together in creative and meaningful ways. The really interesting part is that when we share our individual history, our particular take on an experience, with others, we understand it better. The shaping of the narrative reshapes what it means to us. In the company of others, our stories are richer and expand. In the moment of others’ laughter, or sighs, or enraptured silence in response to our story we are linked through imagination and shared memory. We must seek out opportunities to do this. It charges our creative self and energizes our power to use whatever has happened to us – however painful, hilarious or strange – to become stronger. And more present.
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action,” said Martha Graham, “and because there is only one of you in all of time this expression is unique. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.”
Own your story.
Jude Treder-Wolff is a trainer/consultant, creative arts therapist and writer/performer. Her show Crazytown: my first psychopath is currently in performance in NYC. Information available at www.judetreder-wolff.com