Friday, September 21, 2012

What I Learned About Storytelling from The Unchained Tour

Where to even begin? The Unchained Tour was off the - Fine, I won't go there. It blew my mind. How's that?

Stalker shot of the Unchained bus
The Unchained Tour seeks to promote "the art of the raconteur - the telling of unscripted, personal, porch-style stories" with some musical setting.

Rachel Kate and Joel Hamilton

Unscripted but well-practiced, the stories were gripping.

Every storyteller - Dawn Fraser, Peter Aguero, Neil Gaiman, and Edgar Oliver - made fun of himself or herself: the ways they were in the past or even at the present moment.

Edgar Oliver
Every story centered upon a critical moment in their lives. None of them were frivolous anecdotes. They told of almost dropping out of high school and college, the meetings of spouses, and most important of all, animal rescues.

All of them kept their eyes focused toward the back of the room, with occasional sweeps across the crowd. The whole time Neil spoke, he looked like he was about to cry.

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