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Patchwork's hallmark event: Tellabration 2022
Patchwork: A Storytelling Guild presents Wit & Wisdom, a Story Concert, on Saturday, November 19 @ 2 PM EST at the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia. This live event is open to the public. Patchwork offers Pay-What-You-Can ticket options for greater accessibility for all. Donations are accepted. Running Time: approx. 110 minutes. Light refreshments will be served. Recommended for adult audiences.
Patchwork returns with a new cache of stories to celebrate the folkloric art, craft, and practice of the oral tradition of storytelling. Featured in this amazing lineup are, in alphabetical order, Michele Belluomini, Ingrid Bohn, Ray Gray, Queen Mother Imakhu, and Denise McCormack.
According to McCormack, president of Patchwork and host of the event,
“Tellabration is a hallmark event, celebration of story, and we're working hard to bring an assortment of rich, vibrant, and humorous tales to our audiences this season. The tellers are extraordinary and each adds a new perspective and twist through their individual performance styles and interpretations. There's a reason that folktales have endured for millennia; they're truly timeless because they have the capability to offer something special to everyone of every age and era."
This program is recommended for adult audiences. Get tickets now.
Denise McCormack loves to spin yarns and is deeply committed to sharing the history, benefits, and practices of storytelling in a broad spectrum of applications for education and community to business, health, and well-being.
Among her many roles, McCormack is president of the Patchwork Storytelling Guild, coordinator and creative director of the Lehigh Valley Family Storytelling Series, and an active member of various other local and national organizations wherein storytelling and the arts play an integral role.
For more information, go to: https://www.denisemccormack.live/
Michele Belluomini has been telling stories to children and adults for the last 15 years; she has performed in schools, libraries, and museums, as well as at universities in the Philadelphia area.
Michele presented solo performances on the "Fringe" stage at the 2006 National Storytelling Conference in Pittsburgh and at the 2012 National Storytelling Conference in Cincinnati, as well as performed in a host of Patchwork events, Tellebration festivals, the New Jersey Storytelling festival, and the Lehigh Valley's Story Fusion.
Ingrid is an Interactive Theater and Storytelling artist who's been active in theater productions for over 30 years. She shares traditional folk and fairy tales from all over the world and brings her multifaceted characters to life, with something for everyone.
Ingrid appears throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
She encourages role playing and audience participation and is a proud member of the Patchwork and Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guilds.
Ray began his exploration of the art of storytelling fifty-five years ago when he first told a story to pre-school children in the Yardley Public Library. For more that forty years he earned his living presenting multi-media storytelling programs in schools across the mid-Atlantic states. Today, at the age of eighty, he is still exploring through stories that reflect on the meaning of life.
Queen Mother Imakhu, has enjoyed a well-rounded, forty-plus year career as an artist, activist, motivational speaker, lecturer, and yoga instructor.
As a lifelong artist/activist, Queen Mother blesses the mic with tales of community conditions, cultural perspectives, and her own life experiences. She has been featured at poetry performance venues across the country.
Her recorded works from her published chapbook, "Renegade Voice from the Mythic Mosaic," have been heard on public radio stations across the globe.
Queen Mother remains a popular guest on podcasts and in person events. For more information: https://www.imakhu.info/
Patchwork Storytelling Guild is a member-supported 501c3 non-profit organization serving the needs of the Philadelphia Metro area, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, the Delaware Valley, and beyond.
We strive to provide a forum for storytellers and to promote the art of storytelling through community outreach related to the practice, performance, and value of storytelling. Patchwork offers: monthly story swaps, coaching sessions, performance opportunities... and more.
The Rotunda, located in Philadelphia, PA, is a community-gathering place that is fueled by the belief that art is a catalyst for social change and that the arts can lead to the formation of meaningful partnerships between our parent organization the University of Pennsylvania, and surrounding neighborhoods. Over 300 events are offered every year, including live music, film, spoken word, theater, art, dance, education, youth programs, arts incubation, and various experimental genres. As an alcohol-free venue, The Rotunda provides a critical social alternative for all ages. At its core, The Rotunda is a shared space fostering learning, enrichment, and community support while empowering the public to present, produce, and promote their work. The Rotunda's programming is currently virtual but we will reopen the venue soon enough!
Donations are appreciated and will be awarded to the tellers as an honorarium for their work.
Tellabration was begun by the National Storytelling Network to celebrate the art of storytelling and takes on a variety of forms from swaps and circles to showcases and other performances. Tellabration traditionally takes place on or about the 3rd Saturday in November.
Patchwork has celebrated Tellabration for many years and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.