Soul Storiesstory and vision
A Soul Story is an experience re-membered and brought back to life. We use dance, writing and painting to explore the powerful images that are summoned in the spontaneous telling of a story, mining memory for visual and emotional detail.
As we embody and give voice to the characters, landscape, objects and action in our memory movie, the story takes on a life of its own, free from analysis and self-talk. The root for "story" goes back tot he root for "vision." The storyteller becomes a channel through which the images speak.
Our stories teach us what is essential, what is true.
"Soul Stories took me into my body, into many stories, into creative mode, into color, into memory, and most importantly into human connection. In focusing on imagery as opposed to judgment, one is opened to the beauty of all parts of the story. It becomes poetry instead of burden, art instead of baggage, a shared reveling in life and human-ness instead of a lonely track of thought in one's head. It is a sort of alchemical experience."
~ Mary Rose, theater artist
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"...worlds of 3 or 4 dimensions became 25 or 110 or 453 dimensional."
~ Deidre Duffy, elementary teacher and counselor
"...helps me open a window onto the rich landscapes of my inner world. On gray days, I stick my head through that window and breathe deep, remembering."
~ Sky Yeager, writer and storyteller