Topic: 2004 Glistening Waters Festival of Storytelling

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Details the activities of the 2004 Glistening Waters Festival of Storytelling and includes the tellers, junior storytellers, workshops, committee and more....


Festival held at St. Matthew's Collegiate, Pownall Street, Masterton    22 - 25 October 2004

Giving and receiving stories builds community as surely as stones and mortar builds shelter.  It is by telling our stories that we come to know ourselves and whenever we hear another's story we understand them.  We come to appreciate their strengths and vulnerabilities, their joys and sorrows.  Storytelling teaches us to listen and enables us to find our voice.  It entertains and delights us, feeds us and sometimes challenges our thinking.  Glistening Waters will enhance your life in the way that story has enhanced life throughout historyGaye Sutton




USA                                Eth-Noh-Tec    Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo and Nancy Wang

                    Heather Forest

Australia                       Ffranses Ingram

Izzi Tooinsky

                    Gael Cresp

New Zealand                Margaret Copland

                              Kaitrin McMullan

                              Stu Duval

                              Mary-Alice Arthur

                             Kay Mills

                             Margaret Dockrill 

                             Colin Scadden

                             Gaye Sutton


Junior Storytellers:

Wairarap REAP administered the Junior Storytelling with Alice Robertson and Gaye Sutton tutoring the young tellers in the art of storytelling with workshops for 40 children. Sixteen children attended a workshop provided by Michael Wilson, actor and storyteller, at Pahiatua before a Big Tell.   Four children told at the Festival.


Workshops, Master Class and Special Events:  These cover a wide range of topics associated with the art of storytelling.  Items held in 2004 included;



Margaret Copland            "Telling Original Stories from Your Own Culture." 

       New Zealand has a rich and diverse cultural heritage full of untold stories.  This workshop explored our individual cultural        experience in order to find the untold stories and then to look at the process of shaping such stories into performance                stories.


Gael Cresp                  "Target Practice!"  (Never pick a fight you cannot win.)

Listening to the subtext, building metaphors and telling stories to lead a peaceful life.


Izzi Tooinsky            Juggling Workshop

     For children enabling them to learn the basics of two and three ball juggling and more advanced techniques.

     This ancient sport trains the eye and hand to co-ordinate at increasing speeds and skill level.


Kaitrin McMullan     "Storytelling for Preschoolers."

                                     Enabling participants to find their own voice and style. 

                                     At least 50% of the time was taken up with 'work' by participants, and their needs set the 'tone.'


Eth-Noh-Tec            Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo provided a variety of activities that included music, theatre, storytelling and dance, both Asian traditional and a fusion of contemporary and traditional that is Eth-Noh-Tec's style. In addition, a session was devoted to multicultural communication that was a combination of group process, discussion and lecture.


Wairarapa Showcase.

Throughout 2004 Greytown and Masterton celebrated the Sesqui-centennial of the arrival of immigrants to take up land as part of the Small Farm Settlements. "Hopes and Dreams" - the story of Sarah Masters was specially created and told by Margaret Copland for the Masterton Sesqui celebrations in May 2004.  Margaret retold Sarah's story at the festival. Wairarapa storytellers, Gaye Sutton and Colin Scadden also presented stories of early Masterton pioneers.


A Taste of Post-Festival Comments:

  • Truly impressed by the number of different ways we have to tell our stories.
  • Gaye and Margaret gave me insights into history and experiences of women that moved me deeply. (I am male.)
  • Sessions varied and the different skills and styles of getting the messages across were wonderful.
  • From juggling, duo-synchronized movements and Rolf Harris style verve in art linked with story, historical tales, children's stories, puppets, music and song - and then the quiet, traditional styles of telling. Immensely enjoyed by their audiences.
  • Funny, articulate and 'heart warm M.C's added a real friendly feel to the night- time concerts.
  • We most enjoyed the power of simplicity and intimacy of the festival.
  • Eth-Noh-Tec was a highlight for me, their beauty, energy, versatility, facial expressions, and body-language/dance all contributed to such amazing stories.
  • Can't pick a favourite teller because they were all good with a really good balance of talent.
  • Enjoyed Eth-Noh-Tec's stories from a culture that is becoming more important for New Zealanders to understand.
  • Ffranses  - her body language, facial expression and different accents really set the scene.  Her adult stories were wonderful.
  •  Ffranses was so different, so unique; she touched topics we don't really often hear. Great
  • I want to share one special moment for me. Storyteller Ffranses Ingram and I had done a family session together at the end of the first day. It had been a long day and the room was rather warm by the time we finished. I spotted a young girl whom I recognized from the morning session, this wee dot had been listening to stories ALL day! I bounced over and said, "Oooh, I bet you can't wait to get outside and have a bit of a run!" (which in truth was what I wanted to do.) "No" she replied, "I want to tell stories." And she did! The lovely Ffranses allowed her to sit in her beautiful chair, we shooed the talkers out of the room and settled back to listen.

"Once upon a time," she declared, "There were 3 little pigs..."Inwardly I groaned, we were going to be stuck here for 15 minutes while she retold a long tale! But no! Gabrielle went on to tell a brief but delightful story that popped out of her head as soon as it arrived. Her voice was clear and pure, she was self-assured and aware of her listeners, and in fact, she had us all making mouse noises at one stage. So I salute you Gabrielle, at 5 years old, surely the youngest performer at Glistening Waters!

Gabrielle's Story

Once upon a time, there were three pigs.  They lived in a house that was as big as a giant's foot.  The walls were as tall as trees.  The windows were as high as the sky.  But the pigs were tiny! They were as small as mice (can you make some mouse noises?) And you know why? Because ... because... because they were opposites!  It couldn't be the other way round otherwise the pigs wouldn't have fitted into the house.   The end.





Convenor:               Janet Hayes

Secretary:              Sandra Karbownik

Treasurer:              Lesley Fry

                        Elaine Beck

                        Margaret Christensen

                        Jan McLaren

                        Ashley Milne

                        Alison Vallance

                        Pauline Lamb

                        Colin Scadden

                        Trish Engel

                        Mike Engel

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