PEOPLE’S CLIMATE: A CANTASTORIA
A travelling-downloadable-power-point-meets-puppet-show, performable by anyone (including you!)
Currently in rotation in 9 cities across the USA and Canada (and online)!
WATCH (and share) THE CANTESTORIA:
Link to share: VIDEO
Download the images, print them out (or project them on a wall or building) and choose one of the scripts below, mix them up or write your own.
BUS PASSENGERS/CAPTAINS, CARPOOLS & TRAIN RIDERS This perfect to engage and inspire your fellow passengers or the public on your trip to NYC. Simply print out the cantastoria art and one of the the scripts to read aloud while showing the art: perfect for bus or car rides to the mobilization.
CALL AND RESPONSE SHORT RHYME SCRIPT:
San Francisco Bay Area spoken word poet James D’Albora wrote this rhyming poetry version. Here is the first presentation in Oakland, CA with Valerie Love:
SIMPLE SHORT SCRIPT: Same text as in the Video People’s Climate: A Cantastoria
LONGER VERSION SCRIPT: interpreted and performed to mobilize folks in Maine by Jesse Orr on Youtube here
WAIT, WHAT’S A CANTASTORIA? “Cantastoria,” in the words of leading US cantastoria maker-performer-researcher Clare Dolan, “is an Italian word for the ancient performance form of picture-story recitation, which involves sung narration accompanied by reference to painted banners, scrolls, or placards. It is a tradition belonging to the underdog, to chronically itinerant people of low social status, yet also inextricably linked to the sacred. It is a practice very much alive today, existing in a wide variety of incarnations around the world, and fulfilling very diverse functions for different populations. Picture-story recitation in its earliest form involved the display of representational paintings accompanied by sung narration. Originating in 6th Century India, this religious and then increasingly secular practice evolved as it spread both east and west. ”