TellYours 2016

Project Categories: Training

Working with: Jan Blake |Chirine El-Ansary

#TellYours is a storyteller development programme aimed at diversifying the stories we hear and the voices of those who tell them. It focuses on developing 8 storytellers a year interested in reimagining and performing myths, folklore and fairy tales.

Each year we partner with different organisations and choose a different theme to focus on. More info on the 2017-18 programme coming soon.

If you are interested in partnering with us to develop storytelling scene in the UK and internationally please get in touch. We are always looking for new perspectives and approaches.

2016 MENTOR  

Chirine El Ansary is a storyteller and a performer born in Cairo and living between Egypt and France. Throughout her career Chirine has performed in ancient buildings, streets and markets of Cairo, Damascus and Aleppo as well as in prisons, refugee camps, remote villages, forests and world-class cultural centres. Her stories brought her to Sanaa, Nairobi, Zanzibar, Johannesburg, Rome, Naples, Rotterdam, Paris, Oslo, Shiraz, Warsaw, Constantine, Beirut, Lyon and London (Barbican Centre 2004/2005/2006, Rich Mix and Soho Theatre amongst others).

Her work includes experimental movement solos, performance poetry, free rewritings of cycles of stories from The One Thousand and One Nights (on which she has been doing extensive research since 1993), her own adaptation of The Hilali Epic, and performances based on her own writings, such as No Return, Hoda Day and Night, and Matrices.

Chirine is a Phd candidate at Goldsmiths College. Her practice-led-research is based on her experience as a storyteller with a focus on the One Thousand and One Nights’. Using the Book as an anchoring point, she concentrates on subversion and embodiment, arguing for a redefinition of performance art in the Middle East.

Check out our TellYours2018 run here.

Our Involvement: Creator