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Author Archives: Göran Hemberg

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I’m more into storytelling than ever – seems as if elderliness is of a lesser problem in this profession. Recently I have been working with a Swedish folk-singer investigating the common roots of singing and telling. We use one of the oldest tales about the Nordic gods, Voluspá, as our point of departure.

In a couple of weeks I’ll launch an evening with unnerving stories by Selma Lagerlöf, a much loved Swedish Nobel Laureate. She grew up at the end of the 19th century in a mansion where they both cultivated classical music and tales of trolls & men. So a young classical pianist from the Royal College of Music, will play Beethoven’s piano sonata “Pathétique”. And, when there is a fitting pause in the score, I and a colleague will enter – not interrupt, I hope – with an appropriate story. Could turn out quite a ride.

Most rewarding of all, is my work as a coach. The company I belong to, Fabula Storytelling, has set up a scene for life stories, told by ordinary people – much like The Moth in New York. Helping someone, who never has been on a stage before, to deliver a true story to a large audience with nerve and sincerity – that makes me fell very, very much alive.

Your fate, my fate, our stories

As a member of Fabula, a Swedish group of storytellers, I am invited to perform and give workshops at the sixth Hakaya festival being held 8-12 September in Amman, Jordan.

Hakaya is a network organized around Al Balad Theatre in Amman, El Warsha theatre group in Egypt and The Arab Education Forum, active in 22 Arab countries. The organizers note how the Arab Spring took most of the world by surprise. It’s repercussions are still unfolding, defying age-old rhetoric that people have neither voice nor power. The Middle East and North Africa continues to be a region faced with tough political and social-economic challenges and the need for peaceful change is felt everywhere. Therefore they have set up a program for turning peoples experiences into living stories. The aim is to expand cultural dialogue, focusing on the worth of individual human beings and the need to hear their stories. This is central, the organizers believe, to the democratization process and the healthy development of communities.

I am looking forward to this opportunity of sharing important experiences and turning episodes of our lives – theirs and mine – into well reflected stories.

Göran i Tvedestrand beskuren

Jag var med och drog igång den svenska berättarrörelsen vid mitten av 1980-talet och blev Mickel-pristagare 2014. Förutom att levandegöra vårt tidigaste muntliga kulturarv vill jag utveckla konsten att förvandla egna minnen till berättelser och gifta ihop de goda historierna med de goda samtalen.

Jag har en bakgrund som praktisk filosof med särskild inriktning på demokratifrågor. Det kan märkas i berättarföreställningen Sokrates en jubelidiot eller när jag leder en Sokratisk dialog, som är en form av begreppsanalys med berättarinslag.

Mina berättarverkstäder kan handla om att få till historier med demokratisk knorr bland lärare eller biståndsarbetare.  Eller att se sånt man har varit med om som episoder i historien om ens eget liv och reflektera över den  berättelsen tillsammans med andra.

Jag har varit ordförande i Berättarnätet Öst och är en av initiativtagarna till BerättarSlam, en lekfull tävling i muntligt berättande. Jag ingår i berättarkompaniet Fabula Storytelling där jag bl a coachar nya berättare till Storydox – sant på scen.

Göran en face

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