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Storytelling at Cultural Folk Tales Day

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Take a trip around the world with our storytellers! Listen to fun interactive folktales from Japan, Latin America, Africa and Haiti.

Schedule of Events:

Morikami Theater


11:00am–11:45am        Kuniko Yamamoto (Japan) 10:30am–11:00am   Kamishibai*
12:00pm–12:45pm      Orisirisi (Africa) 11:30am–12:00pm     Carrie Ayvar
1:00pm–1:45pm           Fushu Daiko (Japan) 12:30pm                       Kamishibai*
2:00pm–2:30pm        Carrie Sue Ayvar (Latin America) 1:30pm–2:00pm      Louinès Louinis
3:00pm–3:45pm         Kuniko Yamamoto (Japan) 2:30pm–3:00pm          Orisrisi
4:00pm–4:30pm       Louinès Louinis (Haiti) 3:30pm–4:00pm         Kamishibai*

*Traditional Japanese storytelling

Storyteller Program Descriptions Bios

KunikoMaskOn - resizedMagical Mask, Mime and Music of Japan – by Kuniko Yamamoto

Charming folktales are combined with traditional musical instruments, magical masks, origami and mime to create storytelling that will have audience spellbound in their seats.

About Kuniko Yamamoto

A native of Japan, Kuniko Yamamoto started performing professionally in her hometown of Osaka. She received national exposure performing on Kansai National TV in 1985. In the following year, she traveled to the USA to study with Tony Montanaro, then toured with Leland Faulkner’s Light Theater bringing ancient Japanese tales to life with shadows and magic. Since creating her solo show, she has appeared at Epcot Disney, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the National Storytelling Festival. Touring across the country, from native villages in Alaska to theaters in Florida, Kuniko has performed at more than 2, 000 venues.

fushu-image-2Drums of Noto Hanto – By Fushu Daiko

Join us for an interactive reading of the famous Japanese legend integrated with taiko drumming!

In 1576 the people of Nabune Japan, on the Noto Hanto coast, cleverly saved their village from invading samurai by frightening the enemy away with masks and fires on the beach – and drums!  Learn the language of Japanese taiko drumming and incredible rhythmic patterns.

About Fushu Daiko

Fushu Daiko is recognized by Seiichi Tanaka, the master of San Francisco Taiko Dojo, who brought taiko to the United States and who trained senior members of the Fushu Daiko group. Founded in 1990, Fushu Daiko is made up of many nationalities and backgrounds, and its members have been drawn together by the taiko. Through its sound, Fushu Daiko wishes to create a sense of connection in the hearts of those who hear the taiko’s beat.

Carrie headshot for print - resizedCuentame Un Cuento/Tell Me A Story – By Carrie Sue Ayvar

An incredible bilingual exploration of Latin-American folktales using words, rhythms, movement and chants that begins with the simple phrase, “Había una vez/Once upon a time . . . ” Children and adults, even those who may never have spoken a word of Spanish before, often find themselves easily and successfully repeating Spanish phrases in  this interactive and animated storytelling program.

About Carrie Sue Ayvar

Blending traditional, international & personal tales, bilingual storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar takes her listeners on a journey into the imagination connecting people, languages and cultures through her stories that flow effortlessly between Spanish and English.  A spicy mix of languages and cultural heritage, this Eastern European Jewish award-winning storyteller who came of age in Mexico believes, just like her grandfather taught her, that “If you don’t know the trees you may be lost in the forest, but if you don’t know the stories you may be lost in life.”

Publicity 2_Haiti - resizedKrik! Krak! Dance-A-Story for All Ages – By Louinès Louinis Haitian Dance Theater and Dance-A-Story, Inc.

Haitian storytelling, like dance, has roots in African traditions–the original interactive art! The storyteller invites the audience to join in using hand clapping, drumming and dance.  An interactive storytelling performance geared to audience of all ages is crafted to offer as many sensory experiences as possible. Stories, songs and games engage participants of all ages in a literacy journey using language, rhythms and body movements.

About Lucrèce Louisdhon-Louinis Haitian Dance Theater and Dance-A-Story, Inc.

Lucrèce Louisdhon-Louinis is a storyteller, dancer, librarian, and Executive Director of the Louinès Louinis Haitian Dance Theater and Dance-A-Story, Inc. Her performances are marked by a vivacious and enchanting style that incorporates ethnic dance, stories and rhythm.  Her storytelling repertoire includes Haitian, Caribbean and African folklore and songs. “Lucrèce’s storytelling is spellbinding,” said one parent at a recent storytelling show at a Long Island bookstore. Adults and children alike are captivated and become involved through her contagious enthusiasm for group participation. She has performed nationally at venues such as Wertheim Performing Arts Center, North Miami Beach Julius Littman Performing Arts Theater, Little Haiti Cultural Center, Tampa-Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival, American Museum of Natural History, New York Public Library, Queens Public Library and the Miami-Dade Public Library. Internationally, she has performed at such prestigious events as Toronto Storytelling Festival, Canada, Dublin City Library Multicultural Day, Ireland; Library Board of Accra Cultural Exchange, Ghana and at the Bibliothèque Méjanes’s Bookfest in Aix En Provence, France.

Louinès Louinis is a choreographer, dancer, musician, folklorist, founder and artistic director of The Louinès Louinis Haitian Dance Theater. His most important task is preserving the traditions and folklore of Haitian dances and rituals. He is recognized as a living treasure in the Haitian Diaspora, having taught, performed and choreographed Haitian dance for over fifty years. Louinis is an accomplished educator, with many years of experience teaching Haitian traditions and culture to students of all ages. He was Associate Professor at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, teaching Afro-Haitian traditions and culture for 25 years. From 1989 – 2000, he was a Master Instructor of Haitian rhythms at the Katherine Dunham Technique Seminar in St. Louis, Missouri and at the Marygrove College Dance Program in Detroit, Michigan. From 1994-1996, he was called upon to teach Haitian rhythms to non-Haitian drummers at the World Drummers for Peace & Drum Summit in Association with the National Arts Festival, Atlanta, Georgia. Currently, Louinès has been teaching Haitian traditions and culture at different community centers, schools and universities in South Florida, including the Haitian Summer Institute at Florida International University. Louinis is the 2014-15 recipient of the Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Master Drummer.

Tutu4Moonlight Stories – By Orisirisi African Folklore

Moonlight Stories is an anthology incorporating the African tradition of audience participation, including fun-filled call and response type songs, mesmerizing African drumming and dance, children’s games and much more! The audience will meet Aja Ati Ijapa (Dog and Turtle) and many more unforgettable characters as Orisirisi African Folklore spins yarns of tales that none will soon forget!

About Orisirisi African Folklore

Orisirisi African Folklore is a performing arts company formed in 1986 with the purpose of sharing both the beauty and poignancy of African life and culture. Orisirisi, pronounced (O-re-she-re-she), a Yoruba term meaning different things, was founded by Don and Nigerian-born wife Adetutu (Tutu) Harrell. Don and Tutu, co produce and direct the many facets of their act. With varied African art, Orisirisi imparts different kinds of folk-knowledge and experiences to and for their audiences.