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  Sue Ayvar
1:00pm–1:45pm           Fushu Daiko (Japan) 12:30pm – 1:30pm       Kuniko Yamamoto
2:00pm–2:30pm        Carrie Sue Ayvar (Latin America) 2:30pm-3:00pm           Orisirisi
3:00pm–3:45pm         Kuniko Yamamoto (Japan) 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.

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.

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.

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.”

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!

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.