We believe that the art of the raconteur – the telling of unscripted, personal, porch-style stories – is one of the great arts, and that nights of storytelling are vital to any vibrant and healthy community.
~ Program for Unchained Deep South Tour, 2013
Last Saturday the Unchained storytellers made a stop in Huntsville on their Deep South Tour. I found out at the last minute, but was still able to snag a seat to the show.
|The Unchained bus in Huntsville, AL|
The performance was at our local arts mecca, a place called Lowe Mill. It’s an old factory that has been reclaimed as an arts collective. There’s a printing press, artist studios, a puppet company, and a cigar box guitar maker. They hold workshops for burlesque, hooping, shoe making, and painting. And in a small trailer out front is the only all-vegetarian restaurant in town. In short, if you visit Huntsville on a Saturday then one of your best bets for meeting cool people is to go to Lowe Mill and wander through their artist’s market.
When I found out that Unchained was going to happen in Huntsville, I was excited. I’d read about the tour on Neil Gaiman’s blog, where he traveled with them for a short time. One of my favorite things in the world is to hear stories told aloud. Hearing stories changes the way I experience them. I feel closer to the action, the characters, the core of what is being said.
|Scene on the side of the bus|
The evening started off with a song, “Flawless Executioner,” by Christopher Paul Stelling. And it was amazing. You could feel the crowd open up, get ready to experience the exceptional.
2 thoughts on “Unchained Storytelling”
That sounds like so much fun! I think storytelling–in this venue and on smaller scales–is coming pack into popularity. Or I perceive that it is, anyway. I think it's great, cultivating an appreciation for words and story, as well as creating a sense of community between the storyteller and the listeners. So cool.
There's a group in Iowa City that does storytelling– no notes, anything else goes, pretty much. I told the tale of Christmas Mouse a year ago.