Author Jane Yolen and storyteller Milbre Burch to perform at Culver-Stockton
Monday, November 12, 2007
Explorations in folklore, fairytale, and fantasy with author Jane Yolen and storyteller Milbre Burch will be performed on Thursday and Friday, November 29 and 30, at Culver-Stockton College in Merillat Recital Hall.
Acclaimed fairytale and fantasy writer Yolen, described as “America’s Hans Christian Andersen,” and winning performer Milbre Burch, who is acknowledged as the preeminent spoken-word interpreter of Yolen’s work, will present a three-part performance. The duo will present a master class, a performance, and an interactive post-performance audience talk-back session. All events are free and open to the public.
From 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 29, Yolen will conduct a master class entitled “Stories Mean More… and Less… than We Think,” assisted by Burch. Yolen will reference well-known old stories and reveal hidden messages related to origins of the stories. Yolen will examine the types of fairy tales and discuss writing new tales.
At 7:30 p.m., Yolen will introduce “The Ready Heart,” a solo show based on her stories and poems and performed by Burch. The story is set in an environment of standing paper sculptures, reminiscent of the figures in a pop-up book, which were created by artist Beth Thielen, whose work has been exhibited at the Getty Museum and in the book collections of Harvard and Yale Universities.
From 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, November 30, Yolen and Burch will join forces for “The Performer and Her Muse,” an interactive post-performance conversation with the audience.
Before and after their presentations in Canton, Yolen and Burch are conducting a four-day collaborative residency in Columbia, Mo. For more information, visit www.kindcrone.com and click on the calendar.
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