Speakers/Chautauqua Catalog

Name Johanna and Scott Hongell-Darsee
Email jhdarsee@gmail.com
Website http://www.hongelldarsee.com
Office Phone 505/353-2790
Address PO Box 66917
Albuquerque, NM  87193
US
Biographical Info Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee perform at festivals, theaters and universities throughout USA. A performing artist for over 30 years, Johanna (Finland) studied in France (theater) and India (dance). Scott (USA) composes innovative arrangements on string instruments.
Program Title STORYTELLING THEATRE WITH LIVE MUSIC
 
Program Description Johanna Hongell-Darsee; storyteller, dancer, mime; and Scott Darsee, guitarist, composer take you on a journey of stories. The art of storytelling is universal and as ancient as humanity; our dreams of a distant common past. In this presentation we tell stories using music, song, masks, dance and mime. Stories travel and have always traveled. On their way they pick up bits and pieces of different cultures and landscapes but the heroes and heroines, the villains and the mysterious creatures often stay familiar.
Series Writers, Storytellers and Poets
Chautauqua Program Application (Booking) Click here to fill out a funding application for this program »
Program Title MEDIEVAL AND TRADITIONAL BALLADS
 
Program Description In this program we present ballads and songs from Scandinavia, the British Isles, France, the U.S., and India together with the stories behind these songs that have wandered through centuries and over continents. The songs we call medieval and traditional ballads today are thought to have originated at the French courts in the middle ages and later spread to the rest of Europe, and eventually to the U.S. However the tradition of singing stories is as ancient as humanity itself. Epics have been handed down this way since the dawn of time. The French medieval ballads told stories of romance and drama and quickly became popular all over the courts of Europe. They also spread among the general population and were handed down both in written form and in oral tradition. This tradition is not only confined to Europe. It is very possible that many of the ballads would have originated in the Middle East or even further away and spread through traveling troubadours. Such as the ballad of a runaway bride that can be found both in Punjab, Finland and the U.S. This is a fascinating example of cultural exchanges over centuries and continents. http://www.hongelldarsee.com
Series Writers, Storytellers and Poets; Conversations With the World
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