Antonio Rocha, a storyteller who blends mime-like movements with vibrant original storytelling, will soon perform in Jonesborough as the final resident artist in the 16th season of the Storytelling Live! series.
Though the official season for live storytelling in Jonesborough runs from May through October, there will be a number of additional opportunities to catch special performances throughout the holiday season, beginning with Bil Lepp, Kim Weitkamp, and Andy Offutt Irwin.
The three storytellers, who perform together as the Uncalled for Trio, will be in residence from November 30 – December 2. They will soon be followed by folk musician John McCutcheon on December 11 and storyteller Tim Lowry, who will perform “A Christmas Carol” on December 16.
As the final teller in residence, Rocha will stage matinee concerts from October 24 – 28, Tuesday through Saturday, starting at 2 p.m. each day.
The Brazilian native, who spent much of his childhood in Rio de Janeiro, is known for his seamless blend of folk tales and personal stories, which he punctuates with sound effects and fluid movement. “People have all these misconceptions about what Brazil is, or what any foreign country is, for that matter,” he says. “Yes, there are differences between cultures. There are different recipes and different languages and different rhythms. But in terms of our attitudes as humans, there are a lot of similarities. That becomes the chase for me when I’m working on a personal narrative. That’s what I want to accent in the telling: what’s universal.”
All performances will be held in the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall, located in the International Storytelling Center, on Main Street. Tickets are just $12 for adults and $11 for seniors, students, and children under 18 for all performances. Reservations are highly recommended.
Ticketholders for all events can present their ticket stubs for a 10 percent discount on same-day dining at JJ’s Eatery and Ice Cream or Main Street Café, two popular eateries in Jonesborough. Information about all performers, as well as a detailed schedule, is available at www.storytellingcenter.net. The International Storytelling Center is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information about Storytelling Live! or to make a group reservation, call (800) 952-8392 ext. 222 or (423) 913-1276.