JOHNSON CITY – Storyteller Antonio Rocha, who brings a unique fusion of mime and spoken word to his performances, will be featured in a public concert at East Tennessee State University on Monday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ball Hall auditorium.
Rocha’s appearance comes as part of the second of two Storytelling Institutes offered by the ETSU Storytelling Program. These annual institutes, which have been part of the program since 1992, feature three-day master classes led by some of the world’s top performers and teachers of storytelling arts.
This marks Rocha’s third time teaching a Storytelling Institute, having previously team-taught a popular movement class with spoken word artist Milbre Burch.
In “Hidden Gems,” his three-day intensive to be held Monday-Wednesday, July 15-17, Rocha will guide participating professional storytellers in recognizing transitional moments in a story as “hidden gems” to be explored through voice, movement, song, and any other art or style that suits them.
Rocha, a native of Brazil, began his career in the performing arts in 1985. In 1988, he received a Partners of the Americas grant to come to the U.S. to perform and deepen his mime skills with the late American mime master Tony Montanaro. Since then, he graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. degree in theater from the University of Southern Maine and studied with the late French mime master Marcel Marceau. He has performed from Singapore to South Africa and many places in between, including 16 countries on six continents.
A favorite of the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Rocha received the coveted Circle of Excellence Award for outstanding performance from the National Storytelling Network. He just returned to the U.S. from Austria, where he was featured in “The Tales of Graz.”
Admission to Rocha’s concert is free, and donations will be accepted. This event is co-sponsored by the ETSU Storytelling Program and Department of Communication and Performance.
For more information on either the concert or the Storytelling Institute, contact Dr. Delanna Reed, ETSU Storytelling Program interim coordinator, at 423-439-7601 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.etsu.edu/stories. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.