There are two of us really. Andy and Michi. I (Andy) am originally from the UK. Michi is from Japan. Via a rather complex route, we ended up in Germany in 2001, working with young people in deepest Bavaria.
In 2004 we went to Montana so I could attend an intense theatre school, and learn the basics of storytelling. Nine months later, having read about 30 classic plays, performed in several shows and most importantly written and staged my own productions from scratch, we came back to Germany and spent almost ten years near to Stuttgart, telling stories with young people.
We’ve used all kinds of art forms, including visual arts, theatre, video and circus skills. We’ve seen the power of small-scale storytelling to change lives and the opportunities for people to grow as we allow them to focus their gifts and talents.
Now I’m using this experience as an oral Storyteller, taking the ‘small scale’ ideas a step further to reach a wider audience with the power of stories.
Long term we’re aiming to develop an ecological arts centre, run by an intentional community. That’s a big goal, and we’ve been told many times that it is ‘Impossible’ or that we ‘may not make it’, but that’s what makes a good story.