Check it out! Here’s a collaboration I did with the British alternative rock band, Gene Loves Jezebel, for their latest single, “Izitme”. I hope you enjoy it… it was fun to create.
What’s Your Story? How do you feel? We are all storytellers…
It seems that human needs, in order of importance, are: nourishment, storytelling, love, then shelter. Storytelling predates writing. Early stories were usually oral, with gestures and expressions. Symbols were painted on cave walls, to help the storyteller remember what happened. Tree trunks, sand, rocks and leaves were also utilized. Throughout history, images were carved, scratched, painted, printed and inked onto pottery, sand tablets, stones, leaves, skins, cloth, paper, silk, canvas, film… and eventually created using today’s modern technologies.
Storytelling connects with people on an emotional level. “What if…?” opens the door to wonder. Good storytellers say what they know and how they feel from a unique perspective, and get the audience to have that same feeling. They have something important to share with the world. A therapeutic or cathartic sequence of events, unfolding through time.
Storytellers are regarded as healers, leaders, spiritual guides, teachers, secret keepers & entertainers. Through art, song, poetry, chanting & dance, storytelling can bridge cultural, language and age barriers. It can be used as a method to teach ethics, values, and to discuss cultural norms, as well as differences. Stories tap into our existing knowledge, create cultural bridges and motivate toward solutions.
So… What’s your story? A rough idea. “What if…?”
Who are the characters? Set up your Hero’s world!
What happens at the beginning, middle & end of the journey?
Identify the story’s emotional content. Is there confrontation? Has the world turned upside down?
How is the Hero or World transformed?
Fairytales form a “Once upon a time” world, taking place at an unspecified time. They are not intended to be understood as factual. In a fairytale world, supernatural events are accepted, without surprise. Legends, however, are supposed to have actually happened, at a particular time and place. In legends, supernatural events often come with emotional distress.
Storytelling teaches important principals to live a good life. It is a language of images, with ideas and meanings. Stories engage audiences to remember, and invite an empathetic experience by imagining fresh possibilities. They teach respect, through the practice of attentiveness, which can lead to a respect for all life, and to value interconnection. As a way to pass knowledge from one generation to the next, storytelling plays an important roll in the reasoning process and in convincing others. It is an approach to resolving conflicts, addressing issues and facing challenges.
As seen on TV, a sand animation project by Sand Artist | Charlene Lanzel, being used as a lead-in to a short commercial. Charlene created several ambient scenes for TV, so keep your eyes open for more!
Watching sand animation come to life, in real time, has an extraordinary effect on the audience. Audience members are uncontrollably drawn into Charlene’s seemingly real world made up of sand characters, trees, mountains and seas. Live sand art is a magical art form that charms. Creating images conjured seemingly effortless, like an oracle or a magician, Charlene's hands skate on glass like a kind of dance. The moving sand creates continuously fluid and poetic figures with original storytelling. Old and young watch and listen together, and all is in harmony, because they all share the same emotions. A visual language is created that transcends linguistic barriers. Drawings are in perpetual transformation which excite imagination, surprise and allow abrupt changes of tone and unexpected images.
Charlene Lanzel can perform her sand animations live at: gala events, in theaters, at festivals, opening or closing ceremonies, at corporate events, conventions, trade shows, weddings, dinner parties, art events and more. Charlene’s sand art can be integrated into: dance, concerts, advertising, storytelling, video and television projects. Bespoke performances can also be custom created to existing compositions or original musical scores. Custom live presentations or videos can include your own imagery, logos and themes.
The powerful impact of sand animation is indescribable. Adding special uniqueness to any event, sand animation is almost unbelievable. It is a new, different and exciting way to communicate a message. Sand storytelling comes alive in this imaginative poetic expression.
Sand Artist | Charlene Lanzel keeps audiences spell-bound by the twists and surprises that follow every sweep of her hands.
Reserve Charlene today for your next project or event!