Workshops

Please find below workshops offered by Antonio Rocha.

Please view my TEDx Dirigo talk at this link: http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pzwtxk23Es

1- Transition in Eloquence

This session will explore and create transitions in your stories with a creative and eloquent approach. Many storytellers tend to look down while transitioning as if searching for words, missing here a great opportunity to create memorable and original scenes.  I will teach how to identify such transitions and create eloquent works of arts with movement and/or sound, giving the story momentum, therefore moving the plot  forward while keeping the story connected to its essence.
After several transitions demonstrations from my own work, I will teach some techniques for the hands, eyes, body positioning  and sound effects. Then, will coach a few participants to demonstrate this creative process with their own work.
At the end participants will be able to take home a series of ideas and techniques that will help them create memorable transitions for their own storytelling presentations. Their storytelling will never be the same.

 

“A great thing about Antonio as teacher is that when he coaches individuals, he makes the principles so clear that everyone watching learns from the process.  A whole day with him would be truly inspiring.”
         Jo Radner – Folklorist, Storyteller and  Past President, National Storytelling Network-

 

2- Beyond the voice.

This workshop focus on individual creativity with the use of body language  and mime techniques to make the invisible visible, therefore creating atmosphere, character and seamless transitions. Studies prove that body language accounts to more than 70% of how we communicate, what we say has very little to do with what we mean.  Antonio is a dedicated teacher and his  30 year experience as a mime, actor and storyteller will guide you with care through these discoveries.  This is a participatory session, filled with fun and movement. Learn how to explore these tools in a fun and safe environment and your stories will never be the same.

“Given the importance of storytelling in our kind of work, I was looking out for someone who could help us learn the craft and the magic of telling powerful stories. I had the privilege of seeing some of Antonio’s performances and approached him sometime last year [2016]since he was arguably amongst the best going around. What struck me as the most valuable part of the coaching sessions that I had with him was his ability to help me learn the basics in a simple and yet deeply effective way. His command over the craft and his ability to transfer it to me was truly remarkable. What made his session easy to absorb was his ability to keep it light and fun, while yet putting me through the rigor that was required. Above all a very warm and wonderful human being, who touches you in many ways beyond his craft. I look forward to working with him soon. “
Rajesh Sahadevan, CEO – Centre of Gravity Strategy Consulting

3- Five crazy voices….one million characters!

This workshop is for discovering the five different voice resonators (chest, neck, mouth, nose and head) and how we can create fun characters with them. It is useful for all styles and genres. The teller can have his/hers own voice when narrating, however it is very helpful and fun, to create different voices for the characters in a story. By doing so, you will have a presentation that will flow better from scene to scene, you will have more clarity in your delivery and then be able to eliminate a series of redundancies that tend to slow the story down.
You will also learn a series of sound effects in this session that will benefit some of your stories and transitions.

4- Kids tell too!

Storytelling is wonderful for kids too. It develops character, language, self confidence and an array of learning strategies. It gives them self-esteem. Antonio adapts the in school workshops based on the ones offered above. The workshops can last one hour to all day and the residencies start but are not limited to one week. The residencies and long workshops can also involve themes being studied at a particular educational institution.

“Antonio’s rapport with young children was outstanding. We all had fun, and students had a chance to develop new skills. It was a wonderful opportunity for the students to think spatially, and for students with strong intelligences in that domain, to excel”
Sue Palfrey, Art Teacher at Plummer-Motz School, Falmouth, ME 1995.

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