A Visit with Josie Wowolla Boyle of the Wongi People

Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 in Australia, Conversations, News, Parabola, Storytelling, Travels |

During her trip to Australia earlier this year, Diane had a chance to sit with and interview Josie Wowolla Boyle, an Aboriginal storyteller, singer and painter who has shared the stories and traditions of the Wongi people for five decades. That conversation is now in the Winter 2011–2012 issue (“Many Paths, One Truth”) of Parabola Magazine. “Everyone is teaching the child, especially the storytellers. The stories give the child wisdom. A storyteller tells a story while...

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Pure Happiness!

Posted by on Mar 10, 2011 in Australia, New Zealand, Travels | 2 comments

Dear Friends, I’ve just returned from a six week journey to Australia and New Zealand. In Australia I was performing, with Jeff Greene and sometimes alone, Monkey King as well as giving storytelling workshops (see monkeykingepic.com). In New Zealand I was admiring the land and talking art, politics and philosophy with my friend Mark on our long car rides. What particularly touched me about these countries was the genuine warmth of the people. Their ability to listen, to focus, to be...

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Letter from Canberra

Posted by on Feb 20, 2011 in Australia, Guest Commentators, Monkey King, News, Special performances, Storytelling | 1 comment

“Leonie,” who came to the Monkey King performances in Canberra on February 2nd, writes: Dear Diane, The performance of the Monkey King: Journey to the West at the National Gallery of Australia at the Chinese New Year in February 2011 was transporting. Throughout the performance Jeff Greene’s music enhanced the story telling, deepening the audience’s experience of each character. In particular the cone xylophone made a beautiful and fluid sound. The soundscape...

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Postcard from Sydney

Posted by on Feb 16, 2011 in Australia, News, Schools and libraries, Special performances, Storytelling |

Time to share with you a few more images from Diane’s Australian tour, this time from New South Wales. Above and below are two photos taken at the Kamaroi Rudolf Steiner Primary School in Belrose, where Diane told for the children there on February 14th. A rare Valentine’s Day treat! Among the many people Diane met down under was a student teacher and dancer named Mei, who attended Diane’s storytelling workshop in Sydney on September 12th (sponsored by the Australian...

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Australia 2011

Posted by on Feb 15, 2011 in Australia, Photos, Travel Photos, Travels |

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Postcard from Perth

Posted by on Feb 9, 2011 in Australia, Monkey King, News, Special performances, Storytelling |

We share with you two glimpses of Diane’s performance of the Monkey King epic at the University of Western Australia in Crawley (Perth area) from February 8th. “Watching Diane is an awe–inspiring gift. Last night I sat spell–bound for two and a half hours as Diane brought forth different characters from Monkey King. In her enactment — it is no mere performance — she is accessing something much more than can be found via discipline and memory. Watching her I...

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Australian Sky: Canberra to Perth

Posted by on Feb 6, 2011 in Australia, Meditative Photos, Photos, Travels |

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Diane on Late Night Live

Posted by on Feb 3, 2011 in Australia, Interviews, Monkey King, News, Radio appearances |

  When Diane first performed in Australia (1995–1996), she had the pleasure of speaking with Phillip Adams on Late Night Live, one of the longest–running radio conversation shows on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National service. While recently in Canberra, Diana returned to the microphones of Radio National to speak with Mr. Adams about the Monkey King Epic. It is now available here in the Late Night Live archives of the ABC Radio National website....

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Postcard from Canberra

Posted by on Feb 3, 2011 in Australia, Monkey King, Special performances, Storytelling |

These were some of the moments captured at the morning and evening performances of the Monkey King Epic at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra on February 2nd, with Diane Wolkstein and musician Jeff Greene. “A great success! Diane’s storytelling is so totally absorbing you forget where you are and totally enter the world she and Jeff create in their performance.” —Edie Young, Public Programs Officer, National Gallery of Australia Share with friends and...

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Melbourne welcomes Handsome Monkey King

Posted by on Feb 1, 2011 in Australia, Monkey King, News, Special performances, Storytelling |

Time for an update of Diane and musician Jeff Greene’s tour of Australia — and specifically about the January 30th performance of the Monkey King Epic (a/k/a Journey to the West) inside the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. Jackie Kerin, director of the Storytelling Guild of Australia’s Victoria Branch recently posted on the Guild’s blog: Members of the Vic Guild and guests from South Australia and Tasmania gathered in the Great Hall to hear Diane Wolkstein...

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Australia’s High Country 2011

Posted by on Jan 29, 2011 in Australia, Photos, Travel Photos, Travels |

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Postcard from High Valley

Posted by on Jan 29, 2011 in Australia, Monkey King, Schools and libraries, Storytelling | 2 comments

What a special moment. As I spoke the words in Journey to the West: “What did Monkey King find? To be concise, a paradise. A paradise on earth.” And at that moment, Jeff and I were looking at an Australian Paradise — the High Country. Share with friends and family:Tweet

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