Monkey King at the Norton Museum of Art

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Chinese Literature, Monkey King, News, Special performances, Storytelling |

I recently returned from a wonderful trip to West Palm Beach’s renowned Norton Museum of Art where Neel Shulka and I performed Monkey King: Journey to the West for a packed house! Click here for photos, my thoughts on the performance and more. All photographs ©2012 Brodigan Photography. Share with friends and...

Read More

Monkey King at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum, May 6th

Posted by on Apr 24, 2012 in Headline News, Monkey King, News, Special performances, Storytelling |

On Sunday May 6th, Monkey King, our beloved Great Sage Equal to Heaven, will be cloud–somersaulting to San Francisco and wreck havoc in Heaven! Don’t miss this funny, inspiring, and family–friendly adventure at the Asian Art Museum‘s Target Free Sundays event! Journey to the West, China’s most famous epic, is the tale of the impetuous Monkey King, who sets out in search of immortality and learns such extraordinary skills that no one &mdashl not the Sun, not the...

Read More

An intimate performance of “Journey to the West”
on May 5th in Berkeley

Posted by on Apr 23, 2012 in Headline News, Monkey King, News, Special performances, Storytelling | 1 comment

An intimate performance of “Journey to the West” on May 5th in Berkeley

Please join us for the spiritual adventure of the impetuous, all–powerful Monkey King, whose concerns are himself, and the pure–hearted, determined Tang Priest, who wants to help others. Together they struggle not only with demons and ogres, but with one another, as they travel from China to India to bring back the Buddhist scriptures. Based on the travels of the historical monk Sanzang. Diane Wolkstein has been researching the story for the past 5 years in India, China, and Taiwan...

Read More

Taiwan / Weeks 7 & 8: Surprises Big and Small

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 in Monkey King, Schools and libraries, Special performances, Storytelling, Taiwan, Travels | 11 comments

Taiwan / Weeks 7 & 8: Surprises Big and Small

Surprise: The Big Secret (mee mee in Chinese)   Before leaving for Taiwan, I contacted the American School in Kaohsiung. I had the idea to both tell the new stories from Journey to the West that I was hoping to translate in Kaohsiung and to work with the teachers at the American School to identify the Chinese words that were most relevant to the children for the story. A week after arriving, I visited the school and met with the Principal of the Middle School, Gerry Dery, an affable, easy...

Read More

Monkey King at Provincetown Playhouse

Posted by on Nov 8, 2011 in Monkey King, News, Special performances, Storytelling |

  Blessings and thanks to all who came to see Diane and musician Jeff Greene’s Monkey King: Journey to the West performance at Provincetown Playhouse on Sunday, November 6th.     Photography: Mark Roberts.   Be sure to visit the Monkey King Epic website for more about the famous Chinese epic and to be in the know about future performances. Share with friends and...

Read More

Storytelling at the Terence Cooke Hospital

Posted by on Nov 8, 2011 in News, Photos, Special performances, Storytelling |

Just found this photo from 2004 of me telling bible stories to patients at the Terence Cooke Hospital. It was a wonderful storytelling series, organized by Hasna El Badaoui. Share with friends and family:Tweet

Read More

The Elsie Piddock Skipping Contest Winners for 2011…

Posted by on Sep 19, 2011 in Central Park, Contests, News, Special performances, Storytelling, Summertime |

  …are Vicky Belin (age 38, pictured right with her two children), a software developer; and Alexis LaCross (age 8, pictured left) an Essex Elementary School student from Ivoryton, CT., who loves to swim and dance — and is also a co–author (with her mom, Pamela Cordell Avis) of the recently published book A Celebration of Breakfast (!).   As the 1st Place winner, Vicky took home a copy of Diane’s Romping CD for her family. Alexis, who took 2nd Place, chose...

Read More

Postcard from Nebraska

Posted by on Sep 12, 2011 in Schools and libraries, Special performances, Storytelling, Travels |

Photo courtesy Nebraska StoryArts.   Diane and musician Jeff Greene (below) send their heartfelt thanks to all the people they met last week in Nebraska — including the many who attended the Moonshell Storytelling Festival in Ashland on September 10th.   Photo courtesy Nebraska StoryArts.   Among the many who enjoyed the Moonshell Festival were photographer José Francisco Garcia, who took the two photos above (and more to enjoy in this Google Picasa...

Read More

Diane at the Moonshell Storytelling Festival

Posted by on Sep 2, 2011 in Headline News, News, Special performances, Storytelling |

  If you live in Nebraska, you have a great opportunity on Saturday, September 10th, to hear Diane — along with Baba Jamal Koram, Willy Claflin, and Lucy Duncan — at the Moonshell Storytelling Festival, held inside Ashland’s Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. The festival will feature family–friendly storytelling from during the daylight hours, storytelling workshops, a swap, and ghost stories in the evening.   For more details, see our Calendar or download the...

Read More

Fun at Parabola Live

Posted by on Mar 27, 2011 in Monkey King, News, Parabola, Special performances, Storytelling |

Join us on the 25th of April at NYU’s Kimmel Center for more (further details in the Calendar)! Share with friends and family:Tweet

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More