Storytelling is a practice as ancient as mankind itself. Human beings have been telling stories ever since they invented language. For centuries, stories were the medium for passing on wisdom from generation to generation.
We all feel/experience the profound need to feed off of stories. Whether we go to the cinema, switch on the television, open a book or a social media platform, we are all looking for the same thing: a good story that inspires and moves us. But the difference between reading or watching a story and hearing it directly from a person is precisely the sensation of sharing, of profound communication from one human being to another. Oral narration is the most ancient of arts and the memory of these gatherings and of the stories told there that traverse centuries is imprinted into our very cells. When we attend a storytelling performance, we feel suddenly united in an imaginary journey and an ancestral sentiment awakens within us, the certainty of belonging to the same human tribe.
Nowadays these gems of the spoken tradition are still among us, preserved so that we, children and adults alike, can uncover the answers to our questions. Much as our civilisations advance, human nature remains unchanging and these universal tales continue to speak to us since the dawn of time. There are stories about initiation into adulthood, to aid our coming of age, other stories that teach us of the cycle of life and death, others still that tell of our fears, our challenges, our decisions but, throughout them all, a greater, overarching story is told about what it means to be human. This is why they have been passed on by word of mouth for hundreds of years up until today.