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Hilde Festerling

Discipline: Storytelling
Homebase: Chilliwack, BC
Regions Available: Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley &, Howe Sound, North
Languages: English

Hilde Festerling is a children's writer and storyteller. Her mission is to spark emotional catharsis and cultural transformation through storytelling. Hilde uses a multi-auditory set piece called the Story Laboratory to bring her stories to life. Hilde: “Through storytelling, I connect children to found treasures; to common objects with profound symbolic significance, to group catharsis. My stories are populated with wild ideas, but they are grounded in the emotional needs of children in this moment.” Humour is a crucial aspect of Hilde’s work; through laughter, she connects her audience with deeper emotions, and with themes of struggle, redemption, and physical connection. As an older, thick woman performing with the entirety of her body, Hilde gives her young audience the message: every body is a good body for performing and creating. Her stories implicitly challenge hierarchical dominator culture and hetero-normativity. Hilde has performed in classrooms, festivals, and at art markets. For the last two years she has been the children’s-storyteller-in-residence at the Subdued Stringband Jamboree in Washington State. Her children’s stories have twice made the long list for CANSCAIP’s annual children’s fiction contest.


Performance(s)

The Story Laboratory Presents: A Giant Schnauzer Named Mort is Not In This Story

School Year: 22-23
Discipline: Music, Theatre, Storytelling, Interdisciplinary
Offered Languages: English
Grade Suitability: K - 7
Duration: 45 Minutes + Q&A
Capacity: 600
Tech Requirements: PA system (I bring my own mics and cables). An hour's setup time in the space.
Available Formats: In Person

Lower Mainland
$575
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$575
Vancouver Island Lower
$0
Vancouver Island Mid
$0
Vancouver Island North
$0
Interior
$0
North
$725
Remote
$0
Kootenays
$0
Virtual
$0

On a hot summer city morning, a little girl named Olivia is on a mission to prove that a kid on a skateboard can beat a '99 Corvette convertible in open race. Two suburbs and a cornfield to the East, her country cousin Sally is wobbling on a balance beam between a nanny goat and an old mutt, determined to become the greatest animal circus trainer of all time. It will take resilience, team-work, a farm truck mishap, and one-and-a-half very badly behaved Giant Schnauzers to bring these two cousins together and make their dreams come true. A Giant Schnauzer Named Mort is Not In This Story is a one-woman theatrical storytelling performance. This story is a deceptively powerful comedy. Through laughter, the audience connects deeply with the themes of struggle, resilience, and teamwork, and with the physical catharsis of a shared emotional experience. The artist travels with a set piece called the Story Laboratory, a sumptuous smorgasbord of musical instruments and sound effects which bring her story to full auditory life. Notably, the Story Laboratory features a 95-year-old banjolele, a toy keytar from the 1980s, a trumpet, and many home-made sound-makers and toys. Telling the story with a wide range of sound-makers and with the full physical performance of her thick, older body, the artist delivers the implicit message: every noise-maker, and every body, is a good instrument, a good body, for artistic creation and expression.

Workshop(s)

The Story Laboratory Workshop plus Performance: Stories Through Sound

School Year: 22-23
Discipline: Music, Theatre, Storytelling, Interdisciplinary
Offered Languages: English
Grade Suitability: K - 7
Duration: 2 One-hour workshops plus a 45 minute performance
Capacity: 30
Tech Requirements: For Performance: a PA system (I bring my own mics and cables) and an hour's setup time in the space.
Available Formats: In Person

Lower Mainland
$725
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$725
Vancouver Island Lower
$0
Vancouver Island Mid
$0
Vancouver Island North
$0
Interior
$0
North
$825
Remote
$0
Kootenays
$0
Virtual
$0

Performance description (up to 600 students): A Giant Schnauzer Named Mort is Not In This Story is a one-woman theatrical storytelling performance. The artist travels with a set piece called the Story Laboratory, a sumptuous smorgasbord of musical instruments and sound effects which bring her story to full auditory life. Notably, the Story Laboratory features a 95-year-old banjolele, a toy keytar from the 1980s, a trumpet, and many home-made sound-makers and toys. Telling the story with a wide range of sound-makers and with the full physical performance of her thick, older body, the artist delivers the implicit message: every noise-maker, and every body, is a good instrument, a good body, for artistic creation and expression. Workshop Description (each workshop up to 30 students): Students will work in small groups to develop stories with sound effects. Hilde will lead the students through a process of creating simple stories which feature a few sources of noise (an animal, a machine, a force of nature, etc) and developing the sound effects to change with the action of the story. Students will make sounds using their voices and bodies, found objects, and pieces from Hilde’s library of sound-makers. Students will experience the way that embodied sound, stories, and the artist/sound-maker are all affected by one another. The performance is suitable for k-7, but the workshop is best for grades 3-7.


Testimonials & Reviews

When Hilde performs for and makes art with children, it is a transformative experience. She talks very seriously with children about art-making, and imparts to them a sense of the value of their own vision and skills as creators. The mobile sound effects set piece she has developed is in itself a mind-expanding tool of musical and sound education. Jane Bicycle, primary and music teacher
For the last two years of the Subdued Stringband Jamboree 2019 and 2021, Hilde has been the resident storyteller in Kidsville. Her bugle call has the children running to hear her fantastic tales. Hilde clearly loves sharing her art with the children. She is intentional and professional in the way that she interacts with them. I highly recommend Hilde for inventive, unconventional, engaging and memorable entertainment. Maryanne Mills, Director of Kidsville, Subdued Stringband Jamboree
"My Students  were enthralled and begged to have her back as soon as possible!" Hannah Beuhrer, grade 3 teacher

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