About Manya Maratou

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τέχνης της προφορικής αφήγησης στην Ελλάδα. Είναι μουσικός και
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Manya Maratou is a storyteller.

Manya Maratou Manya Maratou is one of the pioneers of the revival of storytelling in Greece. She has been working as a storyteller since 1996, both as a performer telling stories from her extensive repertoire of myths and folktales from the oral tradition, and as an educator teaching the art of storytelling. She performs regularly at schools, theatres and festivals in Greece and Europe. When telling stories, she usually accompanies herself with her drums, weaving words into the music and music into the words, drawing from her experience as a percussionist. She is a musician, and has played greek traditional darbouka, defi and daouli for folk and rembetika companies. Since 2006 she has been studying and presenting performances of the works of Homer, aiming to present the Odyssey and the Iliad in a contemporary voice which is at the same time loyal to the tradition of oral epic telling. She is bilingual, and tells fluently in Greek and English.

Education

Manya Maratou has studied the flute. She learned how to play the darbouka taking lessons from Michalis Klapakis and by working with Giorgos Gevgelis, both renowned folk musicians.

1988- Diploma of music education for children Orff-Schulwerk, Moraitis School, Athens

1996 onwards she accompanies master storyteller Ben Haggarty in his telling of the Epic of Gilgamesh.

Performances-festivals

Parallel to the telling in schools, educational programs, libraries and museums which is the daily work of the storyteller, the most notable performances/ festivals:

1997 Gilgamesh, accompanying Ben Haggarty at Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival

2000 August: Performed at the story-festival in Cadiz, Andalucia September: Babel Contes, Festival d’ Automne, Paris

2001 March: Gilgamesh in New York with Ben Haggarty Also took part in Workshops and performances in Portugal (Beja), Spain (Guadalajara) and France (La Maison du Conte) for the European Year for Languages, as the representative for Greece

2002 April: International meeting of storytellers, Skalia Theatre, Zakynthos

July: Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival, performing as a storyteller

2004 April: EPOS meeting of storytellers, Tromm, Germany

2005 March: Fabula Storytelling Festival, Stockholm

July: 3rd folktale festival, Kea, Greece

2006: February: Gilgamesh with Ben Haggarty, Barbican, London

March: Performances at Bern, Luzern, Zurich for “Die Welt Erzahlt”

May: Reciting the 1st and 5th book of the Odyssey, in the street, in the centre of Athens

July: Reciting the 5th and 11th book of the Odyssey, at the folktale festival in Kea, Greece

October: Gilgamesh, with Ben Haggarty, at the «Cheltenham Literature Festival” and «Beverly Literature Festival”, UK

2007 April: “Beyond the Border North”, Leeds

July: “Music and tales of the World” Vytina, Greece

August: “Folktale festival” Kea, Greece

2008 January, February : Organising and performing in the “Jaima storytelling tent” Zakynthos, Greece June, July and August: Storytelling for children in the “Jaima storytelling tent”, Municipality of Athens childrens summer camp, Ag. Andreas, Greece

July: folktale festivals in Kea and Vytina

December: the “Jaima storytelling tent” went to Kavala, Greece for performances.

2009 “Rostom and the White Deer” Storytelling illustrated with a drawing on cloth “Maria Morevna” also illustrated on cloth, presented in theatres, schools and festivals all over Greece.

November: Międzynarodowy Festiwal Sztuki Opowiadania , Warsaw.

2010 July: “Beyond the Border storytelling festival”, Wales.

August: Tour of London and N. England, accompanying Ben Haggarty in his telling of Gilgamesh

2011 July: Odyssey II: the Return performed at the Folktale Festival on Kea, after all over Greece

November: Amsterdam Storytelling festival, “Odyssey II: The Return”.  Reading of the whole of the Odyssey in the street, in Athens- with the collaboration of over 25 people. A two day event.

2012 Creation and performance of the whole of the Odyssey, in Parts or serialized ( 5, 6 or 7 one- hour performances) performed at festivals and schools all over Greece. Also a one hour telling of the last book of the Odyssey “The land of the dead, at the fields, peace” performed at the 10th Folktales Festival on Kea

Teaching

1991-2012 she has taught “Storytelling and Music” at the “Marasleion didaskaleio”, continuing education for Kindergarten teachers, at the University of Athens.

She teaches “The art and technique of storytelling” at the Storytelling School created by the Centre for the Study and Dissemination of Folktales. http://www.e-mythos.eu

Also she leads her own workshop- study group “EPOS” , where the students study and experiment on finding their own, contemporary epic voice and language. The workshop is hosted by the theatre group “Baumstrasse” http://www.dentra.gr , with whom she collaborates regularly.

She has taught and inspired many of the young storytellers who are trying out their wings professionally in Greece.

Project Mythologue

Manya Maratou is the creator, organizer and motivator of Project Μythologue: an open, free, public meeting place for people who want to share the experience of hearing and telling stories. We organise events by internet and word of mouth, sharing stories in public spaces, always open and including passers-by.

events organised by the project mythologue: May 2010, after the violent riots that cost three lives, we organised the “Paramythonios” (story-marathon). More than a hundred people gathered on the hill of Philopappou, by the Acropolis, and told stories for about three hours.

November 2011, we read the whole of the Odyssey aloud, in the street (ending up in the editors market, Stoa tou Vivliou, because it was heated). It took us two days, 8hrs a day, to read in relay mode. http://andymichaelides.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/odyssey-reading-in-the-street-day-1-photos/

December 2011: a solstice storytelling night.

September 2012: Public reading of the Iliad in a park, in Athens.

Winter 2012: The Iliad Reading Club: open invitation to read and talk about the experience of reading Homers Iliad. We meet in cafes in the centre of Athens and read aloud and discuss from 4 books of the Iliad. Everyone is welcome to share a favourite part, to read aloud or to just listen.

Contact information I live in Grammatiko, a village near Marathon, about 50 klm from Athens

Mail: manyamaratou@yahoo.co.uk

Phone (mobile) 00306974598242

Facebook: Manya Maratou

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