Since the oral storytelling tradition is a form of live performance, it is impossible to capture the spellcasting quality of Parallel Narratives in digital form. We strictly refrain from using recording equipment or taking pictures in the workshops to create this magic space. However, for those that cannot join us in-person, the remote Audio Reading & Audio Exchange Sessions include a custom audio piece based on your story. Shared with the consent of the participants, below are some samples of the format.
A Single Feather
“The Measurer” is an example of a full length Parallel Narrative audio piece. Based on the life narrative of astrologer Bryan Colter, the piece features motifs from Pacific Northwest history, Archimedes, St. Lucia, European folklore, mysticism, and astronomy. (16 minutes)
“A Single Feather” is a segment from a Parallel Narrative audio piece. Based on an anonymous narrative, the piece features characters and motifs from European folklore to grapple with grief from heartbreak, addiction and loss. (3 minutes)
Parallel Narratives is an intimate and brave space for creativity masterfully facilitated by Trish Denton. Our life narratives—the stories we are used to believing about ourselves and our families—are like enchantments, spells that, through repetition, have bewitched us into believing certain things and ignoring others. The process of Parallel Narratives allowed me to rethink pivotal events, redraw the maps that connected them to other events, and watch as the stories of my classmates flowered in similar ways. I will be forever grateful to Trish for her generosity, and her wisdom in creating such a generative space as this over Zoom, providing us a closeness and community that we so sorely need during a pandemic! Marlène Ramírez-Cancio, 2020