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The story of a stone told by Maria Carmela Marinelli and Nicola Knappe

Not far from Berlin, near a river, a mighty peak towers into the sky. It has stood unchanged for millennia. That is, until masons came one day and quarried a huge lump of stone out of it, which they carried away with them.

Humboldt Forum, Performance
Humboldt Forum, Performance Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss, Foto: Frank Sperling

This is how it begins – the story of a stone. We can still see them today, the stone figures in and around the Humboldt Forum. One might be Hercules, the hero of antiquity, or Jupiter, the Roman god. Countless stories are associated with these figures. But what can the stone they are made from tell us? What adventures did it experience?

The artists Nicola Knappe and Maria Carmela have devised a programme that entwines the history of the stone figures with mythological tales from antiquity. The result is a humorous and imaginative gesamtkunstwerk [complete art of work] in German and Italian.

Maria Carmela Marinelli is a storyteller, drama teacher (MA) and teacher of German as a second/foreign language (MA). She trained at the Berlin University of the Arts and at the Friedrich Schiller University, Jena. She works with storytelling projects in Berlin and Saxony and appears at international storytelling festivals. She provides training on tandem storytelling, multilingual storytelling and storytelling in foreign language teaching at the universities of Leipzig, Halle and Jena. Her storytelling is remarkable for its vitality, suggestiveness, humour and exuberant spirit. She tells stories in German, Italian and Spanish, and if words are not enough, with her hands, her feet and a huge heart until the sparks really fly.

Nicola Knappe grew up around music and movement. She studied Rhythm, Music and Movement at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). Even before she went to university, her artistic interests focused on the creative transformation of language. She went on to study the teaching of Theatre and Dance with Tanzfabrik Berlin and the Exploratorium, amongst others. Since 2007, Nicola Knappe has taught rhythmic movement at family centres, kindergartens and music schools. She won a scholarship in 2016 to participate in a course in storytelling and in art and education at the UdK, which she successfully completed in 2018. She devises and realises storytelling projects for classes to welcome refugee families and children. She also appears in an artistic capacity telling stories at events, in theatres, at festivals and markets. Nicola Knappe lectures in storytelling at further education colleges in Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. She lectures in movement at the UdK and is an active member of Erzählkunst e.V.  She lives in Karlshorst in Berlin with her three children.

Further information:

  • 3,00 EUR / 1,50 EUR reduced
  • German/Italian
  • Book your ticket in advance online or at the box office in the foyer.
  • The entrance to Hall 3 is in the Schlüterhof next to the Sculpture Hall.
  • Duration: 30 min

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