Story Exchange, March 2011

This work was staged as part of the development for Art In Motion: The Stories We Tell in which process, personal stories from the lives of the participants were used to develop a shared narrative for performance.

Taking the form of a party with fires burning on a roof terrace, cast, crew and crowd funding benefactors were invited to attend Story Exchange in Jersey City. Each guest was given three playing cards each of which represented the right to demand a story from another guest who would then take the playing card. If a guest was given a playing card they were compelled tell a story. The more stories you told, the more you could demand. Story Exchange is an experiment in the use of game structures to facilitate social exchange and activating the age old scenario of storytelling around the fire.