OUR STORY YOUR STORY

ABOUT

OUR STORY YOUR STORY (OSYS) is a Clowns Without Borders South Africa (CWBSA) project that aims to build bridges within and between communities in South Africa through autobiographical storytelling. We work with participants across racial, gender, religious, and generational lines.

OSYS gives voice to the marginalised through the art of personal narrative; increasing community cohesion and promoting positive change in individuals and whole communities.

OSYS engages participants in an interactive storytelling workshop process where they are guided to identify personal narratives, craft them into stories, and share them with each other. The process culminates with public events designed to share these stories with the greater community.

In 2014, in celebration of 20 years of democracy, we created a platform for youth and elders to tell their true-life stories. Storytelling has immense power to build connections between individuals, between generations, and between the past and the future.

The platform was piloted in Nyanga, Cape Town, from February through April 2014. We worked with elders from Ikamva Labantu and youth from Safety Lab’s Nyanga Yethu Project.

For more information on how to have OUR STORY YOUR STORY come to your community, contact us at linda@cwbsa.org or 021 7883202.

RECENT PROJECTS

TALES FROM TWO DORPIES

WESTERN CAPE
January – May 2017

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WE HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON

WESTERN CAPE
January – June 2016

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CREATIVE ARTS | 2015

WESTERN CAPE
March – December 2015

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TEAM

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – Jayne Batzofin

Contact: jayne@cwbsa.org

Jayne completed her Honours degree at WITS University, majoring in directing and stage/costume design. She decided she wasn’t finished learning and continued a further 2 years of theatre studies at l’ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Jayne as a Director is best known for her “Batzofin Bite” and the common thread amongst all her work has always been based in the fundamental theatre training of “the Clown”. Since becoming a regular Artistic Director for Clowns without Borders South Africa, she has discovered a passion for working in the social upliftment sector of the Arts. Thinking of herself as a wonderer and a wanderer, she continues to develop this passion through her work with CWBSA.

PROGRAMME MANAGER – Linda Kaoma

Contact: linda@cwbsa.org

Linda is a CNN-featured project manager, with over 5 years of experience in project and event management in the creative arts sector. She worked as project manager for the online archive of African poets, Badilisha Poetry X-change. She has worked as festival manager for the international public arts festival, Infecting the City. This UCT alumnus is also a published writer and poet, and was a panellist at the Franschoek Literary Festival in 2015 and 2016. She has a channel on YouTube where she reviews books mostly by African authors.

PROGRAMME DEVELOPER AND FACILITATOR – Lisa Cohen

Contact : lisa@cwbsa.org

Lisa Cohen is a storyteller, facilitator, children’s story author, programme developer, Early Childhood Development advocate and creativity speaker. After graduating from the University of Cape Town with an Honours in Clinical Psychology, she co-founded the Earthchild Project and her own storytelling company, Grow A Tale. She has completed The Storyteller in the Community and Telling True Life Tales courses at International School of Storytelling. Currently working as the Portfolio Manager of Parenting Programmes at Ilifa Labantwana and with Clowns Without Borders South Africa as the Programme Developer for the Our Story Your Story project , she uses personal narrative to build bridges within divided communities.

 

Bearing witness to each other’s stories

When we launched Our Story Your Story 4 years ago, I would never have imagined how being a part of this journey would have moved me in this way – to my knees in awe –  reminding me again and again of our shared humanity.

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