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Q&A: 3Troubadours: Mobile Dreams

Tell us about your show, 3Troubadours: Mobile Dreams.

Mobile Dreams is a poetic, funny and warm storytelling performance about the everlasting human search for connection, truth, freedom and beauty. In a stream of English spiced by their own native tongues (Norwegian, Finnish and Dutch) the performers behind Mobile Dreams tell a string of tales both mythical and personal, all connected by the language of dreams. The performers are Markus Luukkonen (Finland), Tom van Outryve (Belgium) and Torgrim Mellum Stene (Norway). The stories of the show are based on texts/personal experiences of the performers, folk tales and myths from Russia, Flanders and Norway and short stories by R.L. Stevenson and Z. Topelius.

How did you become interested in storytelling?

We are all solo storytellers in our individual countries with different backgrounds. But we’ve all been fascinated by stories and tales from an early age, which led to our choice of career. We met for the first time as participants in a laboratory for European storytellers in the outskirts of Berlin in 2013. In 2015 we met in Ghent in Belgium and spent a residency walking and talking about our lives, our dreams and why we were telling stories; sharing myths, tales and personal anecdotes along the way. We kept this conversation going throughout our touring with the show Mobile Dreams. The tours and the show influence each other, as stories and life influence each other. We have toured with it in the Nordic countries, in Belgium and the Netherlands and now in 2017 in the UK.

Which other storytellers or acts influence you?

We have worked for several years with Abbi Patrix from France and we view him as one of our mentors. Anything that is performed, be it storytelling or other forms, and which has a ring of truth and creates an emotional connection with the audience, can be an influence.

Have you performed at TradFest before? Are there any other acts on the programme you’d recommend seeing?

We have not performed at TradFest before and we are not that familiar with the other acts on the programme. But we look forward to taking part for the first time and experiencing the events that we are able to see!

What does Tradition mean to you?

Tradition is an unbroken stream that we step into every time we tell a tale or myth. Whenever we tell a story, the tongues of the thousands of tellers having told that story before in their own way and in their own context, become alive in us as well. There is a strong beauty to that connection, and a relationship to the continuity of human life and experience.


3Troubadours: Mobile Dreams is on Thu 27 Apr, 8.30pm at the Scottish Storytelling Centre

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