TORRINGTON – The magic of a story well told will come to life March 14 at Five Points Gallery, 33 Main St., Torrington. Sponsored by Canton’s Maxwell Shepherd Memorial Arts Fund, “Folktales and Myths” features Tom Lee, a professional storyteller with 30 years experience performing traditional stories, folktales and myths from cultures around the world.
For this performance, Lee will build his stories around elements of the gallery’s current exhibitions. His presentation will begin at 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Lee performs in theaters and festivals throughout the country. His richly evocative performances allow audience members to reacquaint themselves with the power of a richly told story, and to reflect on their own response to ancient narratives.
When he encounters a traditional story that intrigues him, Lee researches its origins, going back in time through various manuscripts, often in other languages, to get as close as he can to the origin or source of a story. After this process of research and discovery, he crafts his own retelling of the story in a version both true to the original and relevant to audiences of today.
Lee began researching traditional stories while living in Scotland. His first performances were late-night retellings of Grimm’s fairy tales in a tiny theater at the back of a pub.
He is a frequent guest artist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he brings together his passion for research, art, story, and for connection with new audiences. In addition, he is a performing arts partner with the Yale Center for British Art and the Metropolitan Opera Education Conference.
To reach the gallery go to www.fivepointsgallery.org/