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Love-Connect-Share

I tell stories in order to cultivate love and kindness in the world, to connect with people in a sincere and joyful way and to share the wisdom, magic and power of stories.

In my performances, I tell traditional stories as well as personal stories to people of all ages and abilities. My traditional story repertoire is rooted in Middle Eastern and Balkan folklore where I grew up and my ancestors had lived. I also tell folktales, wonder tales, myths and wisdom stories from all over the world. I like to use riddles, rhymes and ethnic songs in my shows. 

I have told stories on stage, at international festivals, in kindergartens, elementary schools, universities, libraries, museums, exhibitions, companies and at social events. 

The performance concepts that I currently offer are set out below. Besides these concepts, I also design storytelling sessions according to the required content, chosen theme or desired concept of the individual client or organisation. If you would like to make a booking, or to explore how the concepts below could be helpful to you, please do contact me.

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performances

Love-Connect-Share

I tell stories in order to cultivate love and kindness in the world, to connect with people in a sincere and joyful way and to share the wisdom, magic and power of stories.
In my performances, I tell traditional stories as well as personal stories to people of all ages and abilities. My traditional story repertoire is rooted in Middle Eastern and Balkan folklore where I grew up and my ancestors had lived. I also tell folktales, wonder tales, myths and wisdom stories from all over the world. I like to use riddles, rhymes and ethnic songs in my shows. I have told stories on stage, at international festivals, in kindergartens, elementary schools, universities, libraries, museums, exhibitions, companies and at social events.
The performance concepts that I currently offer are set out below. Besides these concepts, I also design storytelling sessions according to the required content, chosen theme or desired concept of the individual client or organisation. If you would like to make a booking, or to explore how the concepts below could be helpful to you, please do contact me.

LET’S ASK WHY!

A Science-Story Journey for Children

Let's Ask Why

‘’We especially need imagination in science.
It is not all mathematics, nor all logic,
but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.”

 

Astronomer Maria Mitchell

If we look around in nature, we could raise many ‘’Why?’’ questions. For example, why do the moon and the sun live in the sky? Why do turtles walk very slowly? Why is there always snow on the mountain peaks even in summer? And much more… 

In this storytelling event, we will travel in the imaginative world of stories chasing after the question ‘’Why?’’. Storyteller and scientist Senem Donatan Mohan will tell us pourquoi (Why?) stories from different cultures of the world and then, in a story-like fun way, she will explain the scientific fact related to each ‘’Why?’’ question in a story-like fun way. 

We will learn science through stories while having plenty of fun along the way!

Age interval: For children between 7-12 years of age

Duration: 45 minutes

THE FERTILE CRESCENT

A Storytelling Performance for Adults

The Fertile Crescent Poster

‘’Joy is more powerful than courage.
Joy can embrace courage.
Where there is joy, there is no fear.’’

 

Prof. Harald Braem, Author, Professor

Are you ready to travel to the land of The Fertile Crescent; to the birthplace of human civilisation? 

Are you ready to travel to an era when people have not forgotten that making love is a divine act?

This is a story about a woman who once felt herself out of balance in the success-oriented masculine world. She then went on a personal journey as she explored her feminine ways and nourished her barren land with the fertile juice of her own creativity and her inner joy. On her way, the love goddess Inanna and the king Gılgamesh accompanied her. They guided her on how to be human and how to be divine.

Performer: Senem Donatan Mohan

Story Coach: Sue Hollingsworth

Poster Design: Rüzgar Buşki

Duration: 75 minutes   

LET’S ASK WHY!

A Science-Story Journey for Children

Let's Ask Why

‘’We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.”

 

Astronomer Maria Mitchell

If we look around in nature, we could raise many ‘’Why?’’ questions. For example, why do the moon and the sun live in the sky? Why do turtles walk very slowly? Why is there always snow on the mountain peaks even in summer? And much more… 

In this storytelling event, we will travel in the imaginative world of stories chasing after the question ‘’Why?’’. Storyteller and scientist Senem Donatan Mohan will tell us pourquoi (Why?) stories from different cultures of the world and then, in a story-like fun way, she will explain the scientific fact related to each ‘’Why?’’ question in a story-like fun way. 

We will learn science through stories while having plenty of fun along the way!

Age interval: For children between 7-12 years of age

Duration: 45 minutes

THE FERTILE CRESCENT

A Storytelling Performance for Adults

The Fertile Crescent Poster

‘’Joy is more powerful than courage. Joy can embrace courage. Where there is joy, there is no fear.’’

 

Prof. Harald Braem, Author, Professor

Are you ready to travel to the land of The Fertile Crescent; to the birthplace of human civilisation? 

Are you ready to travel to an era when people have not forgotten that making love is a divine act?

This is a story about a woman who once felt herself out of balance in the success-oriented masculine world. She then went on a personal journey as she explored her feminine ways and nourished her barren land with the fertile juice of her own creativity and her inner joy. On her way, the love goddess Inanna and the king Gılgamesh accompanied her. They guided her on how to be human and how to be divine.

Performer: Senem Donatan Mohan

Story Coach: Sue Hollingsworth

Poster Design: Rüzgar Buşki

Duration: 75 minutes   

CULINARY STORYTELLING

An Enhanced Sensational Experience

culinarystorytelling

‘’Laughter is the brightest, where food is best and a good story is told.’’

 

Irish Proverb

Food and story are two key phenomena in life which bring us together and provide delight in our lives. In this event, we will have both. While enjoying the appearance, the smell, the texture and the taste of the delicious food, we will listen to tales which originate from what we are eating at that moment. The cheer of the stories will be intertwined with the flavour of the food, and we will savour the moment.

Storyteller: Senem Donatan Mohan

Chef: Saide Esbah Sen

CULINARY STORYTELLING

An Enhanced Sensational Experience

culinarystorytelling

‘’Laughter is the brightest, where food is best and a good story is told.’’

 

Irish Proverb

Food and story are two key phenomena in life which bring us together and provide delight in our lives. In this event, we will have both. While enjoying the appearance, the smell, the texture and the taste of the delicious food, we will listen to tales which originate from what we are eating at that moment. The cheer of the stories will be intertwined with the flavour of the food, and we will savour the moment.

Storyteller: Senem Donatan Mohan

Chef: Saide Esbah Sen

Sue Hollingsworth

Senem is a passionate, committed storyteller with a lightness of spirit and joy in the telling that is infectious. She has excellent audience contact and is always expanding her repertoire.’

Sue Hollingsworth Founder of the Centre for Biographical Storytelling; My long term mentor

Fiona Dowling

I have huge respect for Senem's skills and insights. Her natural and accessible style of storytelling is supported by an affinity with the alchemy of stories and a deep knowledge of stage-craft born out of a life-long involvement with theatre. Her approach is both analytical and intuitive and I am deeply inspired by her way of telling stories with passion and integrity.

Fiona Dowling Storyteller, Visual Artist; My Project Partner in Once Upon A Place

Hakan Emre Ünal

’Senem is not afraid of making mistakes on stage and in life. She is always open to new ideas and new challenges which makes her presence powerful and sincere. The energy she radiates is very inspiring.

Hakan Emre Ünal Actor and Director; My Project Partner in Trom

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