I am so excited that the DVD is out and now available for sale online! Please pass on the word of this to anyone you think may be interested.
Blessings, - Brian
Please join Performing Storyteller Brian Rohr, host of the popular First Friday Storynight at BLTC in Port Townsend, WA, in celebrating the exciting new release of his first professional DVD, entitled Eating Baba Yaga: An Evening with Brian Rohr.
This live DVD captures Rohr’s premier Chicago performance of a similar title: Eating Baba Yaga: Myths and Stories of Surviving the Extraordinary Life.
In 2007, Rohr left the Chicago, the land where he was born and raised, for Port Townsend in order to study with local Master Storyteller and Mythologist Daniel Deardorff. Since that time, he has become a professional performing Storyteller in his own right, performing at and creating many events locally and beyond, including having just finished his first West Coast tour this summer. Five months ago, in March, Rohr returned to Chicago for his first Storytelling performance since he left almost four years prior. Presented at the Elastic Arts Foundation, the performance was professionally recorded on High Definition, edited and mastered into a 71 minute long DVD by Carlton Brown of TotalVision Media. It consists of two full stories (18 and 38 minutes long respectively) and teachings of the mythopoetic and archetypal ways of understanding these stories and how they deeply relate to our lives.
In an effort to make sure that Rohr’s artistry on stage was fully honored, his brother, known Chicago artist Andy Rohr, took on the challenge of creating cover art that did true justice to both the stories and the telling’s.
“My brother was getting married in about 6 weeks, so the last thing I wanted to do was ask him to take on another project beyond what he was already doing. All I did was show him the cover art I had designed. I received an email back shortly afterword saying, ‘we can do better than this,’ and with such generosity, he proceeded to create something unique and creative, beyond my greatest imaging!”
Often considered the witch from the Russian Fairy Tales, Baba Yaga is a formidable character. When Ivan enters into the clearing in the forest, he sees a hut rotating around on chicken legs, the door always facing East and surrounding the hut are thirteen spikes, twelve with the heads of young men on them and the thirteenth looking conspicuously empty. “This is Baba Yaga’s home” Says Rohr, “Not somewhere where you want to happen upon by accident.” But, explains Rohr, she is also a great agent of change and purpose, challenging us to be the complex individuals we are meant to be. “In some ways, she is that fierce part of the Divine Feminine that is willing to destroy what is simple and still thinking in ‘black & white.’ She challenges us to intrigue her, to find the third answer when only two choices are offered, to show that we have learned something when we walked ‘alone’ in the forest.
More information about Rohr and the DVD can be found at www.brianrohr.com