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Published on 20/04/2011 - Edition 2011

Nathalie JENDLY tells some of the many traditional tales she brought back from Japan through Kamishibai.




Kamishibai (literally “paper theater”) dates back to the 12th century, a time when monks in Buddhist temples told stories, often with a moral, thanks to Emaki (rolls with drawings).

Today it is a kind of itinerant theater in which artists tell stories while showing Emaki, quite like Punch and Judy but with pictures instead of puppets.

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Nathalie JENDLY, actress and storyteller


Nathalie JENDLY initiated La Suisse raconte (Switzerland is telling), an intercultural association for immaterial cultural heritage.

She studied show arts, the practice of philosophy with children and cultural mediation in Europe and Canada. She mainly worked as an opera singer, an actress, a theater assistant, a voice-coach, a director, a storyteller and a cultural coordinator.

By practicing speech arts and theater, she aims at preserving the oral heritage by developing several projects through stories and tales, for festivals, theater, opera, schools, libraries and museums.

On her website, she created an online interactive database, which would tell about another Switzerland: that of stories and tales, as well as of the links between those who take part in it, by bringing their own tales.


At Japan Expo, she shows one of the aspects of Japanese traditional culture through stories and tales highlighted by Kamishibai!



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