Allie Olson’s performance A TELLING, explored the ancient tradition of oral storytelling in an era saturated with text, visual symbols and digital media. Inviting every participant into a one on one experience with her, Allie shared true stories from her life inspired by a prompt from each visitor. Her performance questioned the value and intimacy of sharing and hearing a story verbally compared to the online sensation of click and pass. Using her voice and a ceremonial approach, Olson offered a part of herself with each human connection, striving to create an intangible gift of lasting proportions. Inspired by mythology, psychoanalysis and religious ritual, A TELLING was also an experiment in cleansing and compassion. Olson’s bold transparency tells a story of acceptance and the healing it can inspire.