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The Storytelling evening „THE BEAR“

The Storytelling evening „THE BEAR“

Meeet-Mitte: Friday, 21.04.2017 8pm (please find the German version of this storytelling evening here / die deutsche Version dieser Ankündigung ist hier):
The Bear



The Bear – True Stories.Erzähltes Leben.

„The Bear is an incredibly inspiring, moving, funny, delightful evening.“Khushi Pasquale, storyteller; June 17, 2016




Dessert for the Heart

The Bear is a monthly storytelling contest in Berlin. The stage is open for true stories, told live in both English and German languages. Live music and lively audience interaction give the evening a cozy and entertaining note.

The Bear celebrates the art of raconteur in a world that is drowning in information and starving for wisdom. We come together as strangers and somehow, leave connected by our shared human experience.


Next time on Friday, the 21st of April, stories about: Crime and Punishment

Prepare a 5-minute story where you crossed the line and the consequences that ensued. Shoplifting in KaDeWe, spraying grafitti 5 stories high; cheating on a test, on your taxes, on your wife; driving too fast, driving too drunk; cutting snails, cursing someone, killing – time in jail, after-school, in hospital; fines, penalties, audits; lost friendships, lost trust; broke, broken bones, a black eye.

Tell us your tales of wrongdoing, victims, and the price you paid.

This month’s special guests are experts in contemplating bevavior: The Bear welcomes parents and members of the Der VAMV Landesverband Berlin – Verband alleinerziehender Mütter und Väter (Association for Single Parents) with a discounted admission ticket.

“The man who has a conscience suffers whilst acknowledging his sin. That is his punishment.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment


Music Act: 

Illay Chester is a sensational, multifaceted musician and composer. Illay uses her cello in an extraordinary ways to create rhythms and sounds that utilize looping, piano, strings and electronic sounds.

A native of Israel, she forms an unique mixture of East and West – from classical, contemporary and electronic music, to everyday sounds and voices from the nearby synagogue and mosque.

Currently Illay is working on her debut album and solo tour. She also performs with the Freak-Folk trio “Traded Pilots” and tours with singer & songwriter Astrid North.



Termin:  Every third Friday per month, 7:30pm doors open | 8:00pm stories begin

Ort: Meeet-Mitte, Chausseestr. 86, 10115 Berlin Mitte

Admission tickets: General 8 Euro, discounted 5 Euro: Seating is not guaranteed, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the show. Admission is not guaranteed for late arrivals. Make a reservation

Links and further information: or

I’d like to tell a story, how does it work?

I’d like to help, what can I do?

Storytelling tips


Short Video-Trailer from a typical evening.
Thank you Johannes Sylvester Fluhr for camera, concept and edit.


THE BEAR Storytelling Season 2016-2017

  • Friday, April 21, 2017 – Crime and Punishment
  • Friday, May 19, 2017
  • Friday, June 23, 2017
  • Friday, July 21, 2017


Die Gastgeber des Abends: Dyane Neiman und Michael Rost

The Bear

Dyane Neiman, Berlin-based, New York-bred, is the business owner of Moving Speaker and the founder of the non-profit storytelling organization THE BEAR. She collaborates with people who want to spread ideas and make messages stick. Dyane is an expert in communication that moves people physically & emotionally. She has been literally moving people all her professional life. As a former award-winning choreographer and director, Dyane moved audiences with her signature style that included “wit, humor, and self-irony” (Handelsblatt).

Dyane is dedicated to inspiring people from all walks of life to discover the power of their own voice and their own stories to move audiences to action.

„… one thing Dyane Neiman never is: boring!“ Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung

Get in touch:

Michael Rost our regular co-host, is a native of Bremen, who fell in love with Berlin and its stories a long time ago. He turned his passion into a profession, and when he is not on stage at The Bear, he is making stones talk as he fascinates people about Berlin in his tour guide business Berlin Erkundungen.

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Banner: Public Domain cc0 of PublicDomainPictures via, portrait Illay: (c) Zippo Zimmermann, pictures: Johannes Sylvester Fluhr, Michael Rost, Portraits Neiman, Rost: private, used with kindly permission