GOLDEN RULE: World Stories about Empathy for K-5 / A Zoom Concert for St. Francis School
Odds Bodkin visits St. Francis School in Goshen KY for a GOLDEN RULE performance on ZOOM. After the three stories, Odds opens a Q&A with students asking ethical questions based on the content of the tales they have just heard. GOLDEN RULE is a unique approach to issues of bullying versus kindness that one principal praised as “the best anti-bullying program we’ve ever had, hands down.”Get Details »
ODIN AND THOR BATTLE THE FROST GIANTS: A Zoom Virtual Concert
Odds Bodkin returns to ZOOM to perform ODIN AND THOR BATTLE THE FROST GIANTS on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021 at 5 pm EST. Enjoy an introduction to Viking lore told with Celtic harp and then two Viking myths, THOR’S JOURNEY TO UTGARD and THE MEAD OF POETRY. Each long tale is scored with a different 12-string guitar. Voices for Thor, Loki and Odin, along with a host of giants, dwarves and other curious characters bring these Norse myths to life. At times humorous, at times horrific, these stories are some of Odds’ best.
Come settle in for a evening of the Mind’s Eye.Get Details »
BEOWULF: THE ONLY ONE: An Adult Storytelling on Zoom
Back by popular demand, Odds Bodkin returns with Grendel’s Den in Cambridge MA to Zoom BEOWULF: THE ONLY ONE, his feature-length musical telling of Beowulf. Characters, vocal effects and a full score on 12-string guitar animate this ancient tale of heroism and gratitude. Voices for Beowulf, Grendel, Grendel’s Mother, King Hrothgar and many others along with haunting motifs on 12-string guitar blend into a compelling and vivid imaginative experience. Bodkin’s telling is based closely on the original Beowulf manuscript, the earliest known piece of literature in English.
Come settle in for lore on Celtic harp and then the long tale.
A listener’s review:
“This is the version that made me absolutely fall in love with the Beowulf story, and really understand why it has become such a classic piece of literature. There is such life and emotion in the way Bodkin tells it, that you just can’t get from reading it alone. He takes it from being a dry, unsentimental piece of curriculum and spins it into a deeply moving journey, I always find myself crying by the end of it.”Get Details »
DANIKA THE ROSE with Jazimina MacNeil, Sarah Shafer and Jonathan Ware for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
With mezzo soprano Jazimina MacNeil, soprano Sarah Shafer and pianist Jonathan Ware, Odds Bodkin visits Philadelphia to perform DANIKA THE ROSE, his original adult fairy tale set to Antonin Dvorak’s Moravian Duets.Get Details »
Odds Bodkin offers school assemblies for K-3, 4-6, middle and high school audiences, all with compelling age-appropriate stories. To incorporate Door to Imagination workshops for students and staff, invite him for a 1, 3 or 5 day residency.
The Peabody-Essex Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Sackler Museum at Harvard, the Portland Art Museum and others have enhanced their exhibitions by inviting Mr. Bodkin to tell tales relevant to works on display. As a practicing mythologist, he tells tales from Japan, China, India, Tibet, ancient Greece, Italy, Russia, Scandinavia, Africa, Polynesia, South America, Ethiopia, Egypt, Ireland and England (Arthurian), not to mention Aesop’s Fables, American Tall Tales and ghost stories from New England.
Chautauqua in Boulder, CO, Lincoln Center Institute in New York, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Wharton Center for Performing Arts at Michigan State and others host Odds Bodkin shows for student groups and the public. From The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast to family StoryBlast! concerts where everybody sings together and brings down the house, Odds is a one-man show.
Year after year, Loyola University Maryland hosts The Odyssey or The Iliad: Book I for Classics and Honors students. For seven years in a row, St. Anselm College brought in the entire freshman class for The Iliad: Book I, their first humanities lecture. UC Boulder invites Odds and Naturalist Martin Ogle to team up for StoryEarth, a storytelling and multimedia presentation that explores big questions. University of New Hampshire students invite him to perform his version of Beowulf. Wharton School of Business hires him to tell The Odyssey. All know that Mr. Bodkin can compel university audiences in a way they love. He has also performed at Syracuse, Wofford College, Dartmouth, Colorado College, Boston University, Ohio Dominican University, Emerson College in Great Britain and others.
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