Performance Calendar

Interested in seeing Odds Bodkin perform live? The following is a list of upcoming performances - hope to see you in the crowd!

FALL OF THE TITANS: An Adult Storytelling on ZOOM

Performance Date: 07-19-2020 @ 7pm

Location: A Worldwide Virtual Concert

At first, she’s just a ball of molten glass 8,000 miles wide.

Gaia.

The primordial earth.

According to the ancient Greeks, she’s the first thing to emerge from the darkness of Chaos. Feeling lonely, she creates the mountains, the sea and the sky. Other children soon follow: streams, salt oceans, the sun and moon, death and memory–twelve titan children in all, perfect in every way. Sometimes they resemble humans, as Gaia can if she wishes. At other times, they are nature itself.

For eons, as her children sweep ecosystems across her surface, Gaia is a good mother to them all, until one day she gives birth to a threat–a Cyclops, and soon after, more monsters. Wisely, the Titans fear them. But Gaia loves her hideous giants.

Now the perfect family of Titans isn’t so lovely anymore, and prophecy drives her son Cronus to swallow his own newborn babies—Hera, Demeter, Hades, Poseidon, and others. Only the last baby escapes, helped by Gaia and the husband she castrated.

The baby’s name is Zeus.

She doesn’t know it, but by saving him, she has brought about the Fall of the Titans.
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In 700 B.C. the Greek poet Hesiod wrote his Theogony—or “birth of the gods”. This tale is Odds Bodkin’s storyteller’s version. A performance for adults. No young children please.

Sponsored by Grendel’s Den in Cambridge, MA. Special meal packages available in the Boston area.

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THE ILIAD: BOOK I for Loyola University Maryland

Performance Date: 09-10-2020 @ 7pm

Location: Loyola Univeristy Maryland

For the 11th year in a row, Odds Bodkin returns to Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore to perform THE ILIAD: BOOK I for Honors and Classics students and faculty. Scored throughout with 12-string guitar, the telling features character voices for Achilles, Agamemnon, Apollo, Khryses the Priest and a host of ancillary characters.

For over a decade, the Classics Department at Loyola has invited Odds each September to perform either THE ILIAD: BOOK I or THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST. Special thanks to Professor Martha Taylor, Chair of Classics, for the annual inviaations.

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GOLDEN RULE 2-DAY RESIDENCY Day 1

Performance Date: 09-21-2020 @ 09:00am

Location: Simonds School, Warner NH

Odds Bodkin visits Simonds School in Warner, New Hampshire for a GOLDEN RULE 2-Day Residency Program. After a 1-hour performance of musical tales about empathy, students attend workshops with the storyteller. We collectively recall each tale and then creatively rewrite it for better outcomes.

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GOLDEN RULE 2-DAY RESIDENCY Day 2

Performance Date: 09-22-2020 @ 09:00am

Location: Simonds School, Warner NH

Odds Bodkin visits Simonds School in Warner, New Hampshire for a GOLDEN RULE 2-Day Residency Program. After a 1-hour performance of musical tales about empathy, students attend workshops with the storyteller. We collectively recall each tale and then creatively rewrite it for better outcomes

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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy for Grades K-3 and 4-6

Performance Date: 10-06-2020 @ 08:30am

Location: Deerfield Community School, Deerfield NH

Odds Bodkin visits Deerfield Community School in Deerfield NH for two performances of GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy. The two different performances for K-3 and 4-6 each include three stories with live music on African thumb piano, Celtic harp and 12-string guitar. After the three tales, he asks students intriguing ethical questions related to the tales they have just heard.

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DANIKA THE ROSE with Jazimina MacNeil, Sarah Shafer and Jonathan Ware for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

Performance Date: 02-21-2021 @ 3pm

Location: Benjamin Franklin Hall, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia PA

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.

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Welcome to the performance calendar – here you can find a list of upcoming shows or down at the bottom, you can use the form to request a performance of your own! Please let us know if you have any questions; we’re happy to help!

SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES

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.

MUSEUM PERFORMANCES

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.

THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES

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.

UNIVERSITY PERFORMANCES

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.

CONTACT: Mil Bodkin, Booking Agent

Phone: (603) 938-5120 or use the form to the left!