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Bromka, Sondra & John The Tale of Tristan & Iseult: An Arthurian Legend Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This most famous of all classic love stories was originally set in Celtic antiquity, and an important component of the Arthurian legends. In the 12th century, the tale was already 600 years old when it captured the imagination of Medieval France’s famous storyteller-poet-musicians, the troubadours. The powerful story continued its long journey through the ages... inspiring many works in turn, including Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet). Bells & Motley present a telling that is authentic, yet lively, accessible, highly charged, and mysterious - full of all of the original symbolism, intrigue, and purpose. In ancient bardic style, it features a simple setting, rich language, and complex emotions evoked through the power of music. Rare historic instruments include the Medieval keyed fiddle, low-voiced recorders, ancient gut-strung bray harp, and Celtic harp. Musical selections include the same historic pieces that were part of Medieval tellings, as inspired by this enduring tale.
$351- $500
Oshlag, Rebecca and Rachel An Evening at 221 B Baker Street Performing Arts- Storytelling
An Evening at 221B Baker Street features the telling of “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” by Rachel and Rebecca Oshlag of StoriesGalorious. Like elocutionists of earlier times, these storytellers adhere closely to the written word in their recitation and interpretation of literary works. Their performance enlivens the tale of a damsel in distress, cunning villain, stalwart companion, and hero of reason and action. Audience members unfamiliar with the plot will be engrossed by the story while admirers of Sherlock stories will be enthralled by the telling of one Holmes’ most rousing adventures. Rachel and Rebecca provide an introduction to the story, and they entertain questions and comments afterwards.
$101- $200
Fultz, Dave Problem Solving and Learning Through Juggling Performing Arts- Juggling
This is a fun, informative and unique program that uses learning to juggle as an example of how to keep negative emotions from getting in the way of the learning process. Western New York juggler, Dave Fultz, discusses how negative emotions such as fear, confusion, and frustration can get in the way when you are trying to learn something that you may find difficult. A step-by-step incremental approach is introduced where each step has a clearly defined objective. Once you reach your goal for each step, you are prepared and confident that you can handle the next step. Kid's will learn the very best tried and true method of learning to juggle while they learn to learn. This is a humorous, entertaining and memorable approach to education that students may find helpful for many years to come.
$101- $200
Theater, Open Hand The Stonecutter Health & Fitness- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Japanese theater, with bunraque and other forms of puppetry. A contemporary story “The Mountain that Loved a Bird” is woven through this performance about ambition, integrity and caring for ones world. A brief demonstration of different puppet styles follows each program.
$501- $1000
Gertsacov, Adam Acme Miniature Flea Circus Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Other,
Science
The Acme Miniature Flea Circus is an authentic Victorian style flea circus that features Midge and Madge, trained fleas, who perform Spectacular Circus Stunts As Seen Before (and on top of) The Crowned Heads of Europe. The show was deemed one of the top shows at the Minnesota Fringe, Montreal Fringe, Piccolo Spoleto, San Francisco Fringe, and many others. The Los Angeles Times said: -'Professor Gertsacov has the audience (and the performers) in the palm of his hand.' Many other quotes and a video, are available at http://www.trainedfleas.com.
$501- $1000
Edgecomb, Diane A Thousand Doorways: Journey Among the Kurds of Turkey Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
A chance meeting with a young Kurdish refugee sets an American storyteller on a quest of danger and discovery to bring to the world the ancient legends of this oppressed culture. This is the deeply moving, richly humorous story of one woman’s journey through the remote mountains of Turkey and of the extraordinary people who shared their lives and stories with her.
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John A Celtic Mid-Winter Revel: Music for the 12 Days of Christmas Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Celtic Christmas and Mid-Winter celebrations through the centuries were a twelve-day flurry of spirited songs, mythical airs, quaint traditions, and mirthful customs and stories. The duo of John and Sondra Bromka offer an evocative and festive collection of seasonal music on their diverse array of Celtic instruments including harp, hammered dulcimer, 2 kinds of historic bagpipes, button accordeon, Irish cittern, bodhran, and guitar.
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John 'THE ANT & THE GRASSHOPPER, AESOP'S FABLED FIDDLER' - Dreamers & Doers, It Takes Both! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Dance
Bells & Motley's musical storytelling performance is a Greek classic concerning the value of Dreaming, Digging In, and Doing! We all understand how our lives' pressing labors hang in a balance with the wonders of artistry and expression, through colors and sounds and dances. In our telling, we are confident that all will appreciate the carefully drawn moral concerning the value of both work & play. As we weave the tale through Ant and Grasshopper’s year in four episodes, each scene begins with the appropriate movement of Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' evocatively performed by the artists on harp, nyckelharpa, tromba marina, and winds. The action and mystique of the tale are further highlighted by the audiences’ contributions on medieval fiddles (researched and built by the artists themselves), percussion, and dancing. At the end of our maiden performance of this show, a young fellow excitedly asked: 'Where will we all be performing this next?' Exploratory Expressions by audience+artists, before the performance: -The Grasshopper's Fiddling Troupe - The Ant's Percussion Troupe - The Butterfly Dancers And now, Dear Audience, Places!! Let the story begin as together we play and sing the 15th c. song of 'El Grillo' the Cricket!
$351- $500
Didgeridoo, Down Under Didgeridoo Down Under: Australian Music - Education - Entertainment! Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Didgeridoo Down Under is a high-energy, Australia-themed show that combines music, culture, puppetry, comedy, character building, storytelling and audience participation. The didgeridoo, usually a hollow tree trunk, has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years, and is known for its otherworldly sound. But DDU is more than music. It’s interactive, educational, motivational and super fun for all ages!
$351- $500
Davis, Katie Great Storytelling in Words and Pictures Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Visual Arts- Cartooning
Beginning: How to draw great characters, brainstorm, and create a ‘voice’ for characters. Middle: Establish plot, setting, and conflict. End: Edit and re-write the story and create a resolution! Assemblies: Katie teaches story construction, sequencing, how ideas transform from thought to published book. Audience learns to do drawings of emotions, Katie shares her own mistakes, and teaches skills students can use when creating their own stories. Highly interactive program - audience helps write a story; volunteers make different emotional expressions. Katie draws their faces on the characters and together they create a new narrative with emphasis on beginning, middle and end. Workshops: brainstorming, plotting, descriptive narrative, and character development. Illustration: Katie teaches HOW TO SEE so you’re able to illustrate any story you write. Dear Katie, I'm usually 'ho-hum' when it comes to author visits. You were one to change my mind! You were...the best ever writing session, and I truly mean it! Jayne Pitt, teacher
$1001- $3000
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