Bells & Motley Olden Music, Dance, and Storytelling Medieval and Renaissance Arts-in-Education Programs
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Bells & Motley Medieval and Renaissance Arts-in-Education
Multidisciplinary Performances, Workshops, and Residencies
Integrating Core Language and Social Studies Curriculum with

Use the links on this page to connect to pages detailing our different arts-in-education programs. Many pages also feature PDF versions of individual programs, suitable for downloading and printing. You may also download a pdf version of our complete Medieval and Renaissance Catalog of Performances, Workshops, and Residencies.

Please send questions or requests for any other information that you might like by e-mailing us with your Name, Affiliation, Grade Level, Specific Interest, and Contact Information.

  • "The Tale of Yanek & Heliotrope: A Medieval Journey"(sorry no link yet live...please see catalog for more details)
    Historical Musical Theater, presented as either an inspiring stand-alone performance piece, or, in the context of a residency, an introductory performance, a culmination, or community presentation for families. Lavish with authentic detail, the compelling tale provides a context for authentic period music,instruments, languages, symbolism, costumes, dance, and much more.
  • "Tristan & Iseult: The Harper's Tale"
    A great many early versions of the Tale of Tristan and Iseult (or as spelled in Wagner's Germany, Tristan and Isolde) have come down to us from the 12th century, from the time of the troubadours, and of the French Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. The origins of the story are actually much older, harkening back to the time of the Arthurian legends, in which Tristan, Cornwall, and Brittany all play a part. Listeners can use their impressions of these related tales to evoke the setting in this telling that is richly enhanced with period music on the artists' historic instruments. For teen and audiences, the story of Tristan & Iseult provides a powerful introduction to many of the concepts William Shakespeare later uses in his play "Romeo & Juliet."
  • "The Boy Who Went to Visit the North Wind" and "Who Has Heard the Wind"
    Interactive Musical Storytelling for primary school and family audiences, engages everyone in movement, call-and-response listening, creative problem solving, singing, and storytelling arts. Audiences eagerly enter our setting of "long ago & far away" through our historic musical instruments, language, traditions, and technologies. This double program is accompanied by a chamber concert for children, focused on bagpipes, crumhorns, and other wind instruments of the Middle Ages.
  • "Stone Soup: Double Treasure"
    For our very youngest audiences, this an interactive, highly participatory classical storytelling adventure, accompanied by music on Hurdy Gurdy, and a companion mini-concert. Each child is actively involved. This story is offered either as a stand-alone performance piece, or as part of a Medieval Stone Soup Residency, wherein the artists work closely with children to re-create costumes, period soup, dances, and a culminating "living history" medieval feast, all based on period artwork as resources.
Specially designed to integrate the arts into core curriculum (sorry these links are not yet live...please see catalog for descriptions)
  • Medieval or Renaissance Mini-Residency Suite: (link to pdf)
  • Medieval and Renaissance Catalog of Performances, Workshops, and Residencies: (link to pdf)
    Bells & Motley are experienced in planning and implementing a wide range of custom-designed Residencies, Faires, or Festivals, with a focus on integrating the arts into core curriculum for enriched learning. Please download the pdf catalog for complete descriptions, and contact artists for futher examples of past residencies.

    FUNDING is available for integrated arts residencies through BOCES Arts-in-Ed funding, regional Arts Council Local Capacity Building Grants, Meet the Composer, and other grant opportunities. We are rostered artists with Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for residencies in that state. We are pleased to assist you with additional information, guidelines, and support materials to help you with your grant application.

  • "This enrichment brings the Middle Ages ALIVE for my students. The excitement generated by the residency is students can't wait to return to school the next day for more and hate to see the unit end. It is fabulous to see the students flourish. They leave Herkimer Elementary with an experience that they will never forget thanks to the Bromkas' music, dance, art, and vast foundation of authentic information and resources." --- Nancy Rosenburg, Herkimer Elementary 6th Grade Teacher

  • "Education is the primary goal of schools, but the challenge is to have a lasting impact on the students... The Bromkas offer an integrated, multi-sensory program that reaches all types of learners. It compels students to become actively engaged in learning, and the joy of this experience is something that they take with them. Its collaborative and artistic elements provide life skills that a textbook cannot, as students deepen their understanding of history and of themselves." --- Mary Tomaso, Assistant Principal

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