Japanese Storyteller and Mime Motoko Comes to Tamworth to Entertain and Educate

Arts Council of Tamworth is excited to bring Japanese storyteller and mime Motoko to Tamworth for five days of school and community workshops and to entertain and delight us with her storytelling in a performance on Friday, November 6 at 7:30 PM at Tamworth Congregational Church in Tamworth. Tickets on sale online at artstamworth.org and at the door. Choose Your Own Ticket Price, $5 to $30 for adults, $0 to $5 for youth to 18. Ticket revenues help support free workshops and performances in school and community—please invite your friends!

Motoko will offer two workshops for the public. On Tuesday, November 3, join us for a professional development workshop, “Storytelling, Movement and Creativity,” for teachers in all grades and subjects and other interested parties, 3:30-5:00 PM at the K. A. Brett School in Tamworth, NH. Refreshments at 3:30, workshop at 3:45. Please RSVP if you are able: artstamworth@gmail.com. On Wednesday, November 4, come to a Storytelling Lab with Motoko at Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth, 6:30-8:30 PM. People preparing stories for Tamworth’s 250th and everyone else are welcome to come learn skills for telling a riveting story—no experience necessary. Bring refreshments to share if you wish. Both workshops are free; donations welcome. Motoko will be in residency at K. A. Brett from November 2-6, and will tell stories to various age groups on Monday, November 2. Interested homeschoolers are welcome to participate. Contact the school at 603-323-7271 for the schedule.

A native of Osaka, Japan, Motoko first came to the US as an exchange student to University of Massachusetts. She trained with late master mime Tony Montanaro (1927-2002). Her partner Eshu Bumpus introduced her to the world of American storytelling. Motoko has performed professionally since 1993, going to hundreds of schools, libraries, museums and festivals. Motoko has appeared on “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” and an educational video by Harcourt, and has been awarded numerous grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and New York State BOCES. Her debut CD, “The Promise of Chrysanthemums,” won a Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award and a Storytelling World Award.

Motoko’s residency is sponsored by generous business sponsor The Other Store and is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies, with support from the K. A. Brett School, the Tamworth PTA, and from media sponsors The Conway Daily Sun, 93.5 WMWV and Magic104FM. Tamworth Caregivers can provide rides to performances and workshops for those otherwise unable to attend; contact them at 603-323-7697. More info: artstamworth.org, 603-323-0104.

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