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Penelope’s Odyssey

a woman taking control of her life in a man’s world. Romance, betrayal, single motherhood, despair, faith, courage and loyalty.

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DATE OF PREMIER

October 1-3, 2021

DURATION

75 minutes with no intermission

VENUE

Columns Dance and Wellness Centre

COST

 $20 –  $65

If you have any questions, you can visit our frequently asked questions or drop us a line.

Adults:    $65
Seniors:    $50
Students:    $25

For group tickets please contact our Executive Director: Andrea Blesso.

You can check our frequently asked questions via this link.

If you cannot find the answer to your question, or you would like to contact us for more information, please contact our director Andrea Blesso.

During this historic moment of women’s voices and growth, Penelope’s Odyssey tells the story of Penelope and the women in the classic epic poem “Homer’s The Odyssey.” In this contemporary version, choreographer Sonia Plumb focuses on gender roles and societal norms as seen through the lens of time by weaving in topics of romance, betrayal, single motherhood, arranged marriage, war and perseverance. Often seen as boring, this fresh take on The Odyssey tells a story of survival in today’s world.

Her husband left for war and is MIA. She raising her son as a single mother. Suitors are vying for her hand in marriage – but what they really want is her throne. Her loyal maid- is hungry for a life of her own. Her other employee is a backstabber. She’s hanging on as long as she can to make the choices she wants to make. Inspired by the female characters in Homer’s “The Odyssey.”

Women’s voices. Men listening. Equilibrium.

Audiences are invited to engage in an exciting learning process in a variety of formats both in person and virtual including: “Women’s Voices Then and Now” with professor Lauren Caldwell (UMass Amherst), “The Odyssey – Hero, Host, God or Goddess” with professor Vincent Tomasso (Trinity College), open rehearsals and talk backs with the artistic team and Study Guides in both English and Spanish.

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Creative Team

Sonia Plumb / Choreography and Direction
Jeph Vanger / Composer for Penelope’s Home Video
Rising Appalachia / Music
Maria Piva / Video Editing for Penelope’s Home Video
Michele Sansone / Costumes
Craig Gehr / Lighting Design
Gino Costabile / Set

Dancers

Michaela Esteban / The Maid
Katherine Garcia / The Servant
Jessie Levin / Athena
Sonia Plumb / Penelope
Richard Pye / Odysseus
Joan (JoJo) Rodriguez / The Suitor
Andy Santana / Telemachus
Mark Willis / Poseidon

Education Team
and Consultants

Lauren Caldwell / Professor of Women’s Studies, UMass Amherst
Vincent Tomasso / Professor of Classics, Trinity College

Support and Sponsors

The project is made possible thanks to the support from our friends:

Greater Hartford Arts Council
CT Office of the Arts/DECD
CT Humanities
Edward and Ann Roberts Foundation
Maxmillian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation
CT Office of the Arts ARTE accessibility
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Logo of Connecticut Office of the Arts

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Webinar with Vincent Tomasso

Vincent Tomasso, professor of classics at Trinity College, and choreographer Sonia Plumb reveal the relevance of ancient Greek and Roman cultures through an analysis of Homer’s The Odyssey and Plumb’s contemporary exploration of Penelope in the dance she is choreographing – Penelope’s Odyssey. Co-sponsored with Trinity College and generously supported by a grant from CT Humanities.

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Interview with professor Nina P. on the character of Odysseus

Visiting Connecticut College professor Nina P. shares her thoughts on the character of Odysseus from Homer’s: The Odyssey. Interviewed for Sonia Plumb Dance Company’s The Odyssey (2015) that premiered at the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT.

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Details

Start:
September 30
End:
October 3
Cost:
$25 – $65
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Venue

Columns Dance and Wellness Centre

Organizer

Sonia Plumb Dance Company
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