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Penelope’s Odyssey

September 30 - October 3

Penelope’s Odyssey

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

Buy Tickets 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.

We need to raise $10,000 to rehire our dancers in order to complete the choreography, finish the costumes, and arrange for music, video, lighting design and space rental. How you can help!

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

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

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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


Michaela Esteban / The Maid
Katherine Garcia / The Servant
Jessie Levin / Athena
Sonia Plumb / Penelope
Joan (JoJo) Rodriguez / The Suitor
Andy Santana […]

Penelope’s Odyssey

September 30 - October 3

Penelope’s Odyssey

September 30 - October 3

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2021 Touch – a Digital Duet 5X5 Dance Festival
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2020 Duos & Trios Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT
  Columns Dance Festival Bushnell Park Performance Pavilion
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2019 Lust, Appetite and Death 5X5 Dance Festival