Penelope’s Odyssey tells the story of Penelope and the women in the classic epic poem, Homer’s The Odyssey, through dance. 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. In partnership with The Bushnell’s “Local Arts Stage” community digital arts project, dancers and audiences are surrounded by projections filmed in Greece – underwater, in the mountains, and in the ruins. Penelope’s husband left for war and is MIA. She is raising their son as a single mother. A suitor is 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 in order to make the choices she wants to make.
This event is free for Castleton students. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for staff and faculty.