Penelope's Odyssey 


The Executive team has made the decision to postpone the in-person event and filming of Penelope's Odyssey. While we had no reservations about the safety of the audience and crew, we are extremely concerned about the risk for the unmasked performers, due to the new COVID 19 variant. Says Artistic Director Plumb, "The point of this event was to bring the beauty and high caliber, inspirational dancing of Penelope's Odyssey to the public. This dance relies on human emotions and characters whose faces cannot be hidden behind masks. I personally, do not want to risk my health or the health of my dancers to possible exposure to COVID. We are going to wait until we are all vaccinated." We will announce new dates for the Spring soon.


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 its impact on the mental health of veterans. Often seen as boring, this fresh take on The Odyssey tells a story of survival in today’s world.

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Her husband left for war and has been MIA for ten years. She's a single mother and her son is coming of age. 108 suitors are vying for her hand in marriage - but what they really want is her throne. Her loyal maid-servant 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. 



Women's Voices in Antiquity and Now 

with Professor Lauren Caldwell

Link available upon request.

Hosted by the Wadsworth Atheneum 

How do gender roles determine the way women’s voices are heard, interpreted, and hindered? Lauren Caldwell, professor of classics at UMass Amherst, joins choreographer Sonia Plumb to examine how gender roles defined and limited a woman’s ability to carve out her personal and professional lives in ancient Greek and Roman cultures. Choreographer Sonia Plumb will share how Caldwell's research led to her contemporary version in the dance Penelope’s Odyssey. Recorded December 8, 2020.

Co-sponsored with Wadsworth Atheneum.

Supported in part by

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The Odyssey Myth and Relevance with Professor Vincent Tomasso

The Odyssey is relevant today, after 3,000 years.

Major support for this project from the following funders:

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Marion and Maximillan Hoffman Foundation