September 25 and 26, 2020

Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT



Choreography: Sonia Plumb

Music: Cory Gabel

Dancers:  Sonia Plumb and Andy Santana

Costumes: Gail Fresia

“Displaced” is an excerpt from Water Wars that premiered at the University of Saint Joseph in 2012.


Excerpts from Dance of da Vinci 2.0

Choreography: Sonia Plumb

Music: Michael Wall (SoundFORMovement)

Costumes: Sabrina Notarfrancisco

Dancers: Katie Garcia, Myles Hunter, Olivia Passarelli, JoJo Rodriguez, Andy Santana

  • Vitruvian Man/Woman

  • Lemurpa Light

  • Lust

  • Appetite

  • Elephants


Dance of da Vinci 2.0 premiered at the Hill-Stead Museum July 2020 with support from the Greater Hartford Arts Council and private donations. Dance of da Vinci 2.0 was originally scheduled to premier in March 2020 just as the world went into lockdown due to COVID19. It was one of the first dances to be performed live during the pandemic with all necessary protocol in place. All dancers adhered to strict guidelines and were able to perform safely in front of a live audience.


“Touch – Phase 1”

Choreography and Dancers: Sonia Plumb and Richard Pye

Video: Richard Pye

Music: Elinor Speirs

To view “Touch” you may click on this link: https://vimeo.com/461586816/3101da0cce

“Touch – Phase 1” was created during quarantine between May and June 2020 as a cross-Atlantic, virtual project. Elinor was in South Africa, Richard in London and Sonia in Connecticut. “Touch” was funded in part by a mini-grant for teaching artists through the Connecticut Office of the Arts.


“The Queen, The Suitor & The Maid” – (Work in Progress)

Choreography: Sonia Plumb

Dancers: Katie Garcia, Sonia Plumb and JoJo Rodriguez

Music: “Pretty Lil’ Foot” and “Cuckoo” by Rising Appalachia

Costumes: Chinn McPherson and Gail Fresia


“The Queen, The Suitor & Her Maid” is an excerpt from Penelope’s Odyssey a full-length dance inspired by the women in Homer’s: The Odyssey. Originally scheduled to premier as a live performance this October, the dance will now be performed with a digital version and in-person performance in the Spring of 2021.. Numerous virtual webinars and workshops are scheduled for this Fall. Support for Penelope’s Odyssey comes from The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, The Connecticut Office of the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, Connecticut Humanities (made possible by the State of Connecticut and the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Marion and Mable Hoffman Foundation.


“Too Close to the Light”

Choreography: Sonia Plumb

Music: “Night Bugs Sing Silently” by Motohiro Nakashima

Dancers:  Myles Hunter and Olivia Passarelli

Costumes: Gail Fresia

“Too Close to the Light” premiered in 2013 at the University of Saint Joseph. Inspired by the work of theatrical lighting and movement artist Loie Fuller.


For This Production

Lighting Design: Craig Gehr

Stage Manager: Chloe Trotta-Smith

Live Stream services by Samari Studios LLC

Volunteers: Anita Baker – Evaluationservices.co

Marketing: Buzz-Engine

Social Media: JoJo Rodriguez


Board of Directors

Claude Mayo, Board Chair

Chenna Richards



Many thanks to the Hill-Stead Museum staff for their continued support of the arts in Greater Hartford and to opening up their space during this time of COVID.


Thank you to our individual donors who are too numerous to list in this program. Please ask for annual report, soon to be published to see all those who make our programming possible.



Greater Hartford Arts Council

Connecticut Office of the Arts


23 Scholarships

Sustainable CT

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Betty Knox Foundation

Ensworth Charitable Foundation


COVID Relief Funds

Connecticut Office of the Arts

Greater Hartford Arts Council

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving