Penelope's Home Video
Penelope's Odyssey - The Dance
"Penelope's Home Video" began as a concept in 2019. It accompanies the dance Penelope's Odyssey, set to premiere November 5-7, 2021. In this contemporary dance, Penelope, the wife of Odysseus, has compiled videos of the two of them before he left for war. These are the memories she hangs on to as she waits, and waits for his return. She has raised their son as a single mother. She is fending off numerous suitors who want her power and money. In the video we see her memories becoming distorted over time.
The video was shot entirely on the island of Crete during the COVID summer of 2021. It took over a year and a half to get there due to the world wide pandemic.
I am thrilled to be collaborating with composer and videographer Jeph Vanger. Maria Piva is editing the video. Interestingly, I found them both through Instagram, one late night while I lay in bed in the deep, dark place of covid forced isolation. I fought long and hard to combat the fear and anxiety created by situation. I have never felt more alone nor more the need to survive and thrive as a dancer and choreographer.
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