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In this episode I sit down with Sonia Plumb, Artistic Director at the Sonia Plumb Dance Company.
Sonia invited me to come watch a rehearsal for the upcoming production of The Odyssey, which will be performed in October, 2015. I am a bit unfamiliar with dance and watching the rehearsal gave me a better understanding of the creative process that goes into a choreographed piece.
There’s a hug difference between seeing dance on television and seeing if performed live in front of you. The athleticism and mobility of the dances I saw is truly remarkable – almost breathtaking.
Sonia Plumb and I talked about her background in dance and the work she does with The Sonia Plumb Dance Company. Sonia described how the company is involved in education in the Hartford area by bringing dance into the classroom to help reinforce concepts in science and literature.
Sonia gives a great interview and her passion for dance really comes through in the interview. I can’t wait to see the portions I saw rehearsal performed in the actual production.
All of the work created by the Sonia Plumb Dance company is completely original, from the dance routines to the music which is created by composer Cory Gabel.
As part of their 25th anniversary season, Artistic Director Sonia Plumb and her Company
of modern dance professionals bring a contemporary version of Homer’s “The Odyssey” to West Hartford and Old Saybrook this October. “The Odyssey: An Epic Dance Journey” is a multimedia feast for your senses — with dance, masks and costumes, lighting and scenic effects, video projections of underwater choreography and stage combat, and even original music.
University of Saint Joseph
Carol Autorino Center
1678 Asylum Avenue in West Hartford
- Friday October 2 at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, October 4 at 3:00 p.m.
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The Kate- Katherine Hepburn Theater
300 Main Street in Old Saybrook
- Friday October 8 at 7:30 p.m.
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PLUS, as part of the Company’s “Prep Talk Series,” all performances are preceded by a 30-minute discussion in the second-floor reception room with a local educator about “The Odyssey” to bring audience members up to speed on Homer’s epic poem. Pre-show talks begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Check out this video clip
of a recent performance of “Lotus Eaters,” just one of the sections from “The Odyssey.”