Academic department under which the project should be listed

Theatre & Performance Studies

Faculty Sponsor Name

Thomas Fish

Project Type

Event

Abstract (300 words maximum)

Everyone knows about Greek mythology, especially the famous gods referenced in The Odyssey, but have they taken the time to try and connect these beings to a personal experience? Many people can recognize Homer’s story, because at some point in life, nearly every student has read and experienced it on some level. In a two part piece opening with visuals and moving into a poetic performance, we focus on Calypso and Athenas insight on a lack of love from men. We zoom into the scene where Odysseus has just left Calypso’s island and gone into the clutches of berserk Poseidon where Athena must find a way to keep her uncle at bay no matter what. We took this ancient story and connected its characters to a contemporary context by creating threads between mythical characters and their essence, to modern-day human experiences. Goddesses Breaking Waves is a feminist piece that deals with the themes of desperation, freedom, and finding self-worth. We dive into how contemporary young girls can borrow strength from brilliant goddesses to triumph over men who hold them back!

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Goddesses' Breaking Waves

Everyone knows about Greek mythology, especially the famous gods referenced in The Odyssey, but have they taken the time to try and connect these beings to a personal experience? Many people can recognize Homer’s story, because at some point in life, nearly every student has read and experienced it on some level. In a two part piece opening with visuals and moving into a poetic performance, we focus on Calypso and Athenas insight on a lack of love from men. We zoom into the scene where Odysseus has just left Calypso’s island and gone into the clutches of berserk Poseidon where Athena must find a way to keep her uncle at bay no matter what. We took this ancient story and connected its characters to a contemporary context by creating threads between mythical characters and their essence, to modern-day human experiences. Goddesses Breaking Waves is a feminist piece that deals with the themes of desperation, freedom, and finding self-worth. We dive into how contemporary young girls can borrow strength from brilliant goddesses to triumph over men who hold them back!