"Theatre, with pageantry, circus, street theatre, puppetry, unforgettable images, all set to a live musical score drawn from more than 2,000 years' worth of songs and chants from Greece, Albania, and throughout the Mediterranean- a journey mirroring Odysseus's own." The Odyssey was presented in association with the Charlestown Working Theater and was part of Double Edge's current cycle of work inspired by the artist Marc Chagall, who created a series of original lithographs based on Homer's epic poem.
Photos by David Weiland
In Double Edge's staging, remarkable sets and murals harmonized with music, poetry, and daring aerials. As part of Double Edge’s 30th anniversary year (2012), the company decided to not just remount but truly re-envision its most ambitious and popular summer spectacle to date. The first incarnation of its lush, magical, site-specific adaptation of the famous myth was presented in 2011 to sold-out audiences from around the country. The Boston Globe described the audience as being surrounded throughout by “stunning visual imagery, haunting vocal harmonies, musical accompaniment, and jaw-dropping aerial feats.” Reflected by the movement of the audience to scenes set at different locations over the farm, Odysseus' story shows us the destination is not as important as the experience of the journey.
Overall design conception:
and Design: Adam Bright
Brian Fairley and John Peitso
Text Adapted from Homer, Virgil,
Ovid, Cavafy, and Kazantzakis:
Brian Fairley, with Jennifer Johnson