Persephone: A Rock Ballet will blow your mind, intrigue your soul and touch your heart; with one-of-a-kind choreography and original, live music the timeless Greek myth of Persephone comes to life with a completely redefined interpretation and a modern day twist on Saturday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sondheim Center.
Watch in amazement as Persephone: A Rock Ballet breaks boundaries. The feature length dance epic is driven by a live band led by David J Murphy, and fully choreographed and directed by Hilary Jordan of Passion Dance Studio. Upwards of twenty dancers tell the story of Persephone's transition from victimhood to enlightenment by dancing to 20-odd original songs in a wide multitude of genres.
Greek mythology has for centuries influenced and given birth to stories we know and love today, and that's because of its archetypal nature. Every day we experience the fundamental patterns of human life-some obvious, some subtle. Our forever unfolding individual stories have landmarks with which we can all identify. These landmarks are captured in the many plights of ancient mythological characters. Whether they were gods, fables, or human beings, they were taken through the same emotional challenges we face as modern people in a technological world.
If you nabbed a seat at the 1980's or 1990's Dance Galas, or Fairfield Art of Dance's Alice In Wonderland, or the surprising and popular Local Music Dance Gala in 2011, you've probably had a chance to see Hilary Jordan's expressive and visceral dance choreography on the stage of the Sondheim Center. You may have also heard the original, energetic music of David J Murphy while listening to KRUU 100.1 FM, or at an Open Mic at the Beauty Shop, or beneath the actors in the local 2008 film Wormtooth Nation. So, can you now picture a collaboration between these two local heroes?