Odyssey, John Taylor





She once was a true love of mine


Odyssey, Betsy Torenbos


Beppie Blankert



Louis Andriessen



James Joyce

(exerpt from Ulysses)


Based on the Homers Odysseia and on James Joyce’s Ulysses, Odyssey is the crown on the collaboration between Beppie Blankert and Louis Andriessen. They made this dance concert in 1995/1996. In 2003 it was recreated in co-production with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The composition for four soprano’s and the dance tell the love adventures of Odysseus during his ten year journey home to Ithaka. Penelope, the wife of Odysseus, tells her story with the words of Molly Bloom (Joyce’s personification of Penelope) while she is waiting for him to come home. The work is an example of the interest both Beppie Blankert and Louis Andriessen have in the symbioses of sensuality and detachment in which they find inspiration and structure to create. Played in the open air with four singers, three dancers and one actress, this extraordinary performance brings together the ancient, the old and the new.

Odyssey, Patricia van Nugteren  and John Taylor  


"An ambitious endeavor"

Chicago Tribune

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"A collaboration that breaks down barriers"

Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Sun-Times

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"Blankert brings epic poem to life"

Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

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 "Ancient epic meets early 20th Century modernism and 21st Century site-specific theater

An entrancing, worthwhile journey"

Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune

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"Solidly Monumental...  Superb....  Phenomenal....   Splendid...."


Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

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"Remarkable work that challenges perception"

Deborah Jowitt, the Village Voice

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"It's a real multidisciplinary effort"

Louise Kennedy, the Boston Globe

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"Strong concept, evocative soundscape, intriguing movement, superb acting.."

Karen Nelson, Daily Hampshire Gazette

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Photographs © Marco Borgreve


The 2003 tour is made possible by a subsidy from the Netherlands Cultural Fund, a program to intensify international cultural relations of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, VSB fonds and The Netherland America Foundation.

Special thanks to Laurie Uprichard (Danspace Project, New York) and Martine Dekker (Studio Dok, Amsterdam)

Grand Theatre in Groningen (the Netherlands) generously supports the tour.



Chicago (IL)

Museum of Contemporary Art

May 14 – 18 2003

New York (NY)

Arts & Ideas Program of the

World Financial Centre

May 29 – 30 2003

Terschelling (NL)

Oerol Festival

June 13 – 21 2003

Den Helder (NL)

Kaap Helder

July 16 - 19 2003

Hoorn (NL)


July 24 – 27 2003

Holyoke (MA)

Massachusetts International Festival of Arts

October 15 - 18 2003