Michelle Ellsworth

Phone Homer

Noted video and performing artist Michelle Ellsworth unleashes a one woman, multimedia portrayal of Clytemnestra, the woman left behind as her husband Agamemnon serves as leader of the Greeks in ... More

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About This Performance

Noted video and performing artist Michelle Ellsworth unleashes a one woman, multimedia portrayal of Clytemnestra, the woman left behind as her husband Agamemnon serves as leader of the Greeks in Troy. In Phone Homer she uses series of instructional videos, Skype calls with characters from The Iliad, a kinetic alphabet modeled after the Kinect, hamburger sacrifices, and an entire internet constructed specifically for this show to interpret this mythic character. This world premiere is informed by years of Ellsworth’s research, including the creation of a dress that can solve problems, performable websites, and tools for coping with the obsolescence of the Y-chromosome.

"artistically wild, scientifically accurate movement/theater..." - The Denver Post

 

  • Performance: Mar 17, 2012

  • Venue: On the Boards | Seattle, WA

  • Duration: 60 min

  • Posted: Dec 17, 2012

Cast & Credits

Conceived by Michelle Ellsworth
Clytemnestra Michelle Ellsworth
Aegisthus Michelle Ellsworth
Helen Michelle Ellsworth
Agamemnon Michelle Ellsworth
Penelope Michelle Ellsworth
Electra Tara Rynders
Text Homer
Aeschylus
Text Sampling and Supplementation Michelle Ellsworth
Ann Ellsworth
Music Dave Willey
Art Direction and Web Design Max Bernstein
Costume design and make-up Markas Henry
Janice Benning
Video Bob Shannon
Max Bernstein
Set DesignPriscilla Cohan
Lighting DesignJP Osnes
Web ProgrammingSatchel Spencer
Miscellaneous LanguageErika Randall

About The Artist

Michelle Ellsworth is a dancer, choreographer, video maker, writer, cartoonist, and web designer. In her performances, Ellsworth combines dance with technology, humorously confronting issues such as biodiversity or problems with the shrinkage of the Y chromosome. Since 2007, she has created performable websites that exist as independent sites as well as live pieces. The recipient of a prestigious fellowship from United States Artists honoring leading artists nationally, Ellsworth uses text and movement as a foundation to weave together her signature wit, humor and inquisitiveness. She is noted for her prolific video art, which has included a series of tailor-made motivational videos. Ellsworth has performed at On the Boards, Seattle, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, and Dance Theater Workshop in New York. She has received commissions from DTW, DiverseWorks, Houston, National Performance Network, and the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Department.  She is currently Assistant Professor in Dance at the University of Colorado Boulder.

"artistically wild, scientifically accurate movement/theater..." - The Denver PostPerformance