Double Edge Theatre’s “The Odyssey,” presented by College of the Atlantic, takes place on the COA campus on Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14. Admission is free to the public, but reservations are required. Contact or 801-5736. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROB MATTSON

Site-specific performance of ‘The Odyssey’ coming to COA

BAR HARBOR — Double Edge Theatre’s “The Odyssey” comes to the front lawn of College of the Atlantic for two performances Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m.

“The Odyssey” is a traveling outdoor spectacle which re-imagines Odysseus’ mythical journey using the company’s signature mix of flight, poetry, unforgettable imagery, large-scale puppetry and a live musical score.

Double Edge’s Odysseus is a complex figure – the man of twists and turns who not only outwits his adversaries with daring schemes and escapes, but who must face the consequences of his owns actions and the loss of his comrades in the timeless turmoil of war. Recreated on the grounds of College of the Atlantic, the performances invite the audience to see each site transformed by encounters with flying gods, a giant cyclops, the haunting songs of sirens and much more.

“Five senses hardly seem enough for ‘The Odyssey,’ a sumptuous sensory feast that resonates on so many emotional and intellectual levels,” the Boston Globe said in a review of the play.

The site-specific performances of “The Odyssey” at College of the Atlantic are the culmination of a week-long residency hosted by COA in conjunction with Double Edge Theatre, made possible with special support from the New England Foundation for the Arts. The residency runs from May 8-14, and includes scheduled open discussions about the company’s history and work processes, as well as open training sessions with Double Edge company members.

The project is organized and facilitated by COA performing arts faculty member Jodi Baker and students from the Advanced Movement Training class.

“‘The Odyssey’ at COA is, we hope, the next chapter in our efforts to build a long-term creative exchange and collaborative relationship between COA and Double Edge Theatre,” Kiera O’Brien ’18 said.

Admission to “The Odyssey” is free to the public, but reservations are required. Contact or 801-5736.

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