Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, Dance Program, and Classical Studies Program present

Dance at Work in Euripides’s Ion

Sarah Olsen, Assistant Professor of Classics at Williams College

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

This talk compares Euripides’s Ion (ca. 413 BCE) with Fredrick Ashton’s ballet Cinderella (1948), arguing that in both productions, dance serves to foreshadow the titular character’s transformation from rags to royalty. I will further demonstrate that Euripides’s play, in sharp contrast to Ashton’s playful ballet, exploits the ambivalent status of solo dance in the ancient Greek cultural imagination to underscore the tragedy of Ion’s transformation, using the language and imagery of movement to unsettle our assumptions about both Ion and his mother, Creusa.

Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: RKC 103