The Pollution of Ligeia and Leucosia

An interpretation of the sirens from Homer’s The Odyssey through a modern day perspective with commentary on water pollution. Water is the world’s lifeline, an essential element that is becoming toxic to the ecosystem. Ligeia and Leucosia, represented by the dancers, act as symbols for all sea life, forming intimate images that represent the reliance on one another and ultimate destruction that would occur with continued pollution of the oceans.The interactive, live video surrounds these two dancers and visually juxtapose two contemporary and contrasting water situations, the Modesto Superfund site where dry-cleaning chemicals were leaked into the public water well, and the recreational benefits the Tuolumne River brings to Modesto.


Dancers: Nicole Zvarik and Katie Polanshek. Original musical score by Simran Gleason