Eighteen storytellers - Twelve hours - One timeless epic tale
Help us bring Odysseus home!
On June 16, 2012, Ottawa StoryTellers is presenting a 12-hour performance of Homer’s Odyssey, bringing the greatest epic in Western culture to the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage in an unprecedented live performance. Involving 18 storytellers, 3 directors, and a multitude of resources, a show of this scope will easily cost more than a small arts organization can handle on its own, so OST is embarking on a fundraising campaign of a scale far and beyond anything it has attempted in the past, and we need your help.
Ottawa StoryTellers was founded over 25 years ago by a group of 7 people devoted to telling stories. Since then it has grown to be one of the largest groups in Canada dedicated to the art of oral storytelling. Every year OST produces over 100 events ranging from the monthly story swap, where new tellers can get started, to the Ottawa International Storytelling Festival, which presents the best Canada and the world has to offer. Started in 2001, the Fourth Stage Series at the National Arts Centre has showcased the best of local and national storytellers performing the most thrilling and captivating tales around.
The Odyssey Project marks a turning point for OST. Although Homer's works are part of our cultural consciousness, it is extremely rare to have an opportunity to hear his stories told aloud, the way they were meant to be! OST has been a pioneer in the telling of epic tales, but this show is on a whole other scale. Every book of Homer's Odyssey, from Circe's trickery and the Cyclops' murderous rampage to the long awaited reunion of Odysseus and Penelope told in one day by 18 of the very best storytellers in Ottawa. This is a truly unique production that we can confidently say will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Even with all of OST's successes, we are still a small arts group and we depend heavily on grants and other forms of sponsorship to fund our activities. OST recently lost one of our major funders, leaving us with a substantial shortfall to make up. A show the size of the Odyssey is very expensive to produce. Venue rental, publicity costs, performers fees, administration costs - it all adds up. We simply can't cover all the costs from ticket sales alone. We really need the support of the community to make this project possible. All of the funds raised will go toward supporting Ottawa StoryTellers in this telling of Homer's great epic.
We’ve been very fortunate to receive a number of donations from businesses, artists, writers, and storytellers to provide you with some fantastic perks to thank you for your support. Please check out the exciting items we’ve gathered with an eye towards the theme of the Odyssey and an epic journey.
We hope that you will decide to be a part of this exciting project, and help us to bring Odysseus home. For more about OST and our activities please visit http://www.ottawastorytellers.ca
Odyessey Project Perks
Canadian residents are eligible to receive tax donation receipts for the amount of their donation with the value of the chosen perk deducted.
The 2 art print posters are shown below, for images of the other perks, please have a look at the gallery.
The $1000 Go On Your Own Journey perk is a trip for 2 to the Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort and Spa All-inclusive.
Famed for its spectacular sunsets, is everything you have dreamed of in a tropical get-away. An unforgettable three night stay at this 4-star all-inclusive resort is an ideal starting or ending point for a visit to the tropical paradise that is Costa Rica, land of rain forests, volcanoes, glorious uncrowded beaches, and exotic wildlife.
At the Hilton Papagayo, you will enjoy an impressive range of exquisite restaurants and recreational facilities. The resort offers an extensive spa facility, health club, two pools and fitness center.
Start planning your holiday now and get to know the unspoiled west coast of one of Central America’s safest, most beautiful jewels. Offer available between April 15 and November 30, 2012. Transportation not included.
OST would like to thank the following donors and supporters: Grant Jeffery, Cielo Print Inc., Sonya Taaffe, Elizabeth Paxson, Ben Ladouceur, Cameron Anstee, Kathryn Hunt, Gail Anglin, Jennifer Cayley, Jan Andrews, Ellis Lynn Duschenes, CKCU, Theo’s Greek Taverna, Heather Sita-Black and Jason Anderson, Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort and Spa, The Workshop and Flock Boutique, Creativision, The Back Row, 2 Women Productions, Heart and Crown Pub, Kirk Cushing, Rusty Priske, Ruthanne Edward, and Pat Holloway.
Leukothea's Odyssey 6
poem by Sonya Taaffe, illustrated by Elizabeth Paxson