MEDEA

 

Medea returns from history. This time, she’s telling her side of the story

The stage is set for a gig – a microphone, a bank of speakers, and smoke hanging in the air. A figure in an extraordinary gown emerges from the shadows.

This is Medea – returned from history to tell us her version of events.

This startling, contemporary reimagining of the ancient Greek legend of passion and revengecasts Medea asthe ultimate outsider, a stranger filled with rage in a foreign land. Her monologue transports us from ancient Greece to modern Europe and back againin a provocative, blood-soakedcollage of performance, opera, and sexual confession.

The performer, dancer, and vocalist, François Testory fuses his extraordinary physicality, and androgynous and unique stage presence with a seven-octave vocal range to bring to life the murderous Medea in this evocative lament, featuring live music by acclaimed composer and music producer, Phil Von.

François has performed with some of Europes most innovative companies, including Lindsay Kemp, DV8, Rambert Dance Company, Punch Drunk, and Gecko. Neil Bartlett is one of the UKs most celebrated directors and authors. Formerly Artistic Director the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, his most recent work includes Stella (LIFT, Brighton Festival, Holland Festival 2016) and theBritten Canticles(Aldeburgh, Brighton, Royal Opera house, 2015).

Contains adult content, strong language, and possible nudity. Age 16+

Commissioned by The Place

Supported using public funding by

ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND

All images © Manuel Vason 2019
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