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Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>
Photo: Damjan Švarc

Euripides

Medea

Μήδεια
Director: Oliver Frljić

Schedule

20.10.2017 at 19:30 GDK Gavella, Zagreb, Croatia
21.11.2017 at 20:00 Old Hall

Tickets

Premiere: 13 January 2017, Old Hall


Medea of the classical tragedian Euripides is undoubtedly a protagonist, who has had a rare, almost unique position among female literary characters in the history of literature, comprising many contradictions, paradoxes and controversies. The Colchis princess is setting up her much disputed personality at the crossroads between nature and society, at which she establishes herself as a woman, wife and mother, still dwelling under the mythical cloak as a witch and half-goddess. As a violator of the constitution of her own homeland, she is looking for a refuge in exile, which has given her the perpetual political stigma of a refugee, stray and a foreigner. In Corinth, she finally settles down with the Greek hero Jason – after having stolen for him the Golden Fleece from her own native country, dismembered her own brother, and conspired against king Pelias, eventually having him killed by his own daughters. However, her own husband’s betrayal has brought her to kill the Corinthian king Creon, his daughter Glauce, and finally, her own two children.

Euripides’ Medea discloses the very essence of the ancient Greek society, the cradle of European culture, its seeds still being significant constitutional elements of contemporary society, its primary attributes and indicators of body segregation within societal structure. Medea’s story relies on empirical observation of the world, which the protagonist will not accept; therefore, she actively engages herself in order to change it.

The new production of Euripides’ Medea, staged by Oliver Frljić at the Maribor Drama in 2017, investigates the protagonist’s position through a rather complex spectrum of relationships with other characters in the play, heavily focusing on the most obscure and marginal interpersonal constellations. Medea therefore is not just a tragedy of a woman, an emancipatory experiment; she is not just a heroine, witch or a lover, driven by irrational passion – but also a member of a specific social class and a tragic consequence of the actual conflicting policies. Medea’s revenge is thus founded on the possibility of establishing a different societal universe, as well on the realization of Medea’s radical intimidation, uttered at the very beginning of the play.

Cast

Medea - Nataša Matjašec Rošker
Jason - Branko Jordan
Creon - Peter Boštjančič
Aegeus - Davor Herga
Nurse - Maša Žilavec
Tutor - Ivica Knez
Messenger - Matija Stipanič
Medea's children - Mojca Simonič, Viktor Meglič

Photo gallery

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Medea <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc


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