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The Marriage of Medea


(2008)

The Marriage of Medea


Celebrated in the open air or in closed spaces

A performance by Eugenio Barba based on the myth of Medea


The Marriage of Medea is the result of Odin Teatret's lasting interest in acting traditions. Odin Teatret, whose actors are of different nationalities, has since 1966 organised various working sessions and seminars on the actor's technique. It began with the research practised by Jerzy Grotowski, Etienne Decroux, Jacques Lecoq, Dario Fo, Jean-Louis Barrault, Joseph Chaikin, Judith Malina and Julian Beck.

Since the early 1970s, Odin Teatret has involved in this activity Javanese and Balinese ensembles and artists (Sardono, I Made Pasek Tempo, I Made Bandem, I Made Djimat), Japanese Noh, Kyogen, Kabuki and Shingeki theatre (Hisao and Hideo Kanze, Mannojo and Kosuke Nomura, Sawamura Sojuro, Shuji Terayama) and India's main classical forms of theatre-dance: Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Chhau and Kathakali. In addition to the chance to see these striking Asian artists performing, these seminars were an opportunity to get acquainted with the principles of their style and technical knowledge.

ISTA, International School of Theatre Anthropology, founded in 1979, broadened the scope of this research and has grown in symbiosis with Odin Teatret. ISTA is an itinerant intermittent "university" characterised by a technical exchange between regularly returning artists and scholars of different genres and nationalities. In this "performers' village", they compare and analyse the technical foundations of their styles in sessions lasting from two weeks to two months. From 1980 to 2005, fourteen ISTA sessions have taken place in Europe and Latin America. All of them ended with a Theatrum Mundi performance with musicians and performers from different cultures.

It is this tradition of Theatrum Mundi that The Marriage of Medea keeps alive. The rehearsals took place in December 2007 and April 2008 in Bali and had their final phase in Holstebro in May and June 2008.

 

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Myten om Medea

Myten om Medea fortæller om den græske helt Jason, der sejler over Sortehavet til Kolchis (nutidens Georgien) for at bede dets konge, Aietes, om det berømte Gyldne Skind. Kongen nægter, men hans datter Medea forelsker sig i Jason og hjælper ham til at stjæle Skindet. Jason og Medea flygter sammen til Grækenland, hvor de gifter sig og får to børn.

Senere forlader Jason sin hustru for i stedet at indgå ægteskab med Kreusa, prinsessen i Korinth. Medeas reaktion er at sende sin rivalinde en forhekset bryllupskjole, som får den kommende brud til at brænde op. Tragedien ender med Medeas drab på sine to sønner, inden hun ifølge den græske myte bliver ført bort af Solen, hendes bedstefar, i en ildvogn.

 

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THE MARRIAGE OF
MEDEA
Celebrated in the open air or in closed spaces
A performance by Eugenio Barba
based on the myth of Medea

 

 

Scener fra forestillingen

1. Fra fortiden kommer Medea og Jasons bryllupsoptog, sammen med

deres børn, til syne her og nu.

2. Klotho, gudinden, som spinder og afhugger menneskets livstråd,

præsenterer historiens tråd.

3. Medea danser med sit folks kvinder.

4. Festligt intermezzo.

5. Første fejring: Medea hjælper Jason med at stjæle det Gyldne Skind.

6. Festligt intermezzo.

7. Anden fejring: Familiescene med kongen Aietes, hans datter

Medea og hans søn Apsyrtos. Medea slagter sin bror for at stikke af

med Jason. I sin sorg og blind af raseri skærer Aietes halsen over

på en hest.

8. Festligt intermezzo.

9. Tredje fejring: Skænderi mellem Medea og Jason, som vil forlade

hende for at gifte sig med den unge Kreusa. Medea sender sine to

børn til Kreusa med en gave og bruger sine trolddomskunstner til

at mangfoldiggøre sig selv og få sin rival til at gå op i flammer.

10. Festligt intermezzo.

11. Fjerde fejring: Medea slår sine børn ihjel og bliver reddet af

Barong, det totem-dyr, der er hendes folks beskytter.

12. Jason taler til sine døde børn.

13. Klotho samler livets brudte tråde, og bryllupsoptoget bevæger

sig videre ind i fremtiden.

 

MEDEA: Ni Made Partini

JASON:  Tage Larsen

CLOTHO: Julia Varley

DIONYSOS: Augusto Omolú

MEDEA'S FATHER: I Wayan Bawa

THE PRIEST: Cristina Wistari Formaggia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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