Medea: Kaddish For The Children
Presented by Footscray Community Arts Centre and Tashmadada, in association with the Jewish Museum Australia
A Feminist Re-Imagining .....
Medea: Kaddish For the Children is a visual performance work that re-imagines the classic Medea story from the woman’s perspective.It draws on: the classic Euripides Medea text; The Voyage of the Argo by Apollonius of Rhodes; and the Kaddish, the Jewish Mourners Prayer.
In this version Medea is allowed to mourn for the first time as she find her voice to recite the Kaddish and grieve various losses – home, identity and children. Meanwhile, her male counterpart, a.k.a. Jason, is condemned to a machine that will never let him stop moving. As well as invoking the legacy of one of the world’s most ancient myths Medea:Kaddish For The Childrenis a contemporary rift on a modern relationship. The two performers, married for over twenty years, test the fundamental Medean dynamics of love, justice and faith against the parameters of their own relationship.
‘Medea: Kaddish For The Children’ premiered at Footscray Community Arts Centre 28th February -9th March 2019 as part of the Women, Arts and Politics program.
I am alone
I have no country no home, no family no resting place
I am his trophy
Deborah Leiser-Moore: Concept, Co-Writer and Performer
Richard Moore: Co-Writer and Performer
Jacques Soddell: Sound Designer
Israel Aloni: Choreographer and Outside Eye
Susan Bamford Caleo: Vocal Director and Voice of the Kaddish
Ash Buchanan: Technical Manager and Lighting
Thanks to Peta Tait for dramaturgical assistance
Australian Arts Review
Footscray Community Arts Centre
Women, Arts and Politics Program
Development at Footscray Community Arts Centre
Domino (Zagreb, Croatia)
Directors Lab Melbourne
La Trobe University