PREMIERE: Footscray Art Centre June 2018
A Feminist Re-Imagining .....
Inspired by the classic Medea text, The Voyage of the Argo by Apollonius of Rhodes, Heiner Muller’s Medea and filmed interviews with contemporary Medea-like women The Medea Project explores migration, refugees, isolation and otherness. The work gives voice (via the multiple languages of performance) to those women who have found themselves away from their homes, only to be disempowered in their new environment.
The character of Medea has traditionally been viewed as Evil, enacting the most monstrous of acts – filicide. The Medea Project inverts this dominant paradigm to present a story of loss and of a woman forced to live in a culture where she is seen as an uncivilized immigrant. But this new work does not dwell in victimhood – rather it presents Medea’s side of the story.
THE WORLD OF THE MEDEA PROJECT: The Medea Project is episodic, and is a combination of text and words, physicality, visual scenes and aural theatrical languages – creating a visceral unfolding of the themes/story. It is set in an environmental wasteland –’ a despoiled’ landscape – awash with water, rocks, fish bones. Running through the centre of the space is a “river” of water evoking the journey of the Argo, as well as referencing contemporary issues of migration. On one side of the river, in a rowing machine (boat), sits a Jasonic narrator who tells the classic tale of Jason - including his journey on the Argo and his quest for the Golden Fleece. On the other side sits Deborah recounting the classic Medea’s story and her loss of her homeland to live in in a land where she has “no city, no mother, sister or relation”. The audience sits with them, their feet dangling in the water. They are implicit in the action. A large screen overlooks the space and plays an interview with a contemporary 'Medea'.
I have no city, no mother, sister or relation.
I was carried off,
A trophy from a barbarian country.
Deborah Leiser-Moore: Concept, Writer and Performer
Richard Moore: Dramaturgy and Performer
Davina Wright: Co-Writer of Interview/Filmed
Jacques Soddell: Sound Designer
Susan Bamford Caleo: Vocal
Ro Doolan - Fool Clothing: Costume Designer
Soundscape below: Despoiled LandscapeV1 by Jacque Soddell
Jacques: Sound is used in the piece as a textual landscape in which the piece exists. My composition is intended for multi channels and the soundscape will emerge from different and surprising places in the space (including the fish bones in the landscape).
I have already collected and recorded sounds for the piece which I have begun to put together as sound compositions. These include the sharpening of knife blades; water sounds, street sounds and some natural environmental sounds. My work is an investigation into experimentation in deconstructing natural sounds (field recordings) to create new sounds & textures for performance.
Footscray Arts Centre
Focus on Women Programme
Development at Footscray Arts Centre
Domino (Zagreb, Croatia)
Directors Lab Melbourne
La Trobe University