Medea [adapted performance text] (1994)
preprintposted on 09.12.2020, 12:32 by Mark Fleishman
Text of the play Medea by Mark Fleishman, with contributions from the original cast, freely adapted from Euripides' Medea. Produced by Magnet Theatre & Jazzart Dance Theatre and performed at the Nico Arena; National Arts Festival, Grahamstown and the Market Theatre, Johannesburg.
A story of two cultures that are incomprehensible to each other. A story of a woman who takes on the trappings of her lover’s world and who, in the process, loses her own history and sense of self. The story of ambition and the price one pays for it.
Set against the sparse backdrop of a beach, three actors and a chorus of dancers weave song, narrative, dance, and the multiple tongues of Tamil, Tsotsitaal, Kaapse Taal, Zulu, Latin, English Afrikaans and Xhosa into a new dramatic language.
Direction: Mark Fleishman and Jennie Reznek
Choreography: Alfred Hinkel
Design: Craig Leo
Lighting: Julian August
Music arrangement: Rene Avenant
Performed by: Bo Peterson, Kurt Wustmann, Jay Pather,
Dawn Langdown, Heinrich Reisenhofer
Chorus: John Linden, Simpiwe Magazi, Geli Schubert, Penny-Colleen Swain, Mpotseng Shuping, Busisiwe Ngebulana, Sbonakaliso Ndaba, Randall Dirks and Sifiso Kweyama.
Best Production of a new South African Work (winner) FNB Vita.