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Medea

NNT

January 6, 2009 - December 9, 2016

2 hours

Tour in the Netherlands. Main stage.

Ola Mafaalani shows Medea strong and loving, tremendously loving. The same love that leads her to destroy all she cares about. It is not revenge, but her need to fight her faith. She believes a good mother saves her boys from slavery and she takes their life away from them.

Medea from Ola Mafaalani copy’s real scénes that happened before the killing in real life with the classical play. The public doesn’t know what is fiction and what is real. The actors performe with the newsreader Noraly Beyer, the commissioner of the real Dutch King Max van den Berg who plays Kreon and the spanish flamencodanser Jesús Fernández in the rol van Apsyrtus, the dead brother of Medea. Noraly Beyer made in 2011 a weblog. Watch it with this link: blog Noraly Beyer.

 

 

Trouw

"Vitality spatters from the stage"

January 6, 2009

De Telegraaf

"A living mix of acting, music and flamencodance"

January 6, 2009

Volkskrant

"Mafaalani has guts and a boundless imagination"

January 6, 2009

actors

Malou Gorter, Peter Vandemeulebroecke, Noraly Beyer, Maartje van de Wetering, Jesús Fernández, Max van den Berg, Tijn en Robin Rongen

Director

Ola Mafaalani

Adaptation

Ko van den Bosch

Kostumedesigner

Regine Standfuss

Dramaturg

Dirkje Houtman

Setdesign

Andre Joosten

Composer

Jan Kooper

Sounddesign

Peter Zwart

Medea was the debut of the director Ola Mafaalani as artistic and general director at het NNT.

During the performance some actors jumped on the bike to the main square to perform a light version telling the passing crowd what is happening on the stage of the main theatre in this very moment. The performers biked back after a big firework at the square to the next act on stage of the main theatre to tell the people in the theatre what is happening outside. Mafaalani found this image for her mission to combine high art with every day life, real story’s with repertory.

Love itself guided her to the killing. Love of a mother.

Absurd but Medea’s truth. And if we don’t try to understand, we can never forecome it. We save children by saving their mothers from dispair.

A woman who had a wonderful family and suddenly was thrown out of her house. Out of her country. Sepertated from her children. A refugee.

Medea shows how love can become the rainy horrible nightmare.

Jason. A man who loves a woman but loves power more.

When Medea sees the bride of her husband, she decides to become the Judge.

In Greek mythology, Medea is a sorceress who was the daughter of King Aeëtes of Colchis, niece of Circe, granddaughter of the sun god Helios, and later wife to the hero Jason. In Euripides’s play Medea, Jason abandons Medea when Creon, king of Corinth, offers his daughter Glauce. The play tells of Medea avenging her husband’s betrayal by killing their children.

Medea figures in the myth of Jason and the Argonauts, a myth known best from a late literary version worked up by Apollonius of Rhodes in the 3rd century BC and called the Argonautica. Medea is known in most stories as an enchantress and is often depicted as being a priestess of the goddess Hecate or a witch. The myth of Jason and Medea is very old, originally written around the time Hesiod wrote the Theogony.

 

 

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