Photo credit Manuel Vason
NFA International Arts & Culture in association with The Place, the Institut français du Royaume Uni, and SACD France present
François Testory in MEDEA by Jean René Lemoine
Medea returns from history. This time, she’s telling her side of the story…
The stage is set for a gig – a microphone, a bank of speakers and smoke hanging in the air. A figure in an extraordinary gown emerges from the shadows. This is Medea – returned from history to tell us her version of events.
This startling, contemporary reimagining of the ancient Greek legend of passion and revenge casts Medea as the ultimate outsider, a stranger in a foreign land, filled with rage. Her monologue transports us from ancient Greece to modern Europe and back again in a provocative, blood-soaked collage of performance, opera and sexual confession.
The performer, dancer, and vocalist, François Testory fuses his extraordinary physicality, androgynous and unique stage presence with a seven-octave vocal range to bring to life the murderous Medea in this evocative lament, featuring live music by acclaimed composer and music producer, Jonny Pilcher. François has performed with some of Europe’s most innovative companies, including Lindsay Kemp, DV8, Rambert Dance Company, Punch Drunk, and Gecko. Neil Bartlett is one of the UK’s most celebrated directors and authors. Formerly Artistic Director the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, his most recent work includes Stella (LIFT, Brighton Festival, Holland Festival 2016) and the Britten Canticles (Aldeburgh, Brighton, Royal Opera house, 2015).
Contains adult content, strong language, and possible nudity. 16+
Translated, adapted, and directed by Neil Bartlett
Costumes Mr Pearl
Music Phil Von
Lighting Chahine Yavroyan
With the kind support of
South East Dance, Theatre of Europe, Marlborough Theatre, And What? Queer Arts Festival, and FOLKE
Commissioned by The Place