La Medea

Photo by Darren Hoffman

La Medea

La Medea adapts Euripides’ tragedy of savage infanticide, as a Latin-disco-pop variety show. Simultaneously a live dance-musical, a made for camera TV special, and a feature film, the dark-comedy is directed, performed, shot, edited and streamed in real time. Medea is most famously known for the vengeful murder of her two children. La Medea is an attempt to re-consider the sensational mystification of Eurypides’ Medea, not as a portrait of the dangerous foreigner or hysterical woman, but of our fears of her. Created by director and choreographer, Yara Travieso in collaboration with composer and librettist, Sam Crawford, set designer, Brookhart Jonquil, lighting designer, Tuce Yasak and director of photography, Pamela Giaroli.

La Medea adapts Euripides’ violent tragedy of savage infanticide, as a Latin-disco-pop variety show. Simultaneously a live theatrical performance, a made for camera TV musical, and a feature film, the dark-comedy is directed, performed, shot, edited and streamed in real time. Most famously known for the vengeful murder of her two children, Medea has been celebrated in literature for hundreds of years. Nevertheless, La Medea is an attempt to re-consider the sensational mystification of Eurypides’ Medea, not as a portrait of the dangerous foreigner or hysterical woman, but of our fears of her.

 

Shifting between musical and dance numbers, talk show and telenovela, while intersecting subtitled Spanish dialogue and English musical lyrics, La Medea is a wild mash-up of genres and storytelling tropes. Dancers, actors, live musical score, film crew, and audience are all performers, subject to the immediacy and vulnerability of live TV.  Performers and camera operators play the characters, while the studio audiences and those tuning in via broadcast act as a Greek chorus. Employing a live stream broadcast as a mediator between the selective reality of the lens and an exposed “behind-the-scenes” indeterminacy of the soundstage, La Medea proposes multiple points of view in which to experience a complex character. La Medea will be performed in a black box sound stage and screened as a live broadcast into movie theaters.

Music and libretto by Sam Crawford, set design by Brookhart Jonquil, cinematography by Pamela Giaroli, and light design by Tuce Yasa.

 

 

Director, Choreographer, and Concept by Yara Travieso

Music and libretto by Sam Crawford

Set design by Brookhart Jonquil

Cinematography by Pamela Giaroli

Light design by Tuce Yasa

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