September 17th to 20th
Tuesday to Thursday 8pm
Friday 5pm + 9pm
1325 North Randolph Street
“Feel of an ancient epic” ( Playstosee.com)
“Deliciously sticky… unexpected rapid fire of emotions “ (BK Reader.com)
“Conceptually ambitious” (CultureCatch.com) "disturbingly familiar”.
An Unbelievable True Story of Sex, Power and Monsters
In Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Medusa was a young maiden in service to the temple of Athena. When she caught Poseidon’s attention her fate was sealed - the god forced himself on her in the temple, yet Athena condemned Medusa for having lost her purity, and turned her into the hideous gorgon monster we know, with snakes for hair, so dangerous and hideous that her gaze will turn a man to stone.
Medusa Volution is inspired by her story - by the loss of her humanity, and her condemnation and isolation as a punishment for her sexuality meted out by both male and female gods. Medusa the monster is but one in a Pantheon of female archetypes whose stories are the morality plays of the patriarchy. Medusa Volution takes a darkly comedic, immersive look at what is really going on with Medusa and some of her sister archetypes, juxtaposing the message within their stories against interludes of modern womanhood, ultimately with a hopeful urge toward transcendence.
Conceived and directed by Sophie Amieva
Written by Sophie Amieva and Susu Bagert
Set and costume: Katerina Marcelja
Light: Sarah Lurie
Sounds: Liz Stanton
Butoh Choreography: Vangeline
Video: Magin Schantz
Chandler Eliah Eason, Kayla Juntilla, Liz Stanton*, Irina Varina
“Subsidized studio space provided by the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.”