"Medea" is focusing on one of art’s most familiar plots – the plot from the eponymous drama by Euripides – and is seeking a modern interpretation of the human condition as presented by the play – the right to life, the process of choosing, the nature of love and the power of vengeance.
Apart from its focus on art, the project carries a strong social dimension too. It has brought about the collaboration of established personalities from the world of theatre, children from various ethnicities in Plovdiv – Roma, Turks, Jews, Armenian and Bulgarian – and also university students from the New Bulgarian University, interns and trainees in various humanitarian and creative fields.
The project’s activities study the aspects of diversity – generational, ethnic, linguistic - and those concerned with stage interpretation.
- Starting in June 2018, a string of art trainings and sessions are taking place involving children from ethnic communities, as part of the rehearsal process for the final show. These workshops, led by professional actors and psychologists, are building a visible and more effectual process of strengthening social fabric and promoting integration.
- Also on the schedule are a children’s drawing competition and a subsequent exhibition, as well as a concert for musically gifted children from various ethnic groups in the city.
- The project concludes with a large-scale spectacle of "Medea", in the new translation by Georgi Gochev and Petya Heinrich. It will be staged at Plovdiv's Ancient Theatre on 28 June 2019, under the direction of Desislava Shpatova. The cast includes, among others, Snezhina Petrova, Vladimir Penev. The score is by Asen Avramov, and the costumes are by Yulian Tabakov. The participation of children will be guided by the psychodrama leader Alexandra Gocheva and the artist Tsveti Spiridonova.
The performance continues its creative, experimental and inclusive path in 2020. It is part of the programme of the Azaryan Theatre in Sofia with the special participation of children from the Roma community of Sofia.
The documentary "STICHIYATA MEDEA" tells the story of the project and the performance „Medea“. The film is directed by Nayo Titzin. Trailer: https://bit.ly/30x2uut
Fhoto Credits from the show at the Ancient Theatre: Dimitar Ferdinandov.
"Medea" is a project by the modern theatre association Legal Art Centre. Find details about the project and its events at www.legalart-centre.org.
Here you can learn more about the "Children of Medea" campaign.