The tYhle company’s project for 2018 choreographed by Marie Gourdain.Medúza, Studio ALTA / photo: Michal Hančovský
Meduza is like a painting performed on stage, one that invites us to loosen our ties and question boundaries – between life and death, hope and despair, black and white. The boundaries on which we balance, expressions of those fragile moments that can turn our life upside-down.
Influenced by her background in the visual arts, choreographer Marie Gourdain’s unique approach leads her to set a still image in movement. Inspired by Théodore Géricault’s painting The Raft of the Medusa as a starting point, she succeeded in creating a collage that reflects her perception of today’s world.
The exploration of boundaries is also manifested through the contrast on stage between four simple geometric boards and their minimalistic and functional manipulation with the “figurative” bodies and expressive movements of the five dancers who handle them.
"I feel that drifting on the ocean is a metaphor for the existence of contemporary society. I believe the political system is heading for fundamental change. We all feel that something isn’t working, but we don’t yet know which direction we should turn in, we don’t have the answer to our problem. However, we are gradually abandoning the landmarks of the past. The Lebanese-Canadian theatre director Wajdi Mouawad perfectly describes the period when an old world is falling apart and the new world has not yet emerged as a ‘time of monsters’. A time that can be personified by the ancient figure of Medusa: a symbol of chaos and the breaking of all forms. She terrifies us when she screams, she turns us to stone with her stare, she can be a woman or a man, she is mortal but a monster, it is hard to define her as she changes at each instant. Everything changes rapidly nowadays, and we find ourselves in that mutation, in that transition", says Marie Gourdain.
Choreographer, scenographer: Marie Gourdain
Performers: Sabina Bočková, Florent Golfier, Marek Menšík, Jaro Ondruš, Matthew Rogers
Dramaturgy: Lukáš Karásek
Choreographic consultant: Hana Polanská Turečková
Lighting design: Zuzana Režná
Sound-music: Lukáš Urbanec
Technician, construction: Zbyněk Opálka, Štěpán Hejzlar
Production: Lucie Fabišiková
Ministry of Culture, the City of Prague, the District of Prague 7, the City of Brno and the foundation Nadace Život Umělce.
Main partner: Studio ALTA, Prague, CZ / DW7 - Divadlo na cucky, Olomouc, CZ
Other partners: Johan centrum - Moving Station, Pilsen, CZ / Kredance, České Budějovice, CZ / LOFFT, Leipzig, DE / Réservoir Danse, Rennes, FR / Centrum choreografického rozvoje SE.S.TA, Prague, CZ / Cirqueon, Prague, CZ