Medea

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Direction: Mark Fleishman and Jennie Reznek
Choreography: Alfred Hinkel
Design: Craig Leo
Lighting: Julian August
Music arrangement: Rene Avenant
Performed by: Bo Peterson, Kurt Wustmann, Jay Pather,
Dawn Langdown, Heinrich Reisenhofer
Chorus: John Linden, Simpiwe Magazi, Geli Schubert, Penny-Colleen Swain Mpotseng Shuping,
Busisiwe Ngebulana, Sbonakaliso Ndaba , Randall Dirks, Sifiso Kweyama

Best Production of a new South African Work (winner) FNB Vita

A story of two cultures that are incomprehensible to each other.
A story of a woman who takes on the trappings of her lover’s world and who, in the process, loses her own history and sense of self. The story of ambition and the price one pays for it.

Set against the sparse backdrop of a beach, three actors and a chorus of dancers weave song, narrative, dance, and the multiple tongues of Tamil, Tsotsitaal, Kaapse Taal, Zulu, Latin, English Afrikaans and Xhosa into a new dramatic language.

““If the standard of Medea can be used as a yardstick, Fleishman and Reznek are on their way to forging a new dramatic language which will propel… South African theatre into a more hopeful era.”
Hazel Friedman, Mail & Guardian

“…sets landmark standards in theatricalising cross-cultural performance.”
Adrienne Sichel, The Star Tonight!

““Jazzart Dance Theatre and Magnet Theatre’s collaborative Medea is a work of gritty ingenuity. It seizes Greek tragedy by the throat, fragments it, culturally cross-fertilizes it then reinvents it without losing any of its original power…. Gripping theatrical performance”
Adrienne Sichel, Cue

(Magnet Theatre/Jazzart Dance Theatre) Nico Arena, Cape Town; National Festival of the Arts, Grahamstown; Market Theatre, Johannesburg.