Medea is a historical relationship drama about a female figure in conflict with her own heritage, the mother role and her devotion to the argonaut Jason, from whom she was bitterly disappointed. But how can such an ancient tragedy be played today? In their scenic work, the two acting students Alicia Peckelsen and Max Rehberg approach Euripides’ text (translation by Paul Dräger and J.J.C Donner) fragmentarily on different levels, without claiming historical correctness or textual accuracy. The historical text is fragmented and serves as an occasion to reflect on power and different ideas of marriage, migration biographies and masculinity, as well as (the impossibility of imagining) what it means to be a mother and father. In doing so, the two players also try role reversal, complementing Euripides’ verses with contemporary texts, including Sharon Dodua Otoo’s “Liebe” text from Fatma Aydemir’s and Hengameh Yaghoobifarah’s Your Home is Our Nightmare.
Actors: Alicia Peckelsen and Max Rehberg, acting students in their 2nd year at the University of Arts Graz
Mentor: Ute Rauwald
Culture & Leisure is a series of artistic events with queer-feminist aspects in a relaxed atmosphere, in cooperation between HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Kunstuniversität Graz and the RosaLila PantherInnen.