May 24th
Thursday

20:30 - 21:45

TWH, Main Auditorium, Pl. Teatralny 1
Medea
Mikhail Chekhov Riga Russian Theatre (Riga/Latvia)

Ancient tragedy is above all the tragedy of the inability to see, to predict and to decipher one’s destiny because the future is hidden. In Medea Jason is being punished for going against the highest truth while he was perfectly sure he had done the right thing and expected to be rewarded for his efforts. In bringing this story to the stage, the director and his team have focused on the main characters, and that has allowed them to render Medea’s part as an instrument of the gods – a tool of fate. Her revenge is successful not because it is ethical or righteous in itself, but because it is deemed an adequate punishment for Jason’s grievous transgressions: “We tried to show Medea’s pain and the way it transforms her love into hate; we tried to show her vulnerability and her strength; we lest her be the driving force of this performance: she weaves this tragedy for Jason and his new family, for her own children, and for herself,” says the director. Medea’s part is played by an outstanding Latvian actress, Guna Zariņa.

Running time: 1 hour 15 minutes (without interval)

 

Photos by Aigars Altenbergs

Directed by: Vladislavs Nastavševs

THE PERFORMANCE WILL BE TRANSLATED SIMULTANEOUSLY INTO POLISH AND ENGLISH