Euripides’ Medea to be staged in Bengaluru on March 2

Feb29,2024


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ancient Greek tragedy, Medea, by Euripides, first staged as part of a trilogy in 431 BC. While the other two plays have been lost to history, the story of Jason and Medea has continued to fascinate generations of theater artists and has seen many iterations on stage.

Chennai's Theater Nisha is presenting an adaptation of Medea Why did he do it, what did he do. Directed and presented by Shakthi, the play has been designed by V Balakrishnan of Theater Nisha. There will be live percussion of Vishvabharat. The play, which premiered in Chennai in December 2023, will open in Bengaluru on March 2.

believe in the theme of power Medea Is relevant till today. “We would all like to think that we have moved on from the fact that women had no agency in their lives,” the theater artist and contemporary dancer says from his home in Chennai. “Unfortunately there is still controversy over the idea of ​​agency for a woman. I would like to believe that I live in a world where Medea It is irrelevant and a myth, but it is not.”

Shakti will also be joined on stage by percussionists in a solo performance. Shakti says she loves working with elements of rhythm and movement and is a trained theater artist and dancer Why did he do what he did? Will include these elements.

Shakthi has been in theater for 12 years now and has a Diploma in Movement Arts from Attakalari, Bengaluru (2016). A Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and a Post Graduate in English Literature, Shakti says she always wanted to be an actor.

“We (Theatre Nisha) also work as theater trainers in schools and colleges and acting institutes in Chennai. I believe that no matter what you read, it only enhances your creativity. For example, mathematics is all numbers and dance and music are rhythm and counting. If you have studied physics, that science will help you understand stage lighting and design better,” says the 32-year-old actor.

Excited to bring a new take on Medea to Bengaluru, Shakthi says he has a soft spot for the city. “I really think the Bengaluru audience is so exceptionally engaged with theater and performing arts that it fascinates us. We, as a group, feel that Bengaluru is very fond of performing arts and welcomes every form of art. They come not only to watch as spectators, but also to connect with the core concept of art, even if it is a dark subject.

Shakti says that being alone on stage is not a self-praise gesture. This performance is the result of the work of the writer, composer and lighting designer. This is not the pride of any one person but a collective effort. It's truly a humbling experience.”

On March 2 at Swastik School of Dance and Music, Jakkur, 6.30 pm. Tickets, ₹300 on BookMyShow. It is open to those aged 16 and above.

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