The mythological monster Medusa is generally represented as a beautiful maiden whose vanity leads to a curse being placed on her. This curse transforms her into a winged human female who has venomous snakes for hair.
Essentially, Medusa becomes so ugly that if anyone looks directly at her they turn to stone – something heroic monster-slayer Perseus manages to avoid by only looking at Medusa’s reflection.
Vardimon’s full-length production delves into the gendered historical significance of Medusa. It deconstructs the myth before considering its connotations in contemporary life.
Medusa was created on the coast of Barcelona, where the word 'medusa' means jellyfish. Consequently, the production also explores the environmental fate that awaits our seas.
Vardimon said: 'Whilst eschewing a retelling of the story itself, I’m interested in the Greek myth of Medusa as an inspiration and as a metaphor to reflect on this powerful symbol of womanhood and examine its contemporary resonances and significance to the world around us.'
Born and raised in Israel, Vardimon has been an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells since 2006 and has also been honoured with the positions of Associate Artist at The Place in 1998 and Partner at Yorkshire Dance from 1999 – 2005. She received an honorary doctorate from the University of London in 2014.
Expect to be blown away by visually stunning dance while being challenged to think and reflect.
|What||Jasmin Vardimon Company, Medusa, Sadler's Wells|
|Where||Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Angel (underground)|
22 Oct 18 – 24 Oct 18, 19:30 Dur.: 1 hour 10 mins no interval
|Website||Click here to book via Sadler's Wells website|