Medea: Kaddish for the Children
A Feminist Re-Imagining .....
Presented by Footscray Community Arts Centre and Tashmadada, in association with the Jewish Museum Australia
Women arts and Politics program at FCAC
Stemming from a three-year artistic residency offered by FCAC and a current residency at Jewish Museum Australia, Medea: Kaddish for the Children is a re-imagining (and re imaging) of the tale of one of Western literature’s most iconic and tragic figures, Medea, played by Deborah Leiser-Moore.
Drawing on the classic Euripides Medea text, the lyrics of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, and the Kaddish - Jewish Mourners Prayer, Deborah dispels the predominantly patriarchal view of Medea as a monstrous witch and presents her drama through a contemporary feminist theatrical lens.
After 2,500 years of denial Medea is allowed to mourn for the first time. She finds a voice to recite the Kaddish and express deep grief surrounding the loss of her home, her children and her identity. Meanwhile Richard Moore who’s known for his directorship of the Melbourne International Film Festival and the Brisbane Film Festival will return to the stage after 20 years, taking the role of Medea’s male counterpart Jason, who betrays her and is condemned to a machine that never stops.
“Like many who’ve come to Australia’s shores and sacrificed all, it also becomes a Kaddish for children lost in conflicts. It seems that almost every week now we seem to hear reports that resonate with this story – it’s an eternal, universal and unfortunately, very contemporary drama,” said Deborah.
Following from previous productions The Dead Twin at FCAC and George Town Festival 2017, and KaBooM at George Town Festival 2018, Medea: Kaddish for the Children is produced by Tashmadada, performed Deborah Leiser-Moore and Richard Moore, alongside choreographer Israel Aloni, sound designer Jacques Soddell and vocal coach Susan Bamford-Caleo. The married couple of over twenty years will test the fundamental Medean dynamics of love, justice and faith against the parameters of their own relationship.
I am alone - a refugee.
I have no country, no home, no family, no resting place.
I am his trophy
Medea: Kaddish For The Children
Deborah Leiser-Moore: Concept, Writer and Performer
Richard Moore: Writer and Performer
Jacques Soddell: Original Sound and Live Mix
Israel Aloni: Choreographer and Outside Eye
Susan Bamford Caleo: Vocal Director and Voice of the Kaddish
Ash Buchanan: Technical Manager and Lighting
Ben Beare: Technical Manager/Video whizz and so much more
Peta Tait: Dramaturgical assistance
Footscray Community Arts Centre
International Women's Day Programme
Development at Footscray Community Arts Centre
Domino (Zagreb, Croatia)
Directors Lab Melbourne