Medusa will open Helsingin oopperakesä in Aleksanterin teatteri, 18th and 20th August at 7 pm, 21st August at 2 pm, duration 45 minutes.
Inspired by Caravaggio’s life and work, Medusa treats themes such as the artist’s narcissism, as a creative and destructive force, and their quest for identity. The myths of Narcissus and Medusa from Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Hesiod’s Shield of Heracles (8th century BC), show how ancient these themes are. Both myths show different faces of the feminine: feminine is at work in the young man looking for his beauty in the water and listening to Echo’s voice, while in Medusa we see the horrific, shadow side of the feminine – a side often refused, to be finally faced and accepted.
The project offers a research laboratory on voice and instrument, on human and instrumental voice, with references to Caravaggio’s contemporary Carlo Gesualdo, revisited in a new way.
Sara Orava’s original paintings, inspired to Caravaggio’s Narcissus, The Seven Works of Mercy, and the Death of the Virgin, have been at the basis of Medusa and will be part of the scenography.
Medusa is produced by Exit3-company with the kind support of Taike, Wihuri Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Italian Culture Institute, Centre for Music and Technology / Sibelius Academy.
- Piia Komsi, soprano coloratura and cello
- Angel Molinos, clarinets
- Eva Alkula, koto
- Ville Syriäläinen, percussion
- Paola Livorsi, texts, composition, percussion
- Sara Orava, texts, visual art, direction
- Milla Eloranta, choreographer / dancer
- Aapo Siikala, costume design
- Mira Ollila, Anneke Lönnroth, Jouka Valkama, Aapo Siikala, dancers
- Esther Calderón Morales, sound engineer
Additional information: Paola Livorsi, email@example.com