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Tanja Beer
MEDEA OF BAGHDAD

Author: Tanja Beer

Performance space: La Mama Theatre, Melbourne, Australia

Theatre company/company produced for: La Mama Theatre

Month & year of original production: September 2011

Description of items intended for exhibition:
Drawing

Project description:
Medea of Baghdad is a one-woman, contemporary synthesis of the dark, tragic Greek myth of betrayal and revenge written by Euripides. This modern play tells the story of an academic marrying an Iraqi refugee in Australia, and converting to his way of life, to his land, completely in love, and further, to committing crimes of catastrophic proportions.

The set design is almost entirely made from paper, erupting from a far corner of the tiny La Mama Theatre. It is paper in various forms: lying fixed and loose, shredded, screwed up, and smoothed out, pictures of two children, pinned like clothes on a barbwire line. The design is an emotional landscape of paper rubble that is poetic, versatile, dynamic, discarded and worn - It aims to capture the fragile psychological state of the protagonist and the world of Baghdad after the American invasion.

Medea of Baghdad was an investigation into ecological design for performance using recycled paper as its primary medium.

Artform:
Performance Design

Designers:
Set designer: Tanja Beer
Costume designer: Masa Gracnic
Lighting designer: Nicola Andrews
Director/choreographer: Tanja Beer
Other creative collaborators: Jennifer Tran and Nancy Nguyen

Image gallery

Tanja Beer - MEDEA OF BAGHDAD

Medea and her Children
Photographer: Deryk McAlpin

Tanja Beer - MEDEA OF BAGHDAD

Medea and the Mountain of Paper
Photographer: Deryk McAlpin

Tanja Beer - MEDEA OF BAGHDAD

Arrival in Baghdad
Photographer: Deryk McAlpin

Tanja Beer - MEDEA OF BAGHDAD

Chaos
Photographer: Deryk McAlpin

Tanja Beer - MEDEA OF BAGHDAD

Baghdad Rubble



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