Butoh Medea

September 3, 2017 – 19:00

Adapting this production from Euripides’ Medea and Greek Tragedy, and using the Japanese dance form Butoh, Yokko brings the spirit of Medea to life. This fusion of Eastern dance and Western drama invites the audience inside Medea’s dark and desperate struggle. Trapped in the underworld, she is forever cursed to relive her tragic journey through love, hate, and ultimate loss.

Ren Gyo Soh produces Japanese artist Yokko’s work with her collaborators across the world to be a cultural bridge through performing arts. Her style is a hybrid of Eastern and Western theatre primarily using Butoh, acting and other physical theatre elements. This play received four awards at the United Solo 2014: “The Best One-Woman Show,” “The Best Lighting Design,” “The Best Costume Design,” “The Best Choreography;” and “The Best Physical Theatre Show” at the United Solo 2015; and nominated for “Asian Arts Award” at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015.


Butoh Medea
Ren Gyo Soh, Japan & the United States of America

Performed, Adapted and Choreographed by: Yokko
Written & Adapted by: Sean Michael Welch
Directed by: Brian Rhinehart
Co-Choreographed by: Jordan Rosin
Costume designed by: Deepshikha Chatterjee
Lighting designed by: Derek Van Heel
Assistant Directed by: Cihangir Duman
Speech Coached by: Alyssa Ciccarello
Photograph: John Paul Melendez

English with Turkish surtitles
55 min.

Oğuz Atay Hall

MonoFest’17 promises an intensive experience of theatre with 15 performances in 6 days, including 10 performances from 8 countries and 2 from Turkey besides 3 Medrese productions. There will also be short monodrama performances and 2 mini workshops open to all festival residents of Medrese.

We hope to host you at Medrese all throughout the festival. You can see all the performances without paying extra fees, you can participate in mini workshops, you can join conversations starting after the performances and you can find the chance to meet all the performers and the audience.

If your schedule is too busy to join us for the whole festival, you are welcome to witness the festival atmosphere for 1 or 2 nights. Just follow the below link to complete your application. (Those who complete their registration before 10th of August will have %10 discount.)

We also welcome those who do not prefer to stay at Medrese but rather just want to come and see the performances. You can buy tickets on the performance day.

We hope to see you at MonoFest’17

Thank you for your interest in MonoFest’16. We will be glad to host you Medrese. We hope that you will be part of the peaceful atmosphere during your stay in the Medrese and live in harmony with other guest participants.
We will send you a detailed letter later but we want to briefly inform you about the life at Medrese; and living and working spaces of the Medrese.
It is very easy to arrive here. It takes only an hour from İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport. What is hard for our guests is to leave from Medrese.
The climate is hot at Şirince in summer as it is everywhere. One cannot stay under sun. But the corridors of the Medrese are cool like air-conditioned, though there is none. Nights are cooler. It usually do not rain till September. We guess it won’t rain this summer too.
We serve a healthy diet at Medrese. Our menu consists of lots of olive oil dishes and vegetables. If we have meat on the menu, we cook on a seperate pot, considering the vegans and vegetarians.
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