PONEC ONLINE: Medúza + moderated discussion with Marie Gourdain

Choreography, stage design

Marie Gourdain


Sabina Bočková, Florent Golfier, Marek Menšík, Jaro Ondruš, Matthew Rogers


Lukáš Karásek

Choreographic consultant

Hana Polanská Turečková

Light design

Zuzana Režná


Lukáš Urbanec

Technician, construction

Zbyněk Opálka, Štěpán Hejzlar


Lucie Fabišiková


Studio ALTA,  DW7 Theatre

Supported by

Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, City of Prague, District of Prague 7, City of Brno, Foundation Život umělce


Johan centrum - Moving Station, Pilsen, CZ; Kredance, České Budějovice, CZ; LOFFT, Leipzig, DE; Réservoir Danse, Rennes, FR; Center for Choreographic Development SE.S.TA, Prague, CZ; Cirqueon, Prague, CZ

Thanks to

Lucia Kašiarová, Studio ALTA, Zbyněk Opálka, Xavier Tiret, rodina Golfier, rodina de Blic, Mathilde Lacombe, Joffrey Jollivet, Jean-Christophe Paré, Elisabeth a Tim Stroud, Julie Gourdain, Ateliér světelného designu JAMU, Linda Průšová, Martin Hamouz, Lída Vacková, Petra Bučková, Ondřej Chachula a všichni, kteří přispěli na projekt Medúza po premiéře na Darujme.cz ​


Watch a recording of Medúza and enjoy a dance experience from you home–theatre while supporting artists who are still unable to play for you!
Link to the recording will be available on 9th of April on this website from 8pm to midnight!

The performance will be followed by MODERATED DEBATE with choreographer and performance director Marie Gourdain at 9pm and will be held in Czech without translation. 

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“Meduza” is like a painting performed on stage, one that invites us to loosen our ties and question boundaries – between life and death, hope and despair, black and white. The boundaries on which we balance, expressions of those fragile moments that can turn our life upside-down.

Influenced by her background in the visual arts, choreographer Marie Gourdain’s unique approach leads her to set a still image in movement. Inspired by Théodore Géricault’s painting The Raft of the Medusa as a starting point, she succeeded in creating a collage that reflects her perception of today’s world. A linear approach is no longer enough, what’s needed is to grasp all the different layers of meaning that surround us and overlay them.

The exploration of boundaries is also manifested through the contrast on stage between four simple geometric boards and their minimalistic and functional manipulation with the “figurative” bodies and expressive movements of the five dancers who handle them.

“I feel that drifting on the ocean is a metaphor for the existence of contemporary society. I believe the political system is heading for fundamental change. We all feel that something isn’t working, but we don’t yet know which direction we should turn in, we don’t have the answer to our problem. However, we are gradually abandoning the landmarks of the past. The Lebanese-Canadian theatre director Wajdi Mouawad perfectly describes the period when an old world is falling apart and the new world has not yet emerged as a ‘time of monsters’. A time that can be personified by the ancient figure of Medusa: a symbol of chaos and the breaking of all forms. She terrifies us when she screams, she turns us to stone with her stare, she can be a woman or a man, she is mortal but a monster, it is hard to define her as she changes at each instant. Everything changes rapidly nowadays, and we find ourselves in that mutation, in that transition” says Marie Gourdain. ​


( Photo: Michal Hančovský)
( Photo: Michal Hančovský)
( Photo: Michal Hančovský)
( Photo: Michal Hančovský)
( Photo: Michal Hančovský)
( Photo: Michal Hančovský)