By Saara Turunen (FIN)
3 F / 2 M
Finnish original text, English translation
In ancient mythology Medusa was a fair maiden, who was raped by Poseidon. As a punishment she was transformed into a horrifying monster with snakes in place of hair. Medusa’s Room is a fragmentary work for theatre, inspired by the myth of Medusa. It raises up images and situations, moments and flashes that all have some kind of relationship with power, its genderization and inequal distribution.
MEDUSA’S ROOM is a continuation for the theatrical language and way of presentation familiar from Turunen’s previous piece, THE PHANTOM OF NORMALITY. The works function as a kind of diptych, but at the same time they build their wholly own, independent and unique worlds.
“Beautiful, funny, entertaining, even provocative. Leisurely, subtle, not too easy, pretty serious, gentle. Very gentle.”
“Medusa’s Room is not easy, but not difficult either. It has plenty of ugliness, but more beauty. The piece stirs, but does not force. Makes you smile, not cry at all.” Sanna Kangasniemi, Helsingin Sanomat