New Era (Windhoek)

16 August 2013

Namibia: Oyo Premieres the Dark Medea

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Windhoek — The Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) Premiere The Dark Medea at theGoethe Centre next Wednesday, August 21.

The play portrays an ancient Greek tragedy produced in 431 Before Christ (BC) about a woman driven by rage and indignation, seeking revenge for the destruction of her marriage, makes a choice no mother should have to make. "I have always been fascinated by Greek mythology,"says Philippe Talavera, the play choreographer. "They have an incredibly relevance even nowadays. Everybody blames Medea. But what of Jason, her husband, who turns his back and walks away? Many boys and men in Namibia impregnate their partners and turn away. Is it right? Is it fair? Can we really blame a 16-years old girl for an act that is clearly one of despair?" akss Talavera.

Talevera adds that baby dumping shows that there is something going fundamentally wrong in our society.

"Statistics about baby dumping in Namibia are rising. Baby dumping is the abandonment of newborn babies, often in isolated areas. Babies are abandoned in dustbins, flushed down toilets or let to die in the veld. It is time for us to look back at ourselves, and try and understand where we are going wrong. We hope 'the dark Medea' will trigger many passionate discussions," he appeals.

The play will be performed by the OYO dance troupe together with two guests, Nancy Roberts and Emily Gibbs from the United Kingdom (UK)."We created entire sections of the piece, investigating movements and emotions and translating them into solos, duets, canons and unisons," says Talavera.

The Dark Medea is a continuation of OYO's former works, such as Eros and Thanatos in 2004 and the Namibian Odysseus' in 2008. The play starts at seven O'clock in the evening (19h00) and entrance is free. There are only 120 seats available, so interested people are advised to call Karolina at 061-254915 to book their seats to avoid disappointment at the door.

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