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Medea at Sunset (2016)
a dance opera
for vocal ensemble, orchestra, tap shoes, field recordings
Film siren Monica Vitti from Antonioni's Red Desert collides with opera singer Maria Callas from Pasolini's Medea. But they sing in Ukrainian in this fever dream.
Written, Composed, and Directed by Michelle Sui
Against the backdrop of 1960s Italian cinema is a refugee crisis sensationalized by media coverage of a swimming woman fit for the 2016 Olympic Refugee Team.
Medea at Sunset is a musing on the mother tongue, language and its failings,
Medea as refugee, Medea as ingenue, Medea as you and me.
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