Dusk till dawn 'Brazilian rave' play at the Arcola
PUBLISHED: 10:54 30 January 2009 | UPDATED: 14:00 05 October 2010
Victoria Huntley BEGINNING at midnight and lasting until dawn, Hotel Medea is an interactive, promenade performance, featuring a vibrant Brazilian party, a soundtrack by an internationally renowned, a quasi-religious ritual, live video technology a
BEGINNING at midnight and lasting until dawn, Hotel Medea is an interactive, promenade performance, featuring a vibrant Brazilian party, a soundtrack by an internationally renowned, a quasi-religious ritual, live video technology and some steaming cups of hot chocolate.
The show opens with the meeting and marriage of Medea and Jason; as live music plays the barriers between the company and the audience disintegrate, and together they create a frenzied maze of food, blood and dance.
Later, communications take place over mobile phones and video as audience and performers move through the building.
After participating in something akin to a religious ritual, the audience shares a breakfast with the performers, reflecting on the night's events before emerging into the dawn.
Hotel Medea is based on the ancient Greek revenge myth Medea, has a cast of 23 performers and musicians and draws on a range of performance disciplines from different cultures to create a piece that challenges usual performer-audience relationships.
The show's soundtrack is by critically acclaimed Brazilian DJ Dolores, who has worked with David Byrne, the Beastie boys and Le Tigre, will be playing a live set as part of the performance during the opening weekend.
The epic six-hour play is on at Dalston's Arcola Theatre until Saturday, February 14. Doors open at 11.45pm and tickets for the full midnight-dawn stint cost £22.50 from www.arcolatheatre.com or 020 7503 1646.
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