In Greek mythology, Medea was an anti-mother figure who avenges her husband’s betrayal by killing their children. This performance re-envisages this mythical character and explores concepts of motherhood, intimately portraying the life of a contemporary mother living in a foreign country.
Medea/Mothers’ Clothes is an autobiographical representation of Croatian born Dr Lena Simic, and a group of mothers from Liverpool-based toddler groups. It tells the tale of the social and cultural constrictions and the sense of displacement which Lena felt were placed onto her as a mother and as a foreigner. Through the development of the piece as part of her Performance and Maternal Practice research project, Lena found expression through live art, which accommodated her early experiences of motherhood.
Dr Lena Simic is a Senior Lecturer in Drama at Edge Hill University, mother of two and a transnational performance practitioner. Her PhD research project was entitled (Dis)Identifying Female Archetypes in Live Art. Lena’s research interests include feminist theatre, citizenship and performance and the maternal. Lena has performed her work in nationally renowned venues such as Tate Modern, Bluecoat, Arnolfini, and the Nuffield Theatre.
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