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Jasmin Vardimon Company's Medusa at Sadler's Wells and on tour

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS autumn, Jasmin Vardimon premieres her brand new work Medusa as the climax of the twentieth anniversary year of her award-winning and critically acclaimed company. The production will tour nationally and include a Sadler’s Wells run from October 22 to October 24, 2018.

MEDUSA (me•du•sa)

Zoology: a saucer-shaped or dome-shaped, free-swimming jellyfish or hydra.

Greek Mythology: the only mortal gorgon, who was decapitated by Perseus.

Jasmin Vardimon’s new work is a reflection on the powerful feminine symbol of Medusa, the myth and its various connotations in our contemporary life.

One of the world’s leading female choreographers, Vardimon examines the gendered historical significance of Medusa; the myth, the symbolism and the philosophical idea of ‘reflection’. The new full-length production not only looks back to deconstruct the myth but will also look forward and explore her aquatic symbolism in the environmental future of our seas.

Medusa brings together the artistic team behind Vardimon’s previous creations with a remarkable multi-talented international cast of performers.

In addition to Sadler’s Wells, dates will include Gulbenkian Canterbury (September 13-15); Northcott Theatre, Exeter (October 3-5); Cambridge Junction, Cambridge (October 10); and Dance East, Ipswich (October 18-20).

Jasmin Vardimon said: “Whilst eschewing a retelling of the story itself, I’m interested in the Greek myth of Medusa as an inspiration and as a metaphor to reflect on this powerful symbol of womanhood and examine its contemporary resonances and significance to the world around us.”

A leading force in British dance theatre for nearly twenty years, Jasmin Vardimon has built a reputation for challenging, exciting and visually stunning dance and continues to add to the body of critically acclaimed, artistically respected yet accessible work both for the company she formed in 1998 and for some of the leading dance companies across the world.

Born and raised in Israel, she has been an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells since 2006. She has also been recognised with the positions of Associate Artist at The Place in 1998 and at Yorkshire Dance as a Partner from 1999 – 2005. In 2014, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from University of London.

Enjoying sell-out performances across the UK and internationally, Jasmin Vardimon Company’s works include Freedom, 7734, Yesterday, Justitia, Park and Lullaby. In 2015, the company collaborated with The Turner Contemporary in Margate and the architect Ron Arad and artist Guy Bar-Amotz on the critically acclaimed immersive performance Maze.

The company’s most recent work, an adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s classic fairy tale Pinocchio, returned to the road this Spring and has enjoyed two critically acclaimed tours and a sell out run at Sadler’s Wells since it premiered in 2016.

Co-commissioned by Sadler’s Wells, Gulbenkian, Kent County Council, Dance East and Institute of the Arts Barcelona, Medusa will be directed and choreographed by Jasmin Vardimon.