The fascination of bright, sharp and passionate myths has not been fading for more than two thousand years. No wonder these stories keep re-appearing in books, movies and plays nowadays. As for antique authors, they were inspired by the mythology not only to create, but also to compete. So in 431 BC at the Great Dionysia – a major fest in Ancient Greece - a playwrights contest was held, where Euripides presented his "Medea" - the only extant part of his tetralogy of plays.
Medea, a powerful sorceress, daughter of the king of Colchis and granddaughter of Helios, falls in love with Jason, the leader of the Argonauts, helps him get the Golden Fleece, runs with him to Greece and gives birth to two sons of his. They find shelter in Corinth, where, a few years later, Jason intends to marry a daughter of the local king. And then, Medea decides to take her revenge...
The play was included in the Boris and Inara Teterev Foundation’s arts programme TÊTE-À-TÊTE 2016 (for more details about the programme, please visit: www.tat.lv/en).