Medusa’s Room

Main Programme 2019

In Greek mythology, Medusa was a beautiful young woman who was raped by the god Poseidon. As a punishment, she was turned into a hideous monster with snakes for hair and a deadly gaze.

While examining the legend, writer-director Saara Turunen noticed a glaring lack of Medusa’s point of view. The stories were all about men, who once again took it upon themselves to cast a female in the part of either an object of desire or a terrifying beast – a tradition with devastating repercussions.

Inspired by the myth, Medusa’s Room is a fragmentary, dreamlike and subtle piece dealing with gender-related power dynamics and the practices of silencing.