Forever Medea

3rd floor 2nd door left

A piece of the series ›Text and Dance‹

Photos: Valentin Eisele


»So basically I can’t complain, not at all. I feel our everyday life here is very structured. And honestly, I must say, you wouldn’t think so, but I’m really good here. They wake me up in the morning and the woman who controls the life signs is incredibly polite. She opens the door, quite discreetly only a slit, and then she says »Good morning.« You wake up with a good feeling. I’ve made myself comfortable here. I will stay forever. It may sound funny, but honestly, I feel strong and somehow immortal, like a goddess. I realized  if I had never given birth to my children, I would never had to kill them.«

Inspired by the myth of Medea, this piece by backsteinhaus produktion presents a modern confrontation with an unimaginable act. In her solo, Nicki Liszta explores the limits of repression, self-determination and liberation.


Premiere: 19. June 2014 // OST – Freie Szene im Depot, Stuttgart



Performance and creation: Nicki Liszta

Musician: Heiko Giering

Artistic directors: Nicki Liszta, Christian Müller, Isabelle v. Gatterburg
Music director and composition: Heiko Giering
Stage and costumes: Valentin Eisele
Executive director: Isabelle Gatterburg
Lighting: Ingo Joos
Video: Dilini C. Keethapongalan, Christian Müller

Duration of the piece: ca. 55 minutes



»Slowly, with uncanny dynamism, the puzzle of a psychosis is put together. Liszta’s co-directors in this dramaturgically great increase were Christian Müller and Isabelle von Gatterburg. Medea’s husband left her, she killed the children and, like the moths at the time, ›let them fly‹ out of the window. But even these cruel details are not the full truth and are surpassed by the terrible facts that are gradually revealed in a frightening maelstrom, in filth, child cries and off-voices.« Angela Reinhardt, 21./22. June 2014, Esslinger Zeitung

»Impressive the continuation of the idea … when the protagonist describes the life in prison in a naive narrative tone, playing down and suppressing it; ›So basically I can’t complain, not at all, I have the feeling that our everyday life here is very structured, I’m really doing well here.‹
The body refuses what the intellect is capable of. In agonizing slowness – Heiko Giering has composed irritating disharmonies for this – this Medea drags and pulls herself across the floor, is unable to rise, every attempt fails. Nicki Liszta shows her artistic strengths in these creative moments of a self-contained soul in a persuasive manner … .« Brigitte Jähnigen, 21. June 2014, Stuttgarter Nachrichten

»Nicki Liszta knows how to use the big stage. Accompanied by the minimalist guitar sounds of Heiko Giering, ›Forever Medea‹ starts in jail. Locked up in a cell marked on the floor, Nicki Liszta crawls through this restricted living space between camp bed and toilet bowl, table and armchair – a desperate attempt to arrange with being locked in.« Adrienne Braun, 21. June 2014, Stuttgarter Zeitung


With ›Forever Medea‹ backsteinhaus produktion / nicki liszta & co. continues the series ›Text and Dance‹. Funded through conceptions-subsidies of the City of Stuttgart. Kindly supported by Produktionszentrum Tanz und Performance Stuttgart and Teilchenbeschleuniger.


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