Simona Medolago


Director and Performer SIMONA MEDOLAGO (ITA)
Lighting Designer ROMMI RUTTAS (EST)
Scenographer KATHARINA KUUSEMETS (Estonian Academy of Arts)

Premiere on 18 May 2021 in Püha Vaimu SAAL (Tallinn)


“Sometimes you have to turn your back on your goal to get there, sometimes you’re farthest away when you’re closest, sometimes the only way is the long one.”
― Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust

“the best thing to do when one gets lost is to stop and wait to be found”’

“some things are not made to be understood”

“a labyrinth has only one route”
― Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust

At a time like this, it’s hard to find the sense of wonder somewhere. The world feels like it’s shrinking, while our lives get locked up in a box from which it seems impossible to leave. We can’t fit in the places where we thought we belonged, the places we once called home, and we end up endlessly looking for a place to inhabit, somewhere we can call our own, a place detached from everything but connected to everything, somewhere that might not even exist. We can’t be here; we can’t be there.

It’s like being suspended in a leap, when we reach the peak and we’re not going up anymore, but we’re still not being dragged down, when we start to forget the feeling of the ground under our feet, forgetting where we came from, not knowing where we are or where we are going, lost in an endless search for none knows what. Looking for a place where we can just sit down and stop for a moment. Wanting to be found; hoping, without knowing it, to be able to find that something that might reawaken a sense of wonder that can captivate us and show us the meaning and beauty of things.

Suspended is a performance based on personal experience, though its goal is not merely to narrate a story. The confusion, the loss of any reference points, the dilemma of not recognizing one’s own self, together with the struggle to find a way to properly communicate when words seem to escape us, mixing our thoughts, are all elements of this performance that aims to create an experience of a modern exile, an exile that is not necessarily related to displacement but a metaphysical condition that can be experienced in many different ways. The many different experiences collected to create Suspended, have been intertwined to build a bridge that the spectators can cross, to open a door for them to access this experience so that it can resonate with them and, maybe, allow them to find their own connection.