By order of Apollo, appearing to him in a dream, Phryxus had at one time brought the Golden Fleece from the temple in Delphi to Colchis. There King Aietes, Medea’s father, slew and robbed him. Years later Pelias, king of the Greek city of Iolkos, sent his nephew Jason to Colchis with the mission to bring the fleece back to Greece. Medea fell in love with the stranger and helped him to take possession of the coveted object. For Jason she broke with her father and her home country, and allowed the suicide of her brother Absyrtus to happen. Medea accompanied Jason to Iolkos, where, shortly after their arrival, King Pelias died under mysterious circumstances. Jason was feared because of his foreign companion, Medea because of her magic. Accused of having murdered King Pelias, the couple and their children reached the Greek city of Corinth after a long odyssey. Many years earlier, Jason had spent a happy youth at the court of Creon and his daughter Creusa. Here the fugitive couple now hopes to receive protection for themselves and their
two children …
Under cover of darkness, Medea buries a chest of mysterious objects: mementoes from Colchis, magic objects, including the Golden Fleece. But the past forces itself onto Jason’s and Medea’s present in the form of a fight about Pelias’ unresolved death and Medea being a foreigner in Corinth – and in the form of Creusa, Jason’s girlfriend from the days of his youth. She seeks out Jason’s company, lures the children and hurts Medea deeply. A messenger, sent by the court of the Greek city-state of Delphi, announces the verdict on Jason and Medea, the alleged murderers of King Pelias: exile from Greece or death. In this game of shelter, power, and love, Creon decides to take in the children and the Greek Jason – as husband to his daughter Creusa – at the court. Regardless of Medea’s submissive gestures and assertions of her innocence, and despite her break with her origins and her desperate threats, Creon exiles Medea from Corinth.
Creon, accompanied by Jason, demands that Medea hand over the fleece. Instead she gives him other presents for Jason’s marriage to Creusa. Filled of dark premonitions Gora delivers these gifts. At dusk Medea kills the two children. Creusa dies in a flaming dress, a present from Medea. In the face of disaster, Jason mourns his fate. Medea decides to return the fleece to Delphi, where the priests of the sanctuary can judge her. Jason, all of his dreams having come to an end, leaves her to the night.