Third World Bunfight / Brett Bailey

after Verdi

16 - 20 September 2014 / 19:45

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Today's Congo is an inspired setting for this striking adaptation of Verdi's opera.

Refugee performers encounter a trunk containing sheet music and gramophone recordings of Verdi’s Macbeth. Inspired by the composer’s musical adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy, they tell the story of their own conflict-ravaged, exploited homeland.
A warlord and his wife seize power of a province where militia fight to the death over mineral resources. Witchcraft is also at play, in the shape of double-dealing multinational businessmen motivated by ‘profit at any cost’.

Brett Bailey shines a spotlight on the troubled, post-colonial landscape of Africa through his multifaceted work. In this radical take on the seminal opera, he combines bold visuals with a reconstructed score sung by a South African ensemble.

'Undoubtedly the most exciting, provocative stage director in South Africa' Sunday Independent (South Africa)

1 hour 40 mins/no interval

Age guidance 12+ (contains disturbing images of war)

Performed in Italian with English surtitles

17 Sept
Post-show talk with Brett Bailey, Premil Petrovic and members of the Company

Free to same-day ticket holders

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This event is part of:
Theatre & Dance

South Africa

Presented by the Barbican

Co-produced by the Barbican, KFDA/KVS, Wiener Festwochen, Theaterformen Festival and La Ferme du Buisson/Festival d’Automne ŕ Paris

With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union and Artscape

In association with UK Arts International

With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union
With kind support by Artscape
Part of the SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015


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