Samson

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Theatre
PG16

Director: Brett Bailey
Choreographer: Vincent Mantsoe
Music Composed By: Shane Cooper
Company: Third World Bunfight

A new work by Brett Bailey (Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre 2001)
Choreography by Vincent Mantsoe (Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance 1996)
Score by Shane  Cooper (Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2013)

A lyrical, sharp-edged, apocalyptic dance-music-theatre piece, based on the popular Old Testament hero myth of loss, betrayal and rage, and interpreted on a rich visual canvas, with haunting choreography, soaring vocals and live electronica.

“My take on Samson brings the tale crashing into the 21st century. I locate it in a dystopian contemporary context of political extremism, unbridled capitalism, inequality and violence; and indulge my fascination with shamanism, ritual, the repressed and the non-rational.” – Brett Bailey

In an era of intolerance and polarization, a young man with a hero mission channels the fury of his oppressed people, and inflicts terror on the population that he holds accountable for their subjugation. As the body count mounts and war surges, Delilah – an ambivalent enemy agent – seduces and ritually castrates him. His brutal punishment in the detention facilities of the authorities spurs him to an act of suicidal devastation…

Co-produced by WOORDFEES and the NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL
Created with the support of THE NATIONAL LOTTERIES COMMISSION SOUTH AFRICA and INSTITUT FRANÇAIS D’AFRIQUE DU SUD.

 

4 Comments

  1. theilochen_perumal 28 June 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Opera, rap, dance and very energetic – you have to have a very artistic mind to appreciate . A play on the biblical story

  2. sterry 29 June 2019 at 7:39 am

    A layered and interesting piece. You need to be open minded. Classic Brett Bailey presented in a visually beautiful style. Definitely a must see from this stalwart of post modern performance.

  3. eugenemalan 29 June 2019 at 2:56 pm

    It took theatre to another level. Great performance! Thanks!

  4. ick625 3 July 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Definitely not for everybody. I’m a very open-minded theatre goer, and this one was difficult to get on board for. While the live music and multimedia are well done, the story lacks and is very anticlimactic. It was disappointing after hearing about all the success with Macbeth.

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