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.