A radical take on Verdi’s ‘Macbeth’, conceptualised, designed and directed by Brett Bailey, will be shown at the Artscape Theatre from Wednesday, April, 23, until Saturday, April, 26, at 8.15pm nightly.
The incarnation of Shakespeare’s story of ambition, treachery and witchcraft is set in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa, amongst the wars and ruthless exploitation that tear that invisible corner of the world apart. Within a milieu of multinational double-dealings, ethnic conflict, brutal militia, ‘blood minerals’ and glittering Chinese imports, a Congolese warlord and his ambitious wife murder their leader and unleash atrocities on the crumbling African province that they seize.
Bailey is a prolific South African artist and the director of Third World Bunfight (TWB), a theatre company that has maintained its position at the forefront of South African performance throughout its eighteen year history. ‘Macbeth’ has been rearranged for 10 black South African opera singers and 12 South African musicians (5 strings, 5 wind, 2 percussion) by Fabrizio Cassol, who has previously composed music for Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Alain Platel, Faustin Linyekula, Luc Bondy and Philippe Boesmans. The conductor for ‘Macbeth’ will be Premil Petrovic, an award-winning Berlin-based Serbian with a great reputation, a penchant for extraordinary projects, and a wealth of experience in Croatia, Serbia, Germany, Austria and Portugal.
The leads in the production are Owen Metsileng as Macbeth, Nobulumko Mngxekeza as Lady Macbeth and Otto Maidi as Banquo. ‘Macbeth’ will be lit by Felice Ross, best known for her work with Polish director, Krzysztof Warlikowski. Choreography is by Natalie Fisher.
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