Some scenes may offend the sensibilities of spectators.
Duration : 1h40
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Show in English, Xhosa and Zulu
Surtitled in french
“His people called him a saviour. More like a loaded gun...” On a dark stage, a ceremony is about to begin. A man in a strange headdress stands in the centre of a circle, while a preacher recounts the story of his life. Samson – hero of the Old Testament and child of Israel – lives under the brutal domination of the Philistines. Dedicated to God as a Nazirite to free his people, he is forbidden from ever cutting his hair, the source of his extraordinary strength. His tragic love for two women from the enemy camp, including the spellbinding Delilah, will lead to humiliation, betrayal, and revenge. The South African director delves into this ancient story, re-contextualising it in both the colonial period and our own era, with its rampant capitalism, migration crises, and xenophobia. Enraptured in a trance, Samson – one of the great archetypes of fury – becomes the symbol of the humiliation and repressed rage of enslaved peoples throughout the ages. Brett Bailey employs classical opera, electronic beats and walls of images to lead us into a bewitching and apocalyptic world where violence and poetry reign.
With Shane Cooper, Mikhaela Kruger, Mvakalisi Madotyeni, Zimbini Makwethu, Marlo Minnaar, Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi, Apollo Ntshoko, Elvis Sibeko, Jonno Sweetman, Abey Xakwe
Text and distribution Brett Bailey Choreography Elvis Sibeko Music Shane Cooper Stage design Brett Bailey, Tanya P. Johnson Lights Kobus Rossouw Video Kirsti Cumming Sound Marcel Bezuidenhout Translation in french for the surtitles Hélène Muron
Production administratorsBarbara Mathers (Third World Bunfight), Sarah Ford (Quaternaire)
Production Third World Bunfight With the support of National Lottery Commission (South Africa), French Institute in South Africa, Onda - Office national de diffusion artistique Support for the takeover Festival d'Avignon, Grec Festival (Barcelona) In partnership with France Médias Monde