SAMSON brings the popular biblical myth into the 21st century in a hard-edged, anarchic music-theatre production, which plays out within a global context of unbridled capitalism, ethnic extremism, human displacement and rage. It is set in a dystopian present in which a rapacious and supremacist Master Race feeds off the labour of the Downtrodden Masses.
Performed with opera, choral singing, punchy animated video scenography, black humour, brooding swagger and the booming sub-bass of dub-step music.
In an era of intolerance and polarisation, 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…
2019-06-27 00:00:00 2019-06-29 00:00:00 - National Arts Festival, Grahamstown - South Africa
2019-03-08 00:00:00 2019-03-10 00:00:00 - US Woordfees 2019, Stellenbosch - South Africa
Artistic Direction : Brett Bailey