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Spielzeiteröffnung 2015: We Don't Contemporary
Brett Bailey / Third World Bunfight:


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  • © Nicky Newman
  • © Nicky Newman
  • © Nicky Newman
  • © Nicky Newman
  • © Nicky Newman
  • © Nicky Newman
  • © Nicky Newman
  • © Nicky Newman
  • © Nicky Newman
  • Thu, 24.09.2015 20:00 [Premiere]
    in italian with german and arabic subtitles
    Kampnagel – K6
  • Fri, 25.09.2015 20:00
    in italian with german and arabic subtitles
    Kampnagel – K6
  • Sat, 26.09.2015 20:00
    in italian with german and arabic subtitles
    Kampnagel – K6

In this radical take on Verdi’s Macbeth, Shakespeare’s story of greed, tyranny and remorse is set in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), amongst the wars and ruthless exploitation that tear that invisible corner of the world apart.

 The on-going conflict is fueled by multinational corporations and corrupt regional governments and generals, greedy for the natural resources that swell their pockets. As in so many parts of the ‘developing world’, there is scant regard for the bloodshed and despair at the bottom of the supply chain.

Over the past 20 years there have been more deaths in the eastern DRC than in any conflict since World War II, and yet the crisis barely registers in the global media. The cost of a large proportion of the cell phones, gaming consoles, laptops and jewelry that we crave and consume is the carnage and misery that occur in the shadows cast by the bright lights of the First World.

Within a milieu of multinational double-dealings, ethnic conflict, ruthless militia, ‘blood minerals’ and glittering Chinese imports, a Congolese warlord, General Macbeth, and his ambitious wife murder the king and unleash atrocities on the crumbling province that they seize.

Verdi’s score has been rewritten and adapted for 12 onstage musicians by Belgian composer, Fabrizio Cassol. The work is performed by a tight ensemble of 10 South African opera singers, and the renowned trans-Balkan ‘No Borders Orchestra‘ conducted by Serbian conductor, Premil Petrovic.

“there can be no denying the power and originality of this astonishing appropriation of Verdi’s Macbeth” (The Telegraph, London)

Brett Bailey / Third World Bunfight: Macbeth from Kampnagel on Vimeo.


  • CONCEPT, DESIGN & DIRECTION: Brett Bailey / Third World Bunfight
  • Music, freely after Verdi: Fabrizio Cassol
  • Musical Director: Premil Petrović
  • Lighting Design: Felice Ross
  • with: Owen Metsileng, Nobulumko Mngxekeza, Owen Metsileng (Macbeth), Nobulumko Mngxekeza (Lady Macbeth), Otto Maidi / Ebenezer Sawuli (Banquo), Sandile Kamle, Jacqueline Manciya, Monde Masimini, Siphesihle Mdena, Bulelani Madondile, Philisa Sibeko, Thomakazi Holland (Chor)
  • No Borders Orchestra: Stanko Madic (1st violin), Jelena Dimitrijevic (2nd violin), Sasa Mirkovic (viola), Vinko Rucner (cello), Ilin-Dime Dimovski (double bass), , Jasna Nadles (flute), Nenad Nesic (clarinet), Milos Dopsaj (bassoon), Nenad Markovic (trumpet), Viktor Ilieski (trombone) Percussionists Cherilee Adams, Dylan Tabisher
  • Managing Director: Barbara Mathers
  • Technical Manager: Miguel Munoz
  • company manager: Catherine Henegan
  • Stage Manager: Pule Sethlako
  • Sound Engineer: Pierre-Olivier Boulant
  • AV Engineer & technical assistant: Carlo Thompson
  • Re-lighter: Tal Bitton
  • Video illustration and animation: Roger Williams
  • Photographs projected during the opera : Marcus Bleasdale/VII & Cedric Gerbehaye
  • Surtitle text: Brett Bailey
  • Rehearsal pianist : Jose Diaz/Kurt Haupt
  • costumes: Penny Simpson
  • props: Cristina Salvoldi; Iron Pear
  • Publicity photographs : Morne van Zyl & Brett Bailey
  • Vocal Coach: Albert Combrink

Eine Produktion von KFDA/KVS / Wiener Festwochen / Theaterformen Festival / The Barbican / La Ferme du Buisson / Festival d’Automne à Paris. Mit Dank an Roger Christmann / Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Institute. Mit der Unterstützung des Kultur-Programms der Europäischen Union.

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