In conjunction with FringeArts' presentation of Macbeth by South African theater artist Brett Bailey, a series of film screenings will be held to explore the social, political, and artistic themes within the work.
Bailey's adaptation of Verdi's opera Macbeth is set in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Presented in collaboration with Opera Philadelphia, the production features a South African cast and examines post-colonial central Africa through an imaginative appropriation of Shakespeare's tale. The story follows Congolese warlord General Macbeth and his ambitious wife, who murder the king and wreak havoc in the war-torn and corrupt landscape of multinational corporations and militias.
All film screening are free and open to the public. See the full schedule of screenings below.
Brett Bailey: Caught in the Act
A feature documentary on South African playwright Brett Bailey with an introduction by Dr. Megan Lewis, assistant professor of theater history and criticism, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
September 16, 2016
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
Mabele na biso
A 30-minute documentary about community autonomy in Congo, with an introduction by Congolese choreographer and Center contributor, Faustin Linyekula, followed by a Q&A with director Petna Ndaliko.
September 23, 2016
8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
140 N. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia