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A group of African performers, desperately fleeing the atrocities in eastern Congo, discovered a trunk of worn-out costumes, a yellowed libretto, and an old recording of Verdi’s Macbeth: the departure point for a revival of this ancient tale of passion, witchcraft, and hunger for power, in the background of the ruthless exploitation of the African continent.

The South African theatre-maker Brett Bailey is a keen critic of colonialism. We know him from his shocking Exhibit B, an exhibition of live African people. For this contemporary adaptation of Verdi’s opera Macbeth he is collaborating with the Brussels composer Fabrizio Cassol.