Samson is an apocalyptic dance-music-theatre piece, based on the popular Old Testament hero myth of loss, betrayal and rage and interpreted on a rich visual canvas, with haunting choreography, soaring vocals and live electronica. In era of intolerance and polarization, a young man with a 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.
Book and lyrics: Brett Baily. Music: Shane Cooper.
2019: National Arts Festival
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