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Witches and Their Power and Agency in Brett Bailey's Macbeth (2014)
Wong,Katrine K.
Source PublicationAdaptation
ISSN17550637 17550645
AbstractIn 2014, South African playwright Brett Bailey and Belgian composer Fabrizio Cassol gave the world a contemporary operatic version of Macbeth set in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). We cannot simply call it an adaptation; rather, it is an adaptation based on a (fictional) performance of Verdi's adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Building upon the lyricism of the Three Weird Sisters in Shakespeare's Macbeth and the chorus of witches in Verdi's Macbeth, this article discusses how Bailey's production, through underscoring and converging upon the vocal and physical presence of the chorus of witches, addresses the on-going, and yet hidden, ethnic and military conflicts in the DRC fed by greed and corruption of multinational corporations and regional governments and generals, and demonstrates how this production and its mise-en-scène invite local and global interpretations and responses.
KeywordCongo Macbeth Mining Music Opera Witches
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Corresponding AuthorWong,Katrine K.
AffiliationDepartment of English,University of Macau E21,,Taipa,Macao
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Wong,Katrine K.. Witches and Their Power and Agency in Brett Bailey's Macbeth (2014)[J]. Adaptation,2017,10(2):262-283.
APA Wong,Katrine K..(2017).Witches and Their Power and Agency in Brett Bailey's Macbeth (2014).Adaptation,10(2),262-283.
MLA Wong,Katrine K.."Witches and Their Power and Agency in Brett Bailey's Macbeth (2014)".Adaptation 10.2(2017):262-283.
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