The father returns as a hero from the war, having conquered Troy! But barely home, he is murdered by his wife. Agamemnon, king, father, and hero, is slaughtered by Clytemnestra in the bath. Their son Orestes is in exile – but he will return. And he will have to address this injustice; he will be her legacy.
Aeschylus’s Oresteia questions justice – for Clytemnestra had good reasons to kill Agamemnon, the patriarch and murderer of her daughter. The tragedy is a founding myth. It tells the end of a system where revenge is retribution – yet revenge knows no peace, every act demands atonement, from generation to generation, eternally. And it speaks of a new beginning, of the development of a justice that listens to all parties and weighs reasons. Orestes returns home to a completely destroyed world. He is tasked with restoring justice. But what is justice? And how can it endure? How?
José Fernando Peixoto de Azevedo, one of the prominent figures in Black Brazilian Theatre, presents in his production a Black perspective on violence and the possible end of violence. As part of the Black Berlin Black – United Polyphonic festival, he came to Berlin to reflect on fate and self-determination, justice, and democracy with five Black performers and to reinterpret Aeschylus’s Oresteia. With this approach, Ballhaus Naunynstraße aims for a translocal exchange of experiences, a strengthening of Black perspectives – United Polyphonic.
José Fernando Peixoto de Azevedo was last seen at Ballhaus Naunynstraße in November 2022 with a guest performance of his production Navalha na Carne Negra (Razor in Black Flesh).
In the context of the festival BLACK BERLIN BLACK – UNITED POLYPHONIC
Direction: José Fernando Peixoto de Azevedo
Dramaturgy: Viviana Medina
Assistant director: Uriara Maciel
Light design: Emilio Cordero Checa
Sound design: Ashiq Khondker
Costume design: Jaq Lisboa
Assistant stage and costume design: Val de Licer
Video design / Live camera: Zé de Paiva
Make-up: Rafael Delgado
Surtitles: Marold Langer-Philippsen
Festival assitant: Julien Enzanza
With: Dena Abay, Jean-Philippe Adabra, Sithembile Menck, Lara-Sophie Milagro, Magnus Elias Rosengarten
Festival assistant: Julien Enzanza
Production management: Camila de Abreu
A production by Kultursprünge im Ballhaus Naunynstraße gemeinnützige GmbH, funded by the State of Berlin and the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion, as part of the festival Black Berlin Black – United Polyphonic