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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

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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