BABYLON BEYOND BORDERS
A live streamed performance happening simultaneously in four countries.
Four extraordinary theatres, each deeply rooted in their own community, explore their relationship to home, language and migration. A Brazilian activist at the Pequeno Ato Theatre in São Paulo performs with a chorus of women from Shepherd’s Bush. Musicians at Harlem Stage in New York City act out the experiences of students at the Market Theatre Lab in Johannesburg in a celebration of the possibility and power of cross border encounters.
Devised by Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Pedro Granato, Mwenya Kabwe and Ruthie Osterman. London scenes written by Annie Siddons. Dramaturged by Annie Siddons.
Bush Theatre (London, UK) – a world-famous home for new plays and an internationally renowned champion of playwrights.
Harlem Stage (NYC, USA) – an award-winning performing arts centre that features diverse local, national, and global artists in music, film, opera, theatre, dance and literature.
Pequeno Ato (São Paulo, Brazil)- award-wining young independent theatre focusing on creating new dramaturgy and contemporary aesthetics.
Market Theatre Lab (Johannesburg, South Africa) was operating as an independent, non-racial theatre during the country’s apartheid regime. The theatre provides a platform for professional performing and visual arts repertoire.
Presented by Bush Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre in partnership with Artistic Directors of the Future.
The UP NEXT initiative is funded by the Arts Council England Sustained Theatre grant. Babylon Beyond Borders is generously supported by Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Garfield Weston Foundation.
WRITER PERFORMER HUMANSHOWWOMAN