Bergen International Festival 2019 English catalogue FiB Katalog EN 2019 lowres single pages - Page 26

02 6 BE RGE N INTE RN AT I ON AL FE STIVAL 2019 FR I CT I ON dm t Scandinavian premiere D EN N AT I O NA LE S C EN E STO RE SC E NE DAT E/ T I M E Saturday 01 June at 18:00 Sunday 02– Tuesday 04 June at 19:30 D U RAT IO N 1:30 AD D I T I O N A L IN FO RM ATI O N Isango Ensemble will also perform St. Matthews Passion at Oseana Thursday 30 May. See p. 76 T IC KET SS Mendi Standard: 450/500/550 Senior: 405/450/495 Under 30: 190 FiB Fordel: 360/400/440 DN Fordel: 382/425/467 Dancing the Death Drill FJO RDAH A L L E N, KI N SA RVIK DAT E/ T I M E Thursday 06 June at 18:00 T IC KET Ticket sales via Hardanger Musikkfest. The Bergen International Festival’s prices and discounts are not applicable.​ o Writing a Tragedy Meet writer Fred Khumalo. See p. 97. ​ ost had never seen the sea, many M couldn’t swim, few returned from the disaster that has been dubbed ‘The Black Titanic’. In January 1917, 823 South African men board the SS Mendi in Cape Town, volunteers for the British Army bound for the Western Front. Heavy pre-dawn fog shrouds the impending disaster in The English Channel. The collision comes with such force that the SS Mendi sinks in minutes. The colliding vessel sustains only minor damages. The captain does nothing for the men in the water. By the time rescue finally arrives, it is too late for most. 02 6 Dubbed the ‘Black Titanic’, the sinking of SS Mendi was one of the worst maritime disasters in the 20th Century. 646 perished. SS Mendi – Dancing the Death Drill is a pow- erful and moving celebration of life at the moment of death, based on Fred Khumalo’s historical novel and staged and performed by Cape Town’s award-winning Isango Ensemble. The play’s world premiere in Southampton re- ceived wide critical acclaim. “The final death drill — a stamping, ferocious dance, the performers armed with spades and pickaxes, eyes blazing — has a poten- cy that knocks the breath from your body.” – THE TIMES Isango Ensemble Mark Dornford-May director Mandisi Dyantyis musical director Lungelo Ngamlana choreography Mannie Manim lighting designer #FE STSPILLEN E19