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Brett Bailey

Born in South Africa in the late 1960s, Brett Bailey experienced apartheid. Via various artistic forms, installations, performances, plays, operas and musical shows, his work questions the dynamics of the post-colonial world and the power relationships that continue to exist between the western world and Africa.

The playwright, director and set designer Brett Bailey founded his company Third World Bunfight in 1996 and works in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Haiti, the UK and Europe. Whether focusing on the career of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin (Big Dada) or the origins of racial inequality in South Africa (Terminal (Blood Diamonds)), Brett Bailey constantly questions the responsibility of the West in the current situation in Africa, but also more broadly what, consciously or unconsciously, still “colonises” people’s minds: the ordinary racism that justifies violence towards others, reflecting the segregated society Brett Bailey grew up in. His iconoclastic work has been presented in Europe, Australia and Africa. His first show in France was Exhibit B, a troubling living exhibition. He has won numerous awards, including the gold medal at the 2007 Prague Quadriennale. He is a member of the theatre  selection committee for the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa, and was invited in 2014 by the International Theater Institute (ITI) to deliver the international message on Unesco World Theatre Day.

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