Ponte in Johannesburg; The antique building of the federal police in São Paulo; The Twin Towers in New York. Grenfell Tower in London: These buildings are linked to traumatic events. They evoke news-making, critical socio-political subject matters and they represent the meaningful stories of their respective communities. Used in reference to the symbolic and contentious biblical text of the Tower of Babel, they are iconic sky-scraping towers with deep and unfolding histories representative of diverse ethnicities, migration and diasporic experiences. The images, sounds, narratives and movements that the four towers conjure are brought together simultaneously in a ground-breaking global theatre project called Babylon: Beyond Borders. This is an international collaboration between Johannesburg’s Market Theatre Lab, New York’s Harlem Stage, São Paulo’s Pequeno Ato and London’s Bush Theatre.

These four theatres, deeply rooted in their communities, collaborate and explore their rela...

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