Brisbane Festival, Philip Bacon AM and Queensland Performing Arts Centre present

St Matthew Passion


8 Sept | QPAC - Concert Hall



Isango Ensemble (ZAF)

Australian Premiere

"The Isango Ensemble is unique. I believe no other theatre group in the world so successfully brings old theatre classics into a modern, wholly African expression." SIR IAN MCKELLEN

Directed by Mark Dornford-May

Music Director Mandisi Dyantyis

Inspired by Bach's grand choral work, St Matthew Passion is a musical retelling of Christ’s final hours on earth, using some of Bach’s magnificent vocal music set alongside South African traditional songs and laments and a full marimba orchestra.

This ground-breaking, semi-staged concert deals with the political and spiritual battles Christ faces as he struggles to teach and inspire in an occupied state.

Isango Ensemble has performed for full houses all over the world and won several international awards, especially for their innovative interpretations of Western plays and music. This is their newest creation, and this Australian exclusive is only the second time the piece has been performed anywhere in the world.

Don’t miss this powerful and personal performance, full of revelation.

This performance contains loud sounds and a crucifixion. Suitable for audiences 10+ years.


Produced by Isango Ensemble

Directed by Mark Dornford-May

Music Director Mandisi Dyantyis

Choreography Lungelo Ngamlana

Lighting Designer Mannie Manim

Lighting Re-designer Theo Chadha 


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685– 1750)

St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244

Arranged by Mandisi Dyantyis and Mark Dornford-May

Presented by arrangement with Arts Project Australia.



This event concluded in 2019.

Duration : 70 minutes

QPAC - Concert Hall

Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
QLD 4101

$47 - $65 + booking fee

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