Wednesday, 31 August 2011

A feast of William Kentridge on at the Market Theatre in September

Refuse the Hour is a two-week programme of live performance events created by William Kentridge in collaboration with among others, composer Philip Miller and dancer and choreographer Dada Masilo. Each of the 5 events showcases Kentridge in a different collaborative relationship. 

Kentridge is perhaps most renowned for his charcoal drawings but he very often explores and showcases his work in collaboration with artists from other genres, such as music, dance or film. Kentridge has said: "If it can't be made out of masking tape or cardboard, I need a collaborator." 

The multi-layered meaning, absurdity and originality of a Kentridge collaboration can only be fully appreciated as a member of the audience in one of these rare live performances. Kentridge is without question one of, if not the most, internationally renowned South African artist. This unforgettable experience is not to be missed.

All tickets are R 150 and available at Computicket. Hit the jump for more.

7 September at 20h00

I am not me, the horse is not mine is a rare solo theatrical monologue by Kentridge himself combining lecture, narration, video projection and a vocal and instrumental soundtrack by Philip Miller. This is the only show to have just a single performance open to the public. It is based on a short story written in 1837, by a Russian writer Nikolai Gogol called The Nose, in which a man wakes up one morning to find his nose has escaped his face and attained a higher rank in society. The story is a comment on the hierarchy of society and the perception of the self. In 1928, Shostakovich turned the short story it into an opera also entitled The Nose. In 2010, Kentridge reworked the opera, which premiered at New York's prestigious Metropolitan Opera. I am not me, the horse is not mine forms part of this Opera and has appeared at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. This is the first time it is being staged in Johannesburg.



 8, 9 & 10 September at 20h00 (this is a double bill performance)

Kentridge continues his presentation of excerpts from his opera The Nose, this time combining it with other projections and original music by French composer François Sarhan. The production features a large canvas painted by Kentridge resembling a collage of newspapers over which various black images are projected depicting the progress of science. Accompanying the projections, the composer Sarhan reads texts by Russian authors including that of Nikolai Gogol (the author of The Nose) in 12 different music pieces. The music is performed live by acclaimed South African musicians. Telegrams from the Nose has been performed all over the world including Berlin, Paris, Oslo and Amsterdam. This is the first time it is being staged in Johannesburg.

Telegrams from the Nose is followed by a lecture by Sarhan's imaginary alter ego Professor Henry Jacques Glaçon. His lecture will be accompanied by a quartet from Lyon, France.

12, 13 & 14 September at 20h00 
Playing On Image again showcases original music by Phillip Miller presented as a live concert, including singing by internationally renowned singer Joanna Dudley. The music is set to projections of well known Kentridge films including Journey To The Moon (2003), Medicine Chest (2001) and Dance Of The Rhino (2005).


16 & 17 September at 20h00; 18 September at 19h00
This performance, as alluded to in the title, is a collaboration between Kentridge and award-winning dancer and choreographer Dada Masilo. It includes dance, original live music by Philip Miller, sounds produced by strange machines and Kentridge's projections. Dancing with Dada is aimed at ultimately forming part of Kentridge's bigger project: The Refusal of the Hour to be presented in Kassel, Germany in 2012, which explores the notion of time and our construction of it. Dancing with Dada premiers at the Market Theatre.


16 & 17 September at 20h00; 18 September at 19h00 
Concluding the programme is a single cine-concert comprising of 12 short films by the innovative French filmmaker George Méliès, who made over 520 short films between 1896 and 1913. The screening includes Méliès' most famous film A Trip to the Moon (1902) and will be accompanied by a live piano performance by Méliès great-great-grandson and narration by his great-grand-daughter. Kentridge's film Journey to the Moon, which was inspired by Méliès will be screened afterwards.

This post was generously contributed by Lindiwe Knutson.


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