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William Kentridge’s Refuse the Hour debuts @ Design Indaba 2015

by | Feb 23, 2015 | News | 0 comments

Design Indaba presents South African debut  of William Kentridge’s  chamber opera, ‘Refuse The Hour’, a collaboration with Philip Miller, Dada Masilo, Catherine Meyburgh and Peter Galison.

From 26 to 27 February 2015 the Cape Town City Hall auditorium will become the backdrop to the South African premiere of William Kentridge’s multimedia performance Refuse The Hour.

Described as “an aesthetic and philosophical stage dream” this engrossing performance allows the viewer to experience Kentridge’s art, thinking and process in a singular, evocative way.

He interweaves an astonishing range of visual and sound languages into an engrossing 80-minute performance with a discourse from the artist himself at its centre.

The chamber opera is a multi-layered experience that includes dance, performed and choreographed by Dada Masilo, an original score by Philip Miller, video by Catherine Meyburgh, mechanical sculptures, vocal performance and narration.

The artist delivers a narrative that begins with the ancient Greek myth of Perseus and ends with Einstein amidst a Dadaist pandemonium of sounds and images. An international cast of twelve including dancers, musicians, performers and vocalists accompany him on his journey to the limits of science, ontology and cosmology, combining performance, theatre, opera, contemporary dance, visual installations and video projections in an evocative and unforgettable experience.

Refuse the Hour is a theatrical accompaniment to a 5-channel video installation, The Refusal of Time (made in collaboration with Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh and Peter Galison), presented by the Goodman Gallery at the Iziko National Gallery in Cape Town from February to June 2015.

Mimicking the artist’s signature monochromatic works, the evening’s dress code will be black and white, turning the audience into participants in this art-as-experience event.

WHERE: Cape Town City Hall, Darling Street, Cape Town 8001

TICKETS: General auditorium seating: R400 Balcony seating: R650  Bookings: Computicket

INFO: Design Indaba

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