William Kentridge: Refuse the Hour
Onassis Cultural Centre |

Making his first appearance in Greece, William Kentridge, the leading South African visual artist and director, embarks on an on-stage search for lost Time. A multifaceted genius and one of the most significant artists of our time, he won accolades for his Apartheid-era installations, his ‘primitive’ animations and his multimedia performances. Kentridge is coming to the OCC with his latest work, the “chamber opera” Refuse the Hour, a theatrical version of the large-scale installation project The Refusal of Time with which he took part in Documenta 13 at Kassel.
He takes the starring role himself, playing a contemporary storyteller who begins his narrative with the myth of Perseus and ends with Einstein, space-time and black holes. Amidst a Dadaist pandemonium of sounds and images, thirteen dancers, musicians, performers and singers accompany him on his journey to the limits of science, ontology and cosmology, combining performance, theatrical rendition, opera, contemporary dance, visual installations and video projections. The playful, philosophically questing spectacle that results is utterly unforgettable.

Written and conceived by William Kentridge

Music: Philip Miller

Choreography: Dada Masilo 
Video construction & editing: Catherine Meyburgh 
Dramaturge: Peter Galison 
Stage design: Sabine Theunissen 
Movement direction: Luc de Wit
Costume design: Greta Goiris 
Machine design: Christoff WolmaransLouis OlivierJonas Lundquist 
Lighting design: Urs Schoenebaum 
Musical direction & orchestration: Adam Howard 

William KentridgeDada Masilo (dance), Donatienne Michel-Dansac (soprano and harmonium), Ann Masina (vocals), Joanna Dudley (vocals), Bahm Ntabeni(actor and vocals), Thato Motlhaolwa (actor), Adam Howard (trumpet and flugelhorn), Philip Miller (keyboards), Tlale Makhene (percussion), Waldo Alexander (violin), Dan Selsick (trombone), Vincenzo Pasquariello (piano),Thobeka Thukane (tuba)

Co-production: Holland Festival, Festival d’Avignon, RomaEuropa Festival/Teatro di Roma, Onassis Cultural Centre
With the support of the Marian Goodman Gallery (New York and Paris), Lia Rumma Gallery (Naples and Milan), the Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg and Cape Town) and the Goethe-Institut (South Africa)

22-25 November 2012, 20:30

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