Tick tock. ‘Can we hold our breath against time?’ Speaking backwards and forwards, to the unsynced ticking of giant metronomes, inimitable South African artist William Kentridge invites you on a journey to the edge of science, theatre and art.
An epic theatrical companion piece to Kentridge’s video installation, The Refusal of Time (2014 PIAF), Refuse the Hour interweaves an astonishing array of visual and sound languages, dance, live music, projections, drama and dynamic scenic design. Kentridge acts as a contemporary storyteller, recounting a tale that begins with the myth of Perseus and ends with Einstein’s visionary findings.
With Kentridge centre stage, the various elements swirl around him: dancer and choreographer Dada Masilo enters into a tight physical interaction with the artist and set, singers and musicians perform Philip Miller’s riveting score, an array of musical machines clatter intermittently into life and Catherine Meyburgh’s video design animates the proceedings.
Entirely original in its conception and presentation, Refuse the Hour is a spectacular multimedia work.
Download the event program here.
Awards & Reviews
‘Remarkable cinematic sequences.’
Cast & Crew / Artists
|Musical conductor, co-orchestration, trumpet and flugel horn||Adam Howard|
|Conception and libretto||William Kentridge|
|Music composition||Philip Miller|
|Video design||Catherine Meyburgh|
|Scenic design||Sabine Theunissen|
|Movement||Luc de Wit|
|Costume design||Greta Goiris|
|Machine design||Christoff Wolmarans|
|Lighting design||Felice Ross|
|Sound design||Gavan Eckhart|
|Video orchestration||Kim Gunning|
|Music direction||Adam Howard|
|Music arrangement and orchestration||Philip Miller|
|Technical Team on Tour|
|Technical director||Richard Pierre|
|Lighting operator||Marine Deballon|
|Sound engineer||Gavin Eckhart|
|Video manipulator||Kim Gunning|
Refuse the Hour was originally co-commissioned by Holland Festival, Festival d'Avignon, RomaEuropa Festival/Teatro di Roma, and Onassis Cultural Center, with additional support provided by Marian Goodman Gallery, Lia Rumma Gallery and Goodman Gallery.
Show Date & Times
Perth Concert Hall 5.00pm*, 7.30pm#
- Feb F 12 #
- S 13 #
- S 14 *