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Kentridge takes over Market
17 August 2011

In Refuse The Hour, William Kentridge displays his remarkable and varied talents, working with a handful of extraordinary artists during the two-week festival.

LOADS of live performances will be on the menu at the Market Theatre for William Kentridge’s Refuse The Hour, a two-week programme of artistic events during September.

William Kentridge
Acclaimed artist William Kentridge
It coincides with Joburg’s Arts Alive International Festival, which runs throughout the month and across the city, with plenty of partners both local and international.

Kentridge’s festival is on from 6 to 18 September, during which time the world renowned artist collaborates with musicians and dancers. The programme, launched on 11 August at the Arts on Main studios in the CBD, is presented by the Market Theatre in association with the Goodman Gallery and the French Institute of South Africa.

First up is I Am Not Me, The Horse Is Not Mine, a theatrical monologue based on a short story by Nikolai Gogol called The Nose. The latter is about a man who wakes up one morning to find his nose has escaped his face and is creating its own life.

The monologue is one of the elements Kentridge developed while he was producing his interpretation of The Nose, which premiered in New York in 2010. “The show combines narration, video projection, vocals and instrumental soundtracks by Phillip Miller,” he said.

It will be performed by Kentridge, who has taken the play to several countries already, including Australia, Japan and Germany. It has also been seen in Cape Town; this is its first Johannesburg season.

I Am Not Me, The Horse Is Not Mine is on the first two nights of the festival, and will be followed by Telegrams From The Nose, on 8 to 10 September.

Dada Masilo
Dancing with Dada
Telegrams From The Nose presents a large canvas painting by Kentridge, over which is projected shapes such as a human shadow; a small, black animated shape using cut-out paper; and geometric patterns evoking Russian constructivism, an artistic movement characterised by the use of industrial materials such as glass, sheet metal and plastic.

And Francois Sarhan reads the works of the Russian authors Gogol, Daniil Kharms and Dmitri Shostakovich.

Following the show, there will be a lecture of Professor Henri-Jacques Glacon, running on the same dates and presented with the help of Institut Francais. Glacon is the imaginary alter-ego of Sarhan.

From 12 to 14 September, Playing On Image will present music, film and performance work.

In it, the music of Miller is presented as a live concert; films include Journey To The Moon, which was released in 2003; Medicine Chest from 2001; and Dance Of The Rhino, which was released in 2005. All of these films are Kentridge works.

On 16 to 18 September, he will collaborate with the award-winning dancer and choreographer, Dada Masilo, in Dancing With Dada. “This will include dance, live music, strange machines and projection,” said Kentridge.

Dada will dance with the machines or sculptures that Kentridge has created.

A scene from Iam Not Me
A scene from I Am Not Me, The Horse Is Not Mine
Dancing With Dada is an enormous project,” said Kentridge. “This is the beginning of us working together; we will see what happens when we combine her dance moves with what I do.”

Dancing With Dada was a first test, and the two would continue working together next year.

Masilo said working with Kentridge was a wonderful opportunity: “I did not know anything about fine arts, but I think it is great to just shift things a little bit,” she said.

And it has inspired her: the dancer said she was going to collaborate with more artists in the future to broaden her knowledge of various arts.

Concluding Refuse The Hour is a Cine-Concert at 3pm on 18 September at the Main Theatre. A selection of Gorge Melies’ French films will be screened, accompanied by narration in French and English.

“We are very lucky to show the films of Gorge Melies as one of the components. Melies was a great film maker and an innovator,” said Kentridge.

All shows start at 8pm at the Market’s Main Theatre. Tickets are available at the theatre and at Computicket, for R150 each.

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Last Updated on 24 August 2011