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Refuse the Hour

06 Sep 2011 - 18 Sep 2011

Venue: Main Theatre
Duration: 110 minutes
Age Restriction: 6

Refuse the Hour is a two week programme of live performance events created by artist William Kentridge, composers Philip Miller and François Sarhan, dancer
and choreographer Dada Masilo, video editor Catherine Meyburgh and performance director Sue Pam-Grant. There is a single cine-concert of the work of the innovative late French filmmaker Georges Méliès, who made over 520 short films between 1896 and 1913. The programme, which is presented by The Market Theatre in association with the Goodman Gallery and the French Institute of South Africa, includes work made in the past few years and premieres a new dance concert, Dancing with Dada.


I am not me, the horse is not mine
6 & 7 September 2011 at 20h00

In 1837, the Russian writer Nikolai Gogol wrote the short story The Nose. A man wakes up one morning to find that his nose has escaped his face and attained a higher rank than his own. This story about both the terrors of hierarchy and the division of the self was the source text for Dmitri Shostakovich’s 1928 opera The Nose. I am not me, the horse is not mine is a theatrical monologue based on Gogol’s short story, and is part of an extensive body of work Kentridge developed in working towards his production of The Nose, which premiered at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in March 2010. In I am not me, Kentridge combines narration, video projection, and a vocal and instrumental soundtrack by Philip Miller. The lecture has been seen in Australia, Japan, Korea, Italy, the United States, France and Germany. Later this year it will be presented in Moscow and Istanbul. While it was presented at the South African National Gallery in Cape Town in 2008, this is the first time that the lecture is being staged in Johannesburg.

Telegrams from the Nose
8, 9 & 10 September 2011 at 20h00

Telegrams from the Nose combines French composer François Sarhan’s original music with Kentridge’s projections, including preparatory fragments for the opera The Nose. Telegrams presents a large canvas painted by Kentridge over which is projected amorphous human shadows, small black animated silhouettes in cut-out paper, geometric shapes evoking Russian constructivism. In phase with Kentridge’s images, the music scrolls through a series of hurried,
scratched out, dislocated “Shostakovian vignettes”.Within the performance Sarhan reads texts by Nikolai Gogol, Russian author Daniil Kharms, Dmitrij Shostakovich as well as Nikolai Bukharin – who was a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party and loyal party member until he was executed on March 15, 1938, by order of Stalin – in 12 different music pieces. Presented with the support of Institut Français.


8, 9 & 10 September 2011 after Telegrams from the Nose In a presentation by Sarhan’s imaginary alter-ego, he continues his well-known series, The Lectures of Professor Glaçon. “History might not be what it is said to be, or at least one can suppose that the many episodes which happened, or were close to happening, are not reported,” explains Glaçon. “The same happens with music: many musical traditions, instruments and phenomena are unexpectedly hidden, ignored or carefully stolen from the attention of the innocent reader in the traditional music histories and encyclopedia, and as we could expect, they are forgotten also by today’s musicians THEMSELVES. Would it be because they never existed? Very unlikely.” Presented with the support of Institut Français.

Playing on Image
12, 13 & 14 September 2011 at 20h00

Playing on Image – a music, film and performance work – presents a live concert with music by Kentridge’s foremost musical collaborator, Philip Miller. The
performance sets Miller’s music, played by Jill Richards, to films by Kentridge and collaborative films made with Deborah Bell and Robert Hodgins, including Memo (1994) and Hot-el (1997). Films by Kentridge include Journey to the Moon (2003), Medicine Chest (2001), Dance of the Rhino (2005) (an excerpt from Black Box/ Chambre Noire). Kentridge and Miller perform to recent film fragments The Plagues, Isis Tragedie and Shards, from the series Carnets d’Egypte (2010); and to One Man Band (2009).

Dancing with Dada
16 & 17 September 2011 at 20h00; 18 September 2011 at 19h00

In preparation for The Refusal of Time (a project for Documenta 13 in Kassel, 2012, informed by discussion with the science historian Peter Galison), Kentridge
worked with composer Philip Miller and award winning dancer and choreographer Dada Masilo to create Dancing with Dada. The work wrestles with our changing ideas about time, the history of the standardisation of time, and resistance to a linear construction of time and space. It includes dance, live
music, strange machines, and projection.

Georges Méliès: A CINE-CONCERT
18 September 2011 at 15h00

2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Georges Méliès, a founding father of cinema. Georges Méliès: A Cine-Concert presents a selection of his pioneering shorts accompanied, as they were in the 1900s, by piano improvisations and narration. Kentridge’s film Journey to the Moon, a homage to the work of Méliès, follows. The performance is curated by Emilie Demon, who explains that “like Méliès, Kentridge functions as creative director, actor, writer, and cinematographer in his productions. Their films explore the magic of cinema by combining live action, illusionism and animated drawing.” The cineconcert
is composed of 12 Méliès’ films with a live piano performance by his great-great-grandson Lawrence Lehérissey on piano and French narration by his greatgranddaughter Marie-Hélène Lehérissey (translated by Sylvaine Strike). Miller’s music and Richards’ piano performance accompany Kentridge’s film. Emilie Demon, from Small Eyes productions, initiated this project with the assistance of William Kentridge, Thomas Rodrique, Henri Vergon and Anne McIlleron.

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