William Kentridge – Ursonate

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Jul 17 2024
Taborstraße 10
Vienna 1020
Phone: +43.1.523 55 58
20 / 28 / 38 Euro, Reduced: 17 / 23 / 32 Euro
Wednesday, July 17, 2024
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“Let us take words that don’t make sense, showing us the impossibility of language to expose its limits.” This is how renowned artist William Kentridge explains the motivation behind Dadaist sound poems that celebrate nonsense. For example, Kurt Schwitters’ Ursonate, which was written in the aftermath of the First World War. According to Kentridge, this type of sound poetry is highly topical because “we live in an age where language is constantly being twisted”. So he decided to turn the Ursonate into a witty performance in which he himself recites the text that begins as follows: “Fumms bö wö tää zää Uu, pögiff, kwii Ee...” The reading is complemented by a film of Kentridge’s animated drawings and he will be joined by selected musicians from The Great Yes, The Great No: Anathi Conjwa (vocalist), Marika Hughes (cello), Nhlanhla Mahlangu (choral composer / performer) and Nathan Koci (accordion / banjo).

Austrian Premiere

Duration: 50 Min
Price: 20 / 28 / 38 Euro
Reduced: 17 / 23 / 32 Euro

Recommended from the age of 10.