Performance

William Kentridge (US/EU/ZA) The Great Yes, The Great No

© Stella Olivier

Jul 16 2024
Universitätsring 2
Vienna 1010
Phone: +43.1.523 55 58
21:00
Price: 8 – 92 Euro, Reduced: 6 – 78 Euro
19:00
Tuesday, July 16, 2024
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Reality blurs with fiction on a sea voyage from Europe to Martinique. “We use the Ship of Fools”, William Kentridge reveals, as a way to “allow questions to bubble and find answers”. For his new stage work, the South African artist and director has hired Charon, the ferryman of the Greek underworld. His passengers include notables such as writer Anna Seghers, surrealist artist André Breton and anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss. These three actually did embark a ship in Marseille in 1941 to escape the Vichy regime, which cooperated with the National Socialists. But Kentridge goes beyond the historical facts and adds some more passengers, including Frida Kahlo, Josephine Baker and Joséphine Bonaparte as well as Joseph Stalin and the founders of the Parisian Négritude movement, Aimé Césaire and the Nardal sisters. Kentridge’s unique aesthetic feeds into this surreal-realistic chamber opera with dance, film, oratorio and drama that shows glimpses of today’s crises.

Austrian Premiere

Dates:
16.7.2024, 21:00
18.7.2024, 19:00
19.7.2024, 21:00

Duration: 85 Min
Price: 8 / 14 / 26 / 45 / 58 / 72 / 92 Euro
Reduced: 6 / 11 / 22 / 38 / 49 / 61 / 78 Euro

In English, French, isiSwati, isiZulu, isiXhosa, Setswana, Xitsonga and Sepedi with German surtitles.
This performance contains bright lighting effects.
Recommended from the age of 10.