After performance talk with William Kentridge & Handspring Puppet Company
The theatre of the absurd, puppet theatre, dance, song and animation come together in a ground-breaking multimedia spectacle.
After the triumph of Refuse the Hour
, the great South African director and visual artists, William Kentridge, returns with his masterpiece, Ubu and the Truth Commission
, a new version of the historic 1997 production, co-produced by the OCC in association with the internationally celebrated Handspring Puppet Company.
The work that sowed the seed for Dada, surrealism and the Theatre of the Absurd, Alfred Jarry’s King Ubu
(1896), is the starting point. It's just that here, the greedy 19th-century anti-hero is beamed down into the South Africa of the 1990s in the form of a fallen oppressor. Guilty of terrible crimes during the Apartheid period, this South African Ubu finds himself facing justice—in this case, the questions of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee formed by Nelson Mandela.
creditsChaired by Christiana Galanopoulou, art historian, artistic director of MIRfestival.