William Kentridge

Dada Masilo, Philip Miller, Catherine Meybourgh Refuse the Hour

22 - 25 November 2012
Main Stage
A contemporary art master in Greece for the first time making a rare stage appearance in a multimedia theatrical dream about all-subduing Time.
15 – 18 – 28 €
Concs 10 – 12 – 15 €
Making his first appearance in Greece, William Kentridge, the leading South African visual artist and director, embarks on an on-stage search for lost Time. A multifaceted genius and one of the most significant artists of our time, he won accolades for his Apartheid-era installations, his ‘primitive’ animations and his multimedia performances. Kentridge is coming to the OCC with his latest work, the “chamber opera” Refuse the Hour, a theatrical version of the large-scale installation project The Refusal of Time with which he took part in Documenta 13 at Kassel.

He takes the starring role himself, playing a contemporary storyteller who begins his narrative with the myth of Perseus and ends with Einstein, space-time and black holes. Amidst a Dadaist pandemonium of sounds and images, thirteen dancers, musicians, performers and singers accompany him on his journey to the limits of science, ontology and cosmology, combining performance, theatrical rendition, opera, contemporary dance, visual installations and video projections. The playful, philosophically questing spectacle that results is utterly unforgettable.


Conception and libretto: William Kentridge

Music & co-orchestration: Philip Miller
Choreography: Dada Masilo
Video construction & editing: Catherine Meyburgh
Dramaturge: Peter Galison
Stage design: Sabine Theunissen
Movement direction: Luc de Wit
Costume design: Greta Goiris
Machine design: Christoff Wolmarans, Louis Olivier, Jonas Lundquist
Lighting design: Urs Schoenebaum
Lighting designer's assistant: John Torres
Co-orchestration: Adam Howard
Sound design & engineer: Gavan Eckhart
Technical production & lighting operator: John Caroll
Property man: Charles Picard
Stage Manager: John McKellar
Video manipulator: Kim Gunning
Tomorrowland production

William Kentridge, Dada Masilo (dancer), Donatienne Michel-Dansac (soprano), Ann Masina (vocalist), Joanna Dudley (vocalist), Bahm Ntabeni (actor and singer), Thato Motlhaolwa (actor), Alexander Cromwell (trumpet), Philip Miller (harmonium), Tlale Makhene (percussion), Waldo Alexander (violin), Dan Selsick (trombone, musical conductor), Vincenzo Pasquariello (pianist), Thobeka Thukane (tuba)

Co-production: Holland Festival, Festival d’Avignon, RomaEuropa Festival/Teatro di Roma, Onassis Cultural Centre
With the support of the Marian Goodman Gallery (New York and Paris), Lia Rumma Gallery (Naples and Milan), the Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg and Cape Town) and the Goethe-Institut (South Africa)

Translation into Greek: Vasilis Kimoulis

23 Nov 2012

Main Stage


After-performance talk with William Kentridge, Dada Masilo and Philip Miller

23 Nov 2012

14:00 Dance Room
10 €


Dance workshop with Dada Masilo

23 Nov 2012

10:00 5th floor - Young Theatre Workshop


Masterclass by William Kentridge