After-performance talk with William Kentridge, Dada Masilo and Philip Miller
23 November 2012
William Kentridge’s work has been seen in museums and galleries around the world since the 1990s, including Documenta in Kassel, Germany (1997, 2003), the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1998, 2010), the Albertina Museum in Vienna (2010), Jeu de Paume in Paris (2010). Also in 2010 the Musee du Louvre in Paris presented Carnets d’Egypte, a project conceived especially for the Egyptian room at the Louvre. In the same year, Kentridge received the prestigious Kyoto Prize in recognition of his contributions in the field of arts and philosophy. In 2011, Kentridge was elected as an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and received the degree of Doctor of Literature honoris causa from the University of London. In 2012, he presented the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard University; was elected member of the American Philosophical Society, of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been named as a laureate for the Dan David Prize awarded by Tel Aviv University.
Dada Masilo studied at The Dance Factory, the National School of the Arts, Cape Town’s Jazzart Dance Theatre and at the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios in Brussels. She received the 2008 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance. In addition to collaborations with other choreographers, she has created and performed 11 new works including Romeo and Juliet, Carmen, Swan Lake and The Bitter End of Rosemary. She has also performed in Tanzania, Mali, Madagascar, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Russia, the UK, the USA, Mexico, Germany, Israel and France. In 2011 was named by The Star (daily newspaper) as one of the Top 100 achievers: `Her technical prowess is only surpassed by her artistic daring and conceptual flair.’
Philip Miller is a South African composer based in Johannesburg. Born in 1964, he first practiced law before establishing a career in music. His work is not easily categorized, often developing out of collaborative projects in theatre, film and video. One of his most significant collaborators is the internationally acclaimed artist, William Kentridge. His music to Kentridge’s animated films, and multimedia installations, has been heard in some of the most prestigious museums and galleries all over the world, including MoMA, SFMOMA, The Guggenheim Museums (both New York and Berlin) La Fenice Opera House and the Tate Modern. Out of this collaboration, the live concert series Nine Drawings for Projection and Sounds from the Black Box has evolved, touring Australia, the UK, Germany, Italy, Belgium, France and the US. In 2007, Miller conceived and composed Rewind, a Cantata for voice, tape and testimony, an award-winning choral work, based on the testimonies of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. The cantata had its international debut in New York at the Celebrate Brooklyn Festival and has been performed at the Williams College 62 Centre for Theatre and Dance, the Market Theatre, Johannesburg, and the Royal Festival Hall, London. In 2008, Miller’s sound installation Special Boy was selected as a finalist for Spier Contemporary, a major, national art exhibition in South Africa. Amongst his more recent commissions, Miller’s composition Can you hear that? was performed for the New York based Ensemble Pi in 2009. He has released many CDs of his music which include: Rewind, a Cantata for voice, tape and testimony, William Kentridges’ 9 Drawings for Projection, Black Box/ Chambre Noire, The Thula Project, African Soundscapes and Shona Malanga.
creditsChaired by Katia Arfara, Head of Theatre and Dance Department at the Onassis Cultural Centre.