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Sun 13 Sep Sun 20 Sep

Waiting for the Sibyl/ The Moment Has Gone

13 Sep
20 Sep

William Kentridge, whose work The Head & the Load dazzled audiences at the Ruhrtriennale 2018, returns with his unique combination of projection, music, and shadows cast by live performers. His new production is comprised of the 43-minute chamber opera Waiting for the Sibyl and the 22-minute film with live piano score The Moment Has Gone.

Waiting for the Sibyl is inspired by the myth of the Cumaean prophetess Sibyl, who writes out a questioner’s fate on an oak leaf, only to mix those leaves with the fates of others. In Kentridge’s reimagining of the myth, our contemporary Sibyl is the algorithm that predicts our life’s course health, bank loan genetics. On stage and on giant screens, objects and situations dissolve and reform, all elements point towards one question: What is to come? The dreadful certainty of a mechanism that determines our outcome is juxtaposed against the desire for a human influence to our destiny.

The Moment Has Gone combines a charcoal animation film featuring Kentridge’s alter ego Solo Eckstein with sequences of the artist creating the work. It includes phrases and ideas that reappear in the chamber opera, and an appearance by Sibyl herself.

Kraftzentrale, Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord
Emscherstraße 71
47137 Duisburg

William Kentridge will present a lecture performance as part of the Ruhrtriennale: A Natural History of the Studio will take place on 14th Sept at the Gebläsehalle / Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord.

More at this location:
Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord

Further Information

Introduction 45 minutes prior to show.

Artist talk 15th of September after the performance.

Produced by THE OFFICE performing arts + film in association with Quarternaire. Co-commissioned by Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Les Théâtres de la  Ville de Luxembourg and Dramaten - Stockholm.  

Language information: English with German surtitles.


Œuvre The Moment Has Gone Waiting for the Sibyl
Concept, Direction William Kentridge
Composition, Piano Kyle Shepherd
Videoediting Žana Marović
Choral Composition, Co-Direction Nhlanhla Mahlangu
Costume Design Greta Goiris
Stage Design Sabine Theunissen
Light Design Urs Schönebaum
Cinematography Duško Marović
created and performed by Teresa Phuti Mojela Xolisile Bongwana Julia Zenzie Burnham Thulani Chauke Siphiwe Nkabinde Ayanda Nhlangothi (Vocalist) Zandile Hlatshwayo Sbusiso Shozi


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