Meet William Kentridge, the South African Visual Artist Who Introduced Cine-Concert to London

William Kentridge

William Kentridge

William Kentridge (born 28 April 1955) is a South African artist best known for his prints, drawings, and animated films. These are constructed by filming a drawing, making erasures and changes, and filming it again.

He continues this process meticulously, giving each change to the drawing a quarter of a second to two seconds’ screen time. A single drawing will be altered and filmed this way until the end of a scene. These palimpsest-like drawings are later displayed along with the films as finished pieces of art.

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Last year we saw the internationally-acclaimed South African visual artist William Kentridge’s controversial play Ubu and the Truth Commission. Now he’s back with Paper Music, a witty, gently subversive cine-concert evening.

Using animated film of Johannesburg-born Kentridge’s charcoal and ink drawings combined with live music, the production is an intriguing exploration of sound and image.

Vocalists Ann Masina and Joanna Dudley will be joined by pianist Vincenzo Pasquariello performing music composed by long-time collaborator Capetonian Philip Miller.

A number of their collaborations are currently on tour in Europe, including Paper Music, which made its German premiere at the Berlin Festspiele this month and the audio-visual installation Thick Time which opens at Whitechapel Gallery, London, in September.


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