William Kentridge

William Kentridge (born Johannesburg, South Africa, 1955) is internationally acclaimed for his drawings, films, theatre and opera productions.

His practice is born out of a cross-fertilisation between mediums and genres. His work responds to the legacies of colonialism and apartheid, within the context of South Africa's socio-political landscape. His aesthetics are drawn from the medium of film’s own history, from stop-motion animation to early special effects. Kentridge’s drawing, specifically the dynamism of an erased and redrawn mark, is an integral part of his expanded animation and filmmaking practice, where the meanings of his films are developed during the process of their making. Kentridge’s practice also incorporates his theatre training.

Kentridge’s work has been seen in museums and galleries around the world since the 1990s, including Documenta in Kassel, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Musée du Louvre in Paris, Whitechapel Gallery in London, Louisiana Museum in Copenhagen and the Reina Sofia museum in Madrid. 

Opera productions include Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Shostakovich’s The Nose, and Alban Berg’s Lulu, and have been seen at opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, English National Opera in London, Opera de Lyon, Amsterdam opera, and others. This summer saw the premiere of Kentridge’s production of Berg’s Wozzeck for the Salzburg Festival.

The 5-channel video and sound installation The Refusal of Time was made for Documenta (13) in 2012; since then it has been seen in cities around the world. More Sweetly Play the Dance, an 8-channel video projection shown first seen in Amsterdam in April 2015, and Notes Toward a Model Opera, a three-screen projection looking at the Chinese Cultural Revolution, made for an exhibition in Beijing in 2015; both have been presented in many other cities since. Kentridge’s ambitious public art project for Rome, Triumphs & Laments (a 500 m frieze of figure power-washed from pollution and bacterial growth on the walls of the Tiber River) opened in April 2016 with a performance of live music composed by Philip Miller and a procession of shadow figures. 

Forthcoming projects include a substantial production to be seen at the Amory in New York and the Tate Turbine Hall in London.

Kentridge is the recipient of honorary doctorates from several universities including Yale and the University of London, and in 2012 he presented the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard University. In 2010, he received the Kyoto Prize. In 2015 he was appointed an Honorary Academician of the Royal Academy in London. In October 2017, he received the Princesa de Asturias Award for the arts.

-- Quaternaire represents William Kentridge in collaboration with THE OFFICE.

Upcoming dates

Date Spectacle Lieu Ville Pays
2018-08-09 00:00:00-2018-09-12 00:00:002018-08-09 00:00:00 2018-09-12 00:00:00 The Head and the Load Ruhrtriennale Bochum Germany
2018-12-04 00:00:00-2018-12-15 00:00:002018-12-04 00:00:00 2018-12-15 00:00:00 The Head and the Load Park Avenue Armory New York USA

Past dates

Date Spectacle Lieu Ville Pays
2018-08-09 00:00:00-2018-09-12 00:00:002018-08-09 00:00:00 2018-09-12 00:00:00 The Head and the Load Ruhrtriennale Bochum Germany
2018-07-11 00:00:00-2018-07-15 00:00:002018-07-11 00:00:00 2018-07-15 00:00:00 The Head and the Load TATE MODERN London UK
2017-11-01 00:00:00-2017-11-04 00:00:002017-11-01 00:00:00 2017-11-04 00:00:00 A Guided Tour of the Exhibition: For Soprano with Handbag The Print Room London UK
2017-04-26 00:00:00-2017-04-27 00:00:002017-04-26 00:00:00 2017-04-27 00:00:00 Paper Music Fondation Louis Vuitton Paris France
2016-11-24 00:00:00-2016-11-24 00:00:00 Winterreise Daejeon Arts Center Seoul South Korea
2016-11-22 00:00:00-2016-11-22 00:00:00 Winterreise Lotte Concert Hall Seoul South Korea
2016-10-09 00:00:00-2016-10-14 00:00:002016-10-09 00:00:00 2016-10-14 00:00:00 Paper Music The Print Room London UK
2016-04-14 00:00:00-2016-04-14 00:00:00 Winterreise Palau de la Musica Barcelona Barcalona Spain
2016-04-03 00:00:00-2016-04-06 00:00:002016-04-03 00:00:00 2016-04-06 00:00:00 Winterreise Opéra de Lille Lille France
2016-03-30 00:00:00-2016-03-30 00:00:00 Winterreise Philharmonie de Paris Paris France
2016-03-11 00:00:00-2016-03-13 00:00:002016-03-11 00:00:00 2016-03-13 00:00:00 Winterreise San Francisco Opera SanFrancisco USA
2016-02-15 00:00:00-2016-02-21 00:00:002016-02-15 00:00:00 2016-02-21 00:00:00 Winterreise Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian Lisbon Portugal
2016-01-07 00:00:00-2016-01-09 00:00:002016-01-07 00:00:00 2016-01-09 00:00:00 Winterreise Sydney Festival Sydney Australia
2015-11-19 00:00:00-2015-11-20 00:00:002015-11-19 00:00:00 2015-11-20 00:00:00 Winterreise Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg Luxembourg Luxembourg
2015-09-17 00:00:00-2015-09-19 00:00:002015-09-17 00:00:00 2015-09-19 00:00:00 Winterreise Lotte Concert Hall Seoul South Korea
2015-09-04 00:00:00-2015-09-05 00:00:002015-09-04 00:00:00 2015-09-05 00:00:00 Winterreise Singapore International Festival of Arts Singapore Singapore
2014-11-29 00:00:00-2014-11-29 00:00:00 Paper Music Interferences - International Theatre Festival Cluj Romania
2014-11-26 00:00:00-2014-11-26 00:00:00 Winterreise NET Festival Moscow Moscow Russia
2014-11-11 00:00:00-2014-11-11 00:00:00 Winterreise Lincoln Center White Light Festival New York USA
2014-11-05 00:00:00-2014-11-06 00:00:002014-11-05 00:00:00 2014-11-06 00:00:00 Paper Music DURUB AL TAWAYA Abu Dhabi UAE
2014-10-27 00:00:00-2014-10-27 00:00:00 Paper Music UBUNTU Festival, Carnegie Hall New York USA
2014-09-19 00:00:00-2014-09-21 00:00:002014-09-19 00:00:00 2014-09-21 00:00:00 Winterreise KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen Göttingen Germany
2014-09-11 00:00:00-2014-09-11 00:00:00 Paper Music FLAME, Florence Music Art Ensemble, Bargello Museum Florence Italy
2014-07-25 00:00:00-2014-07-26 00:00:002014-07-25 00:00:00 2014-07-26 00:00:00 Winterreise Holland Festival Amsterdam The Netherlands
2014-07-04 00:00:00-2014-07-17 00:00:002014-07-04 00:00:00 2014-07-17 00:00:00 Winterreise Festival d’Aix-en-Provence Aix-en-Provence France
2014-06-09 00:00:00-2014-06-15 00:00:002014-06-09 00:00:00 2014-06-15 00:00:00 Winterreise Wiener Festwochen Vienna Austria