Waiting for the Sibyl

Performance Theatre

There is the story of the Cumean Sibyl, a prophetess. She would write people's fortunes or fates on oak leaves. The pile of oak leaves sat at the mouth of her cave. People would come to take the leaf on which was written their fate. But inevitably a wind would come up and swirl the leaves out of order, so one never knew if the leaf you had picked was your fate or not. The circling of the leaves in the wind becomes akin to the revolving leaves of the sculptures in the Calder.

Waiting for the Sibyl is a new 45 minute piece for three dancers and six singers with a recorded score by one of South Africa’s leading progressive pianists, the composer Kyle Shepherd and the unique choral arrangements of Nhlanhla Mahlangu providing the soundtrack.


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  • 2019-09-10 00:00:00 2019-09-15 00:00:00 - Teatro Dell'Opera Di Roma (Teatro Costanzi), Roma - Italy


Duration:  2 Acts of 35 minutes each with a 20 minute interval.  2 shows possible each day.


Creative  Team


William Kentridge   Concept and Director

Kyle Shepherd Music Director / Composer

Nhlanhla Mahlangu Associate Director / Choral Composer

Greta Goirus Costume Designer

Sabine Theunissen Set Designer

Urs Schönebaum Lighting Design

Žana Marović Projection Design

Stella Olivier Photography


Waiting for the Sybil is co-commissioned by Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Dramaten - Stockholm.