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With music composed and conceived by Philip Miller
with Thuthuka Sibisi.
William Kentridge’s exploration of Africa’s role in the First World War combines music, dance, film projections, mechanized sculptures and shadow play to illuminate the untold story of the millions of African porters and carriers who served- and in many cases died for- British, French and German battlefield forces. Freighted with the weight of this little-examined history and quickened by Kentridge’s visionary theatrical alchemy, The Head & the Load is an exceptionally ambitious work of performance.
This large-scale performance work runs across a purpose-built stage stretching 50 metres along the back of the Nelson Mandela Theatre with an intimate seating configuration for approximately 500 audience members.
The Head & The Load in Johannesburg is a co-production with the Centre d’Art Battat, Montreal.