Dada Masilo, Catherine Meyburgh, Peter Galison
A coproduction with UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance
November 10 at 8 p.m.
November 11 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater
415 Geary Street
Running time: 80 minutes, with no intermission
“Can we hold our breath against time?”
Amid spinning dancers, megaphoned singers, multi-instrumentalists, incessant animations, and one lone physicist, world-renowned South African artist William Kentridge delves into a fantastical exploration of time in this multimedia chamber opera, a companion to Kentridge’s five-channel video installation The Refusal of Time (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art).
Delivering a spoken-word performance, speaking backwards and forwards to the unsynced ticking of giant metronomes, Kentridge explores theories of productive procrastination, myth, entropy, empire, and black holes. Featuring score by Philip Miller, choreography by Dada Masilo, video design by Catherine Meyburgh, and dramaturgy by science historian Peter Galison, this delirious Dadaist cuckoo clock courses through time—operatic and cinematic, personal and collective, industrial and colonial—to tease meaning from the passing seconds.