William Kentridge with Philip Miller, Dada Masilo, Catherine Meyburgh and Peter Galison

“Refuse the Hour”
Thinking aloud in Eight Movements

Refuse the Hour

Refuse the Hour

© Jac de Villiers

  • Duration 1h 20, no interval
  • In English with German surtitles

Past Dates

On 10.07. at 14:00, the physicist and science historian Peter Galison will take part in the symposium “Landscapes of Uncertainty” in a talk witht William Kentridge.

“Refuse the Hour” evolves the topics of the Drawing Lessons in the form of a multimedia stage performance with elements of dance, drama, live music, kinetic sculpture and animation films. Following a conversation with the American physicist Peter Galison about black holes and theories of time, William Kentridge, together with Galison, composer Philip Miller, choreographer Dada Masilo and video editor Catherine Meyburgh, went on to develop a performance about philosophical and political dimensions of time, featuring musicians, singers and a dancer. “Refuse the Hour” is a staged continuation of Kentridge’s documenta-installation “The Refusal of Time”, which can be viewed at Martin-Gropius-Bau at the same time.

With William Kentridge
Dada Masilo
Ann Masina vocalist
Joanna Dudley vocalist
Thato Motlhaolwa actor
Adam Howard musical conductor, co-orchestration, trumpet, flugelhorn
Tlale Makhene percussion
Waldo Alexander violin
Dan Selsick trombone
Vincenzo Pasquariello piano
Edward Rudolf Neuhauser tuba

Conception, libretto William Kentridge
Composition Philip Miller
Choreography Dada Masilo
Dramaturgy Peter Galison
Video design Catherine Meyburgh, William Kentridge
Scenic design Sabine Theunissen
Movement Luc de Wit
Costume design Greta Goiris
Machine design Christoff Wolmarans, Louis Olivier, Jonas Lundquist
Light Felice Ross
Sound design Gavan Eckhart
Video orchestration Kim Gunning
Music arrangement, orchestration Philip Miller, Adam Howard
Technical director Richard Pierre
Lighting operator Marine Deballon
Sound engineer Gavan Eckhart
Video manipulator Kim Gunning
Technical Support William Kentridge Studio: Chris-Waldo de Wet

“Refuse the Hour” was originally co-commissioned by Holland Festival (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Festival d’Avignon (Avignon, France), RomaEuropa Festival / Teatro di Roma (Rome, Italy), and Onassis Cultural Center (Athens, Greece), with additional support provided by Marian Goodman Gallery (New York, USA – Paris, France – London, UK), Lia Rumma Gallery (Naples and Milan, Italy), and The Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa).

“Refuse the Hour” is represented by Quaternaire. (