A huge thanks to my company CTTC Design and
Nedbank for the invitation to the premier of 'Refuse the Hour", a
chamber opera (performance art) by South Africa's most internationally
acclaimed artist, William Kenteridge.
The venue for the evenings performance
was the Cape Town City Hall. It always feels like such an honour to be inside
this important and beautiful building. The very same place that in
February 11th 1990, Nelson Mandela, standing on the balcony, made his first
public speech after his release from prison.
The evening began with dinner and drinks. On the table was a flipbook by
Kenteridge titled 'Hurdle' to accompany the evenings performance. After dinner
we entered the incredible auditorium, the amazing backdrop to the evenings
show. The stage was set with mechanical structures made from bicycle wheels,
drums, pipes and megaphones.
The performance begins with the story of an eight-year-old boy on the train
with his father who chronicling the ancient Greek myth of Perseus. The story
continues on a journey through cosmology and science, ending with a narration
The enthralling, 80 minute performance is a visual experience
combining Kentridge's narrative and art works, a score by Philip Miller, video
by Catherine Meyburgh and dance performed and choreographed by Dada Masilo.
Both Nedbank and Design Indaba sponsored the performance and the evening ended
with many of the audience sharing conversation over a coffee. In the room I
spotted a number of speakers from the weeks Design Indaba, including Dan
Wieden, Stanley Hainsworth and Pepe Mirais. I also had the great honour to
speak briefly with one of my design heroes Michael Beirut that I have to
confess, really made my evening!
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