William Kentridge

Drawing Lesson II

William Kentridge is one of the most versatile of today’s contemporary artists. The stop-motion animation films he created for the Handspring Puppet Company’s performances in Zurich in the 1990s gave an early impression of his genius. Today he exhibits his works worldwide and stages operas in prestigious theatres as all-embracing art, including videos, sculptures and set sketches. His trans-disciplinary working method is most evident in his solo exhibitions. The Theater Spektakel presents a rare performance of one of his Drawing Lessons (Nr. 2: A Brief History of Colonial Revolts). Devised for a lecture series at Harvard, they are hybrid political artworks combining theatre, film and drawing. On the second evening, Kentridge, who often creates references between Dada and Africa, performs «Ursonate», the Dadaistic sound poem by Kurt Schwitters, together with the rapper Big Zis and the sound artist Julian Sartorius. (mvh)

Artistic direction and cast

Konzept & PerformanceWilliam Kentridge
MusikPhilip Miller
Videokonstruktion & EditingCatherine Meyburgh
Video-HandlingJanus Fouché
LichtMarine Deballon


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Multimedia-Lecture, Spoken Word


approx. 1:15 hrs.



An inclusive event

accessible with wheelchair with inductive hearing loop


William Kentridge also plays "Ursonate" at the Zürcher Theaterspektakel


The show at the Theater Spektakel is supported by D&K Dubach-Keller-Stiftung.



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