With its dark and sardonic wit, documentary footage, spectacular animation, poignant puppetry and superb actors, Ubu and the Truth Commission draws on both the historical archive of the hearings of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and on the dramatic figure of Ubu Roi, a licentious buffoon created by the playwright Alfred Jarry.
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A voice, a piano and crushing despair. Franz Schubert’s Winterreise, with its twenty-four hypnotically melodic settings of haunting poems by Wilhelm Müller, lies like a black monolith at the heart of German cultural life. This profoundly introspective song cycle depicts the wanderings of a spurned lover in a landscape of snow and ice, eventually descending to metaphysical depths as the winter journey ends in the presence of an old organ grinder. The South African artist William Kentridge has created his own imaginary visual journey with videos incorporating his signature animations, montages and collages, forming a poetic counterpoint to the interpretation of this masterpiece by the pianist Markus Hinterhäuser and eminent Lieder singer, baritone Matthias Goerne.
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William Kentridge's "The Refusal of Time" and "Other faces" at the Espoo Museum of Modern Art. For further information, please visit the Espoo Museum of Modern Art website