William Kentridge’s opera will be the highlight of Miami Art Week

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"The Head & The Load"the celebrated opera that premiered at the Tate Gallery, will be on view during Miami Art Week.
“The Head & The Load,” the celebrated opera that premiered at the Tate Gallery, will be on view during Miami Art Week.

An immersive opera created by the South African William Kentridgeone of the most internationally recognized current plastic artists, is one of the highlights of Miami Art Week 2022which is held in December and revolves around Art Basel Miami Beachfair that turns 20 years old.

Kentridge, winner of the Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts and the Dan David Prize, among other awards, will present four unique performances of The Head & The Load between December 1 and 3 at the Auditorium for Opera and Ballet of the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami.

The Ziff Ballet Opera House created the largest stage in its history (180 feet or 54.9 meters wide) for the audience to also occupy in this unique immersive theater experience by a white and Jewish artist who has made of his work a plea against discrimination and war.

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The play premiered in 2018 at the Tate Modern London, where he was part of the British commemorations of the end of the First World War, and then performed in New York for two weeks at the Park Avenue Armory.

William Kentridge the South African artist creator of the opera "The Head & The Load".
William Kentridge the South African artist who created the opera “The Head & The Load”.

The composer Philip Miller and the choreographer and main dancer Gregory Magomaalso South Africans, collaborated with Kentridge to create what the artist describes as “an interrupted musical procession”.

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An international cast of singers, dancers and performers, most from South Africaand New York-based chamber orchestra The Knights, joined by musicians from Italy, South Africa and Guinea, will be part of the Miami performance.

The opera, which takes its title from the Ghanaian proverb “the head and the load are the problems of the neck”, tells the forgotten story of the millions of African porters who served the British, French and German forces during the First World War.

"The Head & The Load" it featured composer Philip Miller and principal choreographer and dancer Gregory Maqoma.
“The Head & The Load” featured composer Philip Miller and principal choreographer and dancer Gregory Maqoma.

The Head & The Load It is considered Kentridge’s most ambitious project to date and a perfect display of his particular combination of music, dance, film projections, mechanized sculptures and shadow plays for theater.

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William Kentridge was born in Johannesburg in 1955. He is an internationally acclaimed artist who became known outside his country in the late 1990s with various international exhibitions.

Since then his cartoons or “drawn films”, as some specialists call them, have toured the halls of the most prestigious art centers on the international circuit.

"The Head & The Load" is Kentridge's most ambitious project and includes its "drawn movies".
“The Head & The Load” is Kentridge’s most ambitious project and includes his “drawn films.”

Starting in 2003, he also began to be interested in sculpture and video installation, in addition to drawing and engravings, a production that in the last decade has been exhibited in museums such as the MOMA from New York or the Louvre from Paris.

He has also dabbled in opera. In addition to The Head & The Load has produced Wozzeckby Alban Berg, which arrived this year at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona (Spain), among other stages.

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