“The Head & The Load”, an immersive experience from the South African artist, will be on view at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in four unique performances to coincide with Art Basel, December 1-3
"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 South African William Kentridge, one of the internationally recognized current plastic artists, is one of the highlights of Miami Art Week 2022, which is held in December and revolves around Art Basel Miami Beach, a fair that turns 20.
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 from December 1 to 3 at the Auditorium for Opera and Ballet at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in 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.
The work premiered in 2018 at the Tate Modern in London, where it was part of Britain's commemorations of the end of the First World War, and was later presented in New York for two weeks at the Park Avenue Armory.
William Kentridge, the South African artist who created the opera “The Head & ; The Load".
Composer Philip Miller and choreographer and principal dancer Gregory Maqoma, also South Africans, collaborated with Kentridge to create what the artist describes as “an interrupted musical procession”.
An international cast of singers, dancers and performers, most from South Africa, and 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 Named after the Ghanaian proverb “the head and the load are the problems of the neck”, it 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" featured composer Philip Miller and principal choreographer and dancer Gregory Maqoma.
The Head & The Loadit is considered Kentridge's most ambitious project to date and a perfect example of his particular combination of music, dance, film projections, mechanized sculptures and shadow plays for theater.
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" it is Kentridge's most ambitious project and includes his "drawn films".
From 2003, he also began to be interested in sculpture and video installation, as well as drawing and engravings, a production that in In the last decade, he has exhibited in museums such as the MOMA in New York or the Louvre in Paris.
He has also ventured into Opera. In addition to The Head & The Load has produced Alban Berg's Wozzeck, which arrived this year at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona (Spain), among other venues.