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Refuse the Hour is a chamber opera companion to South African artist William Kentridge’s five-channel video installation, The Refusal of Time. Composed by Kentridge’s longtime collaborator, Phillip Miller, it recounts a tale that begins with the myth of Perseus and ends with Einstein’s visionary findings. Speaking backwards and forwards in the midst of a Dadaistic landscape, surrounded by spinning dancers, megaphoned singers, live musicians and projected animation, Kentridge himself is the narrator, delving into the nature of time as he delivers a fragmented lecture about procrastination, myth, entropy, empire and black holes.
With choreography by South African dancer and choreographer Dada Masilo, video design by Catherine Meyburgh, and dramaturgy by science historian and physicist Peter Galison, Refuse the Hour takes us on an elliptical journey to the outer edges of science, theater and art that is both playful and profound, and that could only have sprung from the imagination of this singular artist.
Photo by John Hodgkiss
Funds provided by the Sally & William A. Rutter Endowment for the Performing Arts and Fariba Ghaffari.