William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance is an immersive, multisensory experience from the famed South African artist (b. 1955). Combining drawing, filmmaking, and animation with a spirited soundtrack, the celebrated work runs the length of the galleries, engaging visitors in a brass band–led danse macabre (or medieval “dance of death”) that speaks to issues around life, mortality, migration, and displacement. The installation features the eight-channel projection and sculptural components, including school chairs for visitors to sit in and large megaphones through which part of the soundtrack is played.
More Sweetly Play the Dance is fourteen minutes long and plays on a continuous loop.
Experience the full scope of Nares’s films, including a trilogy never shown together before. The program of ten short films will be shown throughout the run of the Nares: Moves exhibition. Runtime: 120 min.
At this screening, enjoy a pre-screen talk with the artist on the New York City art scene in the 1970s and 1980s.
Free with Museum Admission
Image: James Nares, Street, 2011. Digital file. 61 mins. National Gallery of Art, Washington, The Sarah and William L Walton Fund, Gift of the Collectors Committee, and the Marlene Nathan Meyerson Family Foundation 2014.82.1.