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Performance: Present Music’s “Kentridge and Miller”

November 16, 2022, 6:30 pm9:00 pm

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Experience the cine concert Kentridge and Miller: Flat on your back on the dry wintry grass featuring William Kentridge’s animated short films and Philip Miller’s newly commissioned song cycle based on the poetry of Eliza Kentridge and performed live by Present Music. The performance tackles the history of apartheid, a struggle that Kentridge witnessed firsthand.

Hear from Philip Miller and Eliza Kentridge in a pre-concert talk in Lubar Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. The cine concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Windhover Hall, opening with the Bucks Native American Singing and Drumming Group. Also joining Present Music will be South African opera singers Ann Masina (soprano) and Tshegofatso Moeng (baritone), singing in Zulu. The cine concert will showcase the William Kentridge films 9 Drawings for Projection, Paper Music, The Head and the Load Suite, and Refuse the Hour.

Event tickets include Museum admission from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and advance registration is required. Museum Members receive $10 off general or preferred seating tickets with the coupon code pmMAM.


This Present Music performance is presented in conjunction with the Warehouse Art Museum’s exhibition William Kentridge: See for Yourself and the Milwaukee Art Museum’s reinstallation of Kentridge’s Portage.


Artist Bios

William Kentridge

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1955, William Kentridge is best known for his animated films and opera work. A prolific artist, Kentridge also creates linocuts, etchings, monotypes, screen-printed theater posters, charcoal drawings, etchings, lithographs, sculptural objects, and interactive pieces. His art is partially informed by the apartheid in South Africa, which existed until the early 1990s and its continued impact lingers today. Locally, Kentridge’s work has been featured in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance (2018) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s 2013 exhibition MCA DNA: William Kentridge (2013). The Warehouse Art Museum is currently hosting an installation of Kentridge’s prints, drawings, films, and sculpture titled William Kentridge: See for Yourself.

Philip Miller

Philip Miller is a composer and sound artist from South Africa. His work cuts across diverse musical genres and media including music-theatre, contemporary dance, choral and symphonic works, and video and sound installations. His long-time collaboration with William Kentridge spans more than 20 years and includes seminal films and multimedia installations such as Black Box/Chambre Noire (2005), I am not me, the horse is not mine (2013), Refusal of Time (2015), Triumphs and Laments (2016), and The Head and the Load (2018), which have been presented at museums and concert halls including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Armory, MOMA, and the Tate Modern and Royal Academy.

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