Africans IN War : William Kentridge in conversation with Paul Gilroy
As part of the IN CONVERSATION programme William Kentridge and Paul Gilroy entered in to conversation about Africans in War and in particular the development of Kentridge's lastest work The Head and the Load.
A key performer for The Head and the Load is dancer/choreographer Gregory Maqoma, who joined the conversation to physically describe what Kentridge calls 'the spasm'.
To see the full conversation go to | https://vimeo.com/259299630
Paul Gilroy is Professor of American and European Literature at King's College, London, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is one of the foremost cultural and social theorists of our time. He is the author of the internationally renowned The Black Atlantic, a pathbreaking historian of music and has written numerous books that nobody interested in the defining issues of our era can afford to ignore.
Co-curator of Season 1
Arguably one of South Africa’s unequivocal contemporary dance stars, Gregory Vuyani Maqoma was born in Soweto in 1973. As a child, he became seduced by the idea of dance as a means to escape the political tensions in his place of birth. In 1999, while he was studying at the Performing Arts Research and Training School in Belgium, on a scholarship under Anne Terese De Keersmaker, that Maqoma established his own company, Vuyani Dance Theatre, which today is the cornerstone company of local contemporary dance. Maqoma is today eminently respected as a dancer, visiting academic at several universities, choreographer and teacher.
William Kentridge is a draftsman, performer and filmmaker, he is currently working on The Head and the Load which combines music, dance, film projections, mechanised sculptures and shadow play to tell the story of the millions of African porters and carriers who served the British, French and German forces during the First World War. The world premiere of this major new work will be staged in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall.
ANIMATEUR FOR THE CENTRE | Bronwyn Lace
CINEMATOGRAPHY AND EDITING | Noah Cohen
PROJECT MANAGER | Shruthi Nair
LIGHTING | Wesley France
SOUND | SoulFire Studios
STAGE MANAGEMENT | Hayleigh Evans and PopArt Productions