William Kentridge embodies the spirit of Dada in this performance piece based on the seminal 1932 sound poem Ursonate—a poetic and musical work by renowned artist Kurt Schwitters. Unlike a classical sonata, Ursonate requires only the human voice for instrumentation. Through his performance of this piece, Kentridge reveals his talents as an actor, as well as a director, orienting the work not only to the listener but also to the viewer. He will create a dramatic reading of the work, with the assistance of projections and surprise guests.
This event is part of a season-long campus residency with William Kentridge.
Run time for this performance is approximately 1 hour with no intermission.
Tickets for this event go on sale at noon as follows:
Feb 2: Donors of $1500+ (Login required)
Feb 9: UCB Faculty and Staff (promo code required; see email for details regarding how to access)
Feb 11: General Public
Feb 15: UCB Students (promo code required; see email for details regarding how to access this block of specially reserved tickets)
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Stream the audio of William Kentridge’s November 18, 2022 visual lecture at BAMPFA To What End, about the creation of his work SIBYL on UC Berkeley’s podcast series, Berkeley Talks.
Transcript of the lecture