LIVE from NYPL: LEARNING FROM THE ABSURD: A Conversation with William Kentridge

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In Collaboration with The Metropolitan Opera

Paul Holdengräber hosts William Kentridge, in a conversation about Gogol, Shostakovich, and Kentridge’s creative process.

Acclaimed artist William Kentridge makes his Metropolitan Opera debut directing the company premiere of Shostakovich’s The Nose, based on the short story by Gogol. Kentridge rose to international prominence in 1997 when his work was included in Documenta X in Kassel, Germany, and in the Johannesburg and Havana Biennials, which led to a series of solo exhibitions worldwide. He created his first opera production in 1998 with Monteverdi's Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, followed by a widely praised staging of Mozart's The Magic Flute, which premiered in Brussels in 2005 and was later seen at BAM. His recent work includes Telegrams from the Nose , a collaborative performance with composer François Sarhan inspired by his work on the opera production. For the 2008 Sydney Biennale he created I Am Not Me, the Horse Is Not Mine, a solo lecture/performance piece inspired by Gogol, which he has been performing in New York recently. His work combines drawing, animation, filmmaking, and collage. The Met premiere of The Nose coincides with a major retrospective of Kentridge’s work on view at the Museum of Modern Art.

The production opens at the Met on March 5 and runs through March 25. An related exhibit of Kentridge’s work inspired by the opera is on display at Gallery Met from February 26 through May 17.


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