Houseboy

William Kentridge
Eight performers on stage in William Kentridge: Houseboy.

About

REDCAT and The Broad present the international debut of artist William Kentridge’s durational performance Houseboy. Based on the 1956 novel by Cameroonian diplomat Ferdinand Oyono, the performance explores themes of historical participation, archival memory, and post-colonial identity. This performance uses the protagonist’s diary and personal experiences as source material for the narrative. South African performers are featured and a large charcoal drawing by Kentridge serves as the theatrical backdrop. Accompanied by live music and percussion, Kentridge’s staged interpretation of Oyono’s novel creates an immersive multimedia experience that muses on agency and trauma and directly folds into the artist’s multidisciplinary practice on view at The Broad.

Co-presented with The Broad in conjunction with the William Kentridge: In Praise of Shadows exhibition on view November 12, 2022–April 9, 2023.

Generous support provided by Brenda R. Potter and Marian Goodman Gallery.

 

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