Part installation, part performance piece, South African artist William Kentridge's new multi-media work uses music, dance, and film in its exploration of apartheid, colonialism, and totalitarianism. More…
This processional musical journey melds performances by orchestra collective The Knights, and an international ensemble cast of singers, dancers, and performers accompanied by a chorus of mechanized gramophones alongside multiple film projections and shadow play to create a landscape of immense proportion and imagination that utilizes the vast sweep of the Wade Thompson Drill to upend standard notions of scale.
See it if you want to see a unique multimedia piece about the overlooked role of Africans in WWI, with music, dance, projections and shadow play.
Don't see it if don't like edgy theater without a traditional structure.
See it if you enjoy extravagant multi-media shows that convey their message without a conventional linear script.
Don't see it if you prefer conventional theater.
See it if Like a modern (projection, shadows, dance) opera (non-English singing/sounds) of all the unknown black bodies lost in WWI serving colonizers
Don't see it if No real plot, more about the feels. Some parts get artsy fartsy and long. Need good vision to see the warehouse-long stage.
Also Ticket with a discount from a friend who works there for $28.
See it if You want to see a piece about the rarely heard of role of Africans in WW1. It is performance art with singing, music, and shadow art.
Don't see it if You like a linear play. This is something completely different. So beautiful in its rendering of the suffering of the Africans in WW1.
See it if Grand scale of historical significance presented in multimedia. Armory is a fascinating backdrop in architecture and history.
Don't see it if Need to be spoon fed, you'll go hungry.
See it if You are open to multi-media pageants on a grand scale . The subject is Africa in WWI and the decimation of the native population.
Don't see it if It is not linear, it has no plot to speak of, it is very impressionistic and deals with war and oppression.
See it if Gorgeous. Imagistic opera in 4+ languages, taking viewers on an intense trip of African porters during WWI. Almost 40 singers and musicians
Don't see it if Entry-level tickets are fairly expensive, but are there worth it? A definite yes.
See it if You like experimental theater and story telling in non chronological order.
Don't see it if If you enjoy more conventional format.
Also Amazing staging and acting. Left me speechless.
See it if If you know who William Kentridge is - run until there's still tickets. It's an electrifying collage of imagery and ideas.
Don't see it if you don't know who Kentridge is, you probably won't enjoy it much. It's a theater of absurd.
See it if Provides glimpses of an under reported history of WWI in Africa Great vocal performances and costume Clever visual effects
Don't see it if A bit disjointed and the seating staging relationship leaves you far from the action at times
See it if You must know what all the fuss is about You enjoy grand fragented spectacles like Robert Wilson or the Circus Art theater is ok by
Don't see it if You expect traditional drama with narrative and character, climax and denouement