Kentridge's new operatic production, 'Waiting for the Sybil', premieres in Rome

William Kentridge’s new multimedia operatic project, Waiting for the Sybil premieres at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome (10 – 15 September). The performance, which runs over the course of six nights, is conceived in response to ‘Work in Progress’, a stage setting produced fifty years ago for the Teatro Constanzi by Alexander Calder. Kentridge premised this “dialogue with Calder” on fragmented, floating pages and the Cumaean Sibyl, a priestess who wrote prophecies on oak leaves. The performance has been conveived by Kentridge in collaboraiton with the musician/singer/dance company director Nhlanhla Mahlangu and the composer Kyle Shepherd.