William Kentridge b. 1955
Repeat from the Beginning (2008)
Duration: 19 minutes
In the summer of 2008, South African artist William Kentridge debuted his production of Claudio Monteverdi's opera, The Return of Ulysses, at Venice's Teatro La Fenice. In addition to designing many of the opera's sets and props, Kentridge created a new video, which was projected prior to the performance. This volume is primarily composed of stills from that video, in which Kentridge translates themes central to Monteverdi's portrayal of Homer's classic protagonist--human brotherhood, chance and love--into his trademark hand-drawn animation.
Since the 1990s, Kentridge has maintained a multimedia practice, producing and often combining drawings, films and theater. Since 1992, he has collaborated with the Handspring Puppet Company. During the late 1970s and 1980s, he produced posters, drawings and theater pieces in opposition to South African apartheid. and comments on the life of characters like Felix Teitlebaum, his alter ego.