by William Kentridge and the Handspring Puppet Company
Teatro della Pergola – Florence, ITALY
20, 21, 22 November 2014, 8.45 pm
Ubu and the Truth Commission is a South African play by Jane Taylor first performed under the directorship of William Kentridge at The Laboratory in Johannesburg’s Market Theatre on May 26, 1997.
Produced by the Handspring Puppet Company, and employing a multimedia approach in the tradition of Erwin Piscator and Bertolt Brecht, it combines puppetry with live actors, music, animation and documentary footage, while also drawing extensively on French playwright Alfred Jarry’s 19th century absurdist production Ubu Roi (1888). It fuses the chaos of the Ubu legend with original testimony from witnesses at the post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearings. In this production Ubu is a policeman for whom torture, murder, sex and food are all variations of a single gross appetite.
Handspring Puppet Company was founded in 1981 and has grown under the leadership of Artistic Director Adrian Kohler and Executive Producer Basil Jones for 30 years. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, the company provides an artistic home and professional base for a core group of performers, designers, theater artists and technicians. Handspring’s work has been presented in more than 30 countries around the world.
General Admission: €11-28
Students get special ticket rate:
The Pergola Theater Foundation intensifies its international activity and proudly welcomes the English-speaking audience into the most ancient theater all’italiana (with box seating encircling the auditorium). Thanks to the collaboration with Romaeuropa Festival, the show Ubu and the Truth Commission, a William Kentridge’s anti-apartheid masterpiece, arrives on the stage of Pergola Theatre.
ENGLISH DIALOGUE with ITALIAN SUBTITLES
Special prices: students €10, with 1 teacher ticket included.
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