FILM | William Kentridge, artist book | WAITING for the SIBYL | 2020





The text in this book is essentially the libretto of the chamber opera WAITING for the SIBYL, which was made for the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and first performed there in September 2019. Music for the opera was composed by Nhlanhla Mahlangu and Kyle Shepherd.

WAITING for the SYBIL is a limited edition, collectible artist book. The images and phrases reference projections that appear in the opera, sometimes in sync with the sung text, sometimes independent of of any sung text. The double-page spreads represent unique works by the artist, being shown at his current exhibition, City Deep,  at the Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg. The phrases come from many sources. Lines from different poets were used: translations from Finnish, Hebrew, Spanish, Greek, Polish, Russian and German. Some lines are renderings of African proverbs. Some were written specifically for the opera. The text is therefore compiled rather than written.

Please contact Annabel Williams at [email protected], call 011 880 5648 or visit us at The Blue House, 151 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood to view this special William Kentridge collectible.

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