Paper Music A film concert by William Kentridge and Philip Miller

Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 April 2017

Wednesday: 8:30 p.m. - Thursday: 9 p.m.
© Richard Eaton
Paper Music A film concert by William Kentridge and Philip Miller

© Richard Eaton

Event scheduled in relation with the exhibition "Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier".

Being presented for the first time in Paris, Paper Music is a cross-genre performance (opera, theatre, film concert) designed by artist William Kentridge and composer Philip Miller. This film concert combines images from various animated films, both old and new, created by William Kentridge from his charcoal-and-ink drawings, accompanied by live music composed by Philip Miller. Paper Music is performed the operatic vocalist Joanna Dudley (Australia), accompanied on the piano by Vincenzo Pasquariello (Italy). This burlesque, poetic work takes the audience on a truly unique, immersive journey.



William Kentridge, video

Philip Miller, composition and LP

Joanna Dudley, vocals

Vincenzo Pasquariello, piano

the artists

William Kentridge


William Kentridge is one of South Africa’s pre-eminent artists, internationally acclaimed for his drawings, films, theatre and opera productions.

Born in Johannesburg, the son of two anti-apartheid lawyers, he studied Politics and African Studies at the University of Witwatersrand in the 1970s, and later co-founded the Junction Avenue Theatre Company.  


He went on to study Mime and Theatre at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Back in Johannesburg he worked in various areas of television, film and theatre and collaborated on projects with the Handspring Puppet Company.

Kentridge’s work draws on varied sources, including philosophy, literature, early cinema, theatre and opera to create a complex universe where good and evil are complementary and inseparable forces. Although he moves back and forth between media, his primary activity remains drawing and he sometimes conceives of his films, theatre and opera productions as an expanded form of drawing.

The artist has spent much of his career intensively exploring themes that resonate with his own life experience as well as with the political issues that most concern him. "I am interested in a political art," he has stated, "that is to say an art of ambiguity, contradiction, uncompleted gestures and uncertain endings." His work transforms sobering political events into powerful poetic allegories and it has continually evolved as his subject matter has departed from a specifically South African context to confront more general concerns of social injustice, revolutionary politics and the power of creative expression.

In 2010 Kentridge received the Kyoto Prize in recognition of his contributions in the field of arts and philosophy. In 2011 he was elected a Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and awarded the degree of Doctor of Literature honoris causa by the University of London. In 2012 he delivered the prestigious Norton Lectures at Harvard University.

Recently his work has been seen at Tate Modern in London, Jeu de Paume and Louvre in Paris, La Scala in Milan, Albertina in Vienna, Metropolitan Opera and Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo.

Philip Miller

Composition and LP

Philip Miller is a composer and sound artist from South Africa who works in many different media from live performance to film, video  and  sound  installations. After making a leap from a career in law into the world of  music, he completed a  postgraduate degree in electro-acoustic music composition in England at Bournemouth University and then returned to South Africa to begin working full time in music.

His long time collaboration with the artist, William Kentridge composing music for many of his films and installations, has gained him international recognition, especially for recent projects including Five Themes at the Tate Modern,  London, the lectureM opera production: Refuse the Hour, which is currently on tour in theatres across Europe  as  well  as  the  multimedia  installation Refusal of Time at Dokumenta 13, Kassel and at The Metropolitan  Museum of Art, New York.

His own sound works have been exhibited at The Venice Bienale (2013) Spier Contemporary (2011).(South  Africa)  and  The  Kaunas  Biennial  (2009)  (  Lithuania).    His  live  performance  of  the  award  –winning,  choral  composition,  Rewind,  a  cantata  for  voice,  tape  and  testimony  has  been  performed  in  London,  at  the Royal Festival Hall, Celebrate Brooklyn, New York, The 62 Centre Williams College, Massachusetts, as  well as The Baxter and Market theatres in South Africa. He has scored numerous soundtracks to film and  television  programs  including  more  recently  his  Emmy  nominated  soundtrack  to  HBO’s  The  Girl.    Other  more  recent  scores  include:  Miner’s  Shotdown,  The  Bang  Bang  Club,  Black  Butterflies  and  Mary  and  Martha directed by Philip Noyce.

Miller is currently an honorary fellow at ARC (The Research Initiative in Archive and Public Culture) at the  University of Cape Town. He is currently completing  his  new  opera,  Extracts  from  the  Underground,  exploring the subterranean sound world of miners in South Africa.

Joanna Dudley


Joanna Dudley works internationally as a director, performer and singer creating music theatre, choreography and installation.

Joanna studied early and contemporary music at the Adelaide Conservatorium, Australia and the Sweelinck Conservatorium, The Netherlands. On scholarships she has also studied traditional Japanese music in Tokyo and traditional dance and music in Java.

In Berlin, Joanna worked as a guest director and performer at the Schaubuehne. Works created there include "My Dearest, My Fairest" with Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola and colours may fade with Esnaola and Rufus Didwiszus. Other works in collaboration with Didwiszus include the solo music theatre piece, "The Scorpionfish", "Who Killed Cock Robin?" with the Flemish vocal ensemble Capilla Flamenca and most recently "LOUIS & BEBE" with the electronic noise musician SchneiderTM. Her work has toured extensively throughout the world.   

In collaboration with William Kentridge and Philip Miller, Joanna features as a singer and performer in "Refuse the Hour" (Avignon Festival and Holland Festival) and "Paper Music" (Carnegie Hall). Opera work includes the coMdirection and choreography of "Eugene Onegin" conducted by Seiji Ozawa and directed by Falk Richter for the Vienna State Opera and Tokyo Opera Nomori. Other collaborators include Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Sasha Waltz, Heiner Goebbels and Thomas Ostermeier. Joanna is appearing in the next two feature films of the Indonesian director, Garin Nugroho.


Joanna’s sound installation "Tom’s Song" for 32 music boxes and 16 LP players has given regular appearances at major international art festivals.


She has lectured in performance at the ECAV Academy for Arts Sierre and the F+F School for Art and Media Design Zurich Switzerland, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, LASALLE College of the Arts Singapore, Adelaide University, Australia and the Academy for Arts in Berlin.

Vincenzo Pasquariello


Born in Mailand, Vincenzo began his musical studies at an early age under the guidance of his father, then at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, where he graduated with M° Bruno Canino, recently attended the Master’s degree with Mo Mario Borciani.

He played in Italy and abroad both as a solist and in various chamber music ensembles in major theaters and museums, performing his own compositions, among other things, a longMtime part of the theater company Moni Ovadia where he participated as a musician as well as developing music scene also as an actor.

The essential

Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 April 2017
Wednesday: 8:30 p.m. - Thursday: 9 p.m.



Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 8:30 p.m.

Representation with the artist William Kentridge (Access by reservation upon presentation of an entrance ticket to the Louis Vuitton Foundation)


Thursday, 27 April 2017, 9 p.m. 

Representation (Access by reservation upon presentation of an entrance ticket to the Louis Vuitton Foundation)

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