The Head & The Load / Holland Festival

William Kentridge’s latest production, which takes its title from the Ghanaian proverb ‘the head and the load are the troubles of the neck,’ opens the 2019 Holland Festival with a grand spectacle. The work, featuring music byÄlong-time collaborator Phillip Miller with Thuthuka Sibisi and choreography by Gregory Maqoma, illuminates Äthe plight of the nearly two million African porters and carriers used by the British, French, and Germans who bore the brunt of the casualties during the First World War in Africa – a tragic story of immense historical significance that has remained largely untold. Kentridge’s unique vision brings together an international ensemble cast of musicians, singers, dancers, and performers alongside film projections and shadow play to create a landscape of extraordinary proportion and imagination that unfolds across a 50-meter wide stage.


Show dates and times 

May 29 - no tickets available at the moment

May 30 - 03.00 PM 

May 30 - 08.30 PM

May 31 - 08.30 PM


Tickets are available here.

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