Design Indaba announces its new documentary on William Kentridge

Watch the teaser for "William Kentridge: The Collaborative Artist", a candid, behind-the-scenes documentary by Design Indaba.

Part of the event

While of a singular genius, William Kentridge draws on several long-term collaborators including composer Philip Miller, film editor Catherine Meyburgh and choreographer Dada Masilo to realise his film, opera and theatre productions as well as his installation work.

This is the focus of a forthcoming documentary by Design Indaba, called William Kentridge: The Collaborative Artist. In the film Kentridge shares insights into the nature of his artistic collaborations with specific reference to Refuse the Hour, The Refusal of Time (at the Iziko South African National Gallery in association with the Goodman Gallery until 21 June) and the opera Lulu, which opened at the Dutch National Opera today. He talks candidly about what sparked the concepts, how he goes about finding the right collaborators and how the creative process plays out between the various parties.

The documentary offers insight into their collaborative process through interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of the productions that has never been seen before. The Collaborative Artist is an engaging and amusing depiction of how these long-term, off-kilter collaborative relationships help to shape and realise ideas – the Kentridge way.

It will be released on in the coming months.

Get your limited-edition print made by Kentridge especially for Design Indaba while stocks last. The edition of 50 prints depicts an evocative series of ink drawings taken from the Refuse the Hour chamber opera presented as part of Design Indaba Festival 2015. The commemorative signed print, priced at R15 000, is a souvenir of our unique partnership with the artist. To purchase a print, email