Woyzeck on the Highveld

An adaptation of German writer Georg Buchner’s famous play of jealousy, murder and the struggle of an ordinary man against an uncaring society which eventually destroys him. Büchner’s Woyzeck is a German soldier in 1800s, but in this version, Woyzeck is a migrant worker in 1950s Johannesburg, a landscape of barren industrialisation. The production brings together rod-manipulated puppets and animated film to graphically illustrate Woyzeck’s tortured mind as he tries to make sense of his external circumstances.

Creative Team

Production: Handspring Puppet Company with The Standard Bank National Arts Festival, the Johannesburg City Council, the Foundation for the Creative Arts, the German Embassy, the Department of National Education and Art Bureau (Munich).
Director: William Kentridge
Designers: Adrian Kohler and William Kentridge
Animation: William Kentridge with assistant animator Erica Elk
Music by: Steve Cooks, Edward Jordan
Sound design: Wilbert Schoubel, Cello: Clara Hooyberg
Lighting design: Mannie Manim


Louis Seboko, Busi Zokufa, Busi Zokufa, Tale Motsepe, Basil Jones, Adrian Kohler


South Africa, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, UK, Canada, Spain, Sweden, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, France, Italy, Poland and Spain.

21 & 22 Sep 2012 Hopkins Centre for the Performing Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, NA
27-29 Sep 2012 Museum of Contemporary Art Edlis Neeson Theater, Chicago, Il


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