Zeno at 4am

Zeno has perfect self-knowledge but is ineffective in applying this. This production is a shadow oratorio which combines a range of media to depict Zeno during the state between waking and sleeping and the dilemmas which swirl through his mind – about his wife and his mistress, whether his pleasures (smoking being one) will cause his death, his precarious business dealings, the death of his father whom he did not love enough when he was young.

Creative Team

Producer: Handspring Puppet Company
Director: William Kentridge
Libretto: Jane Taylor
Music: Kevin Volans
Music interpretation: The Duke Quartet
Puppet design: William Kentridge with Adrian Kohler
Lighting design: Wesley France


David Minnaar, Otto Maidi (Bass), Busi Zokufa, Tau Qwelane, Adrian Kohler, Basil Jones, Fourie Nyamande


2001 Belgium, France, USA

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