Metamorphosis

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Theatre
All ages

Language: English
Director: Alby Michaels
Choreographer: Craig Morris
Company: UJ Arts & Culture

Director – Alby Michaels
Cast: William Harding, Craig Morris, Khutjo Green & Ameera Patel
Photo: Jan Potgieter

Having this many minds combined in the creation of an abstract thought such as this play is a rarity … [It] is a force that entrenches the power of true collaboration within the creative sectors as an agent of deep change and innovation.’ – Alby Michaels, UJ Resident Dramaturge

“When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.” With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny sentence, Franz Kafka begins his masterpiece, Metamorphosis.

It is a story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetle-like insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home and a quintessentially alienated man.

A harrowing – though absurdly comic – meditation on human feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and isolation, Metamorphosis is one of the most widely read and influential works of 20th-century fiction.

Conceptualised by around 300 students in the University of Johannesburg’s Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture. Metamorphosis lends itself to particularly ‘other-worldly’ interpretations, posing a unique set of challenge to the students who worked across their disciplines to design the set, costumes, masks, animation and marketing, bringing it all to extraordinary life.

 

3 Comments

  1. dean.i.wallace 27 June 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Our first show for the 2019 NAF and we hit the jackpot. Brilliant performances and a well deserved standing ovation from the audience.

  2. sterry 29 June 2019 at 7:34 am

    An excellent production which has outstanding performances and use of set. Definitely a must see.

  3. ick625 3 July 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Impressive physicality and sharp choreography was a joy to watch in this tragic piece. Great stamina by all, even if the production was a little too long. Still, I really enjoyed it!

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