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.