The Alchemy of Words
Director: Naomi van Niekerk
Featured Artists: Naomi van Niekerk, Arnaud van Vliet, Yoann Pencolé
Age Recommendation: All Ages
Arthur Rimbaud, the ‘enfant terrible’ of French poetry published his first immortal poem at the age of 16 only to completely abandon writing poetry at the age of 21. During this short period he managed to create a body of work that has had a profound impact on the poetry of his own time and on that of the 20th Century.
In The Alchemy of Words, three artists from different disciplines – puppetry, film and music – search to capture the enigma of Arthur Rimbaud and what it means to be a pioneer. Expect an immersive experience that combines artistic projections, puppetry and live music inspired by the diverse imagery from Rimbaud’s poems – smoke filled battlefields, the lush countryside of the French Ardennes, colourful vowels, crimson seas…
‘The Alchemy of Words’ is sponsored by the French Institute of South Africa.