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Collapses & Defences

Music · Improvisation · Performed lecture, choir

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Location: Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, view access map
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About the event

As part of The Centre for the Less Good Idea's residency at the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain.

Collapsed Concert 1

Showcasing experimentations and improvisations, the Collapsed Concerts are spontaneous, deliberately playful, live performances. For this first evening, film composer and pianist Kyle Shepherd, and percussionist Angelo Moustapha, perform a set of curated compositions in collaboration with bassist Zenzele Mthembu, guitarist Joel Rabesolo, and percussionist Micca Manganye.

Composers | Kyle Shepherd & Angelo Moustapha
Musicians | Kyle Shepherd (pianist), Angelo Moustapha (percussionist), Micca Manganye (percussionist), Zenzele Mthembu (bassist) & Joel Rabesolo (guitarist)

A Defence of the Less Good Idea & Collapsed Concert 2

In many ways, A Defence of the Less Good Idea is one of the defining performances of The Centre for the Less Good Idea. Here, Kentridge delivers a performance-based lecture that, in its subject and its form, serves as a window into the processes, strategies, and interests of The Centre. His lecture is disturbed by increasingly disruptive external interventions that gradually alter its flow and logic, ultimately drowned out by a musical swell with the resounding arrival of a choral group – a special collaboration between composers Nhlanhla Mahlangu, Sbusiso Shozi and a Paris-based vocal group curated and led by Corinne Sahraoui.

Conceptualiser | William Kentridge
Performers | Angelo Moustapha, Thulani Chauke, Zenzele Mthembu, Nhlanhla Mahlangu, Luc de Wit & Anathi Conjwa
Video Operator | Octavia Sonyane
Composers | Sbusiso Shozi & Nhlanhla Mahlangu
Lead Vocalists | Anathi Conjwa, Dikeledi Modubu & Asanda Hanabe
Choir | The Multicolor Choir: Véronique Nga Mveng Engola (soprano), Fanny Denni (soprano), Nora Sandal (soprano), Constance Manga Mbassi (alto), Valérie Colau Lorentz (alto), Géraldine Feuillette (alto), Lisa Griset (alto), Corinne Sahraoui (alto), Isaac Luyindula (tenor) & Dourane Fall (tenor)

Practical information

Additional information

Estimated duration: 2h (Collapsed Concert 1: 1h + intermission: 20 min + The Defence of the Less Good Idea: 20 min + Collapsed Concert 2: 20 min).
Doors open at 7pm.
Seated show, subject to availability.
English and French.
Shows begin at the time indicated: latecomers will only be allowed entry if this does not disturb the show.
This event will be filmed by the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain teams for distribution on our digital communication platforms and those of third parties authorized by us. The audience may appear in the produced content. If a person appears in the produced content and wishes to be removed, please contact the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain at

The Less Good Lounge
Documentation space Moments of Making (archives, documentary film and sound installation).
Bookshop space in collaboration with The Centre for the Less Good Idea and the Fondation Cartier.

Cafeteria Soré (African cuisine), open every day and evenings of performances.