music composed and conceived by PHILLIP MILLER


William Kentridge
Philip Miller
Thuthuka Sibisi
Catherine Meyburgh
Gregory Maqoma
Greta Goiris
Sabine Theunissen
Urs Schönebaum / Georg Veit
Mark Grey
Janus Fouché | Žana Marović | Catherine Meyburgh
Luc De Wit
Chris Waldo de Wet
Kim Gunning
Duško Marović
Michael Atkinson | Philip Miller

Concept and Director
Co-composer | Music Director
Projection Design
Costume Design
Set Design
Lighting Design
Sound Design
Video Editing and Compositing
Associate Director
Studio Technical Director
Video Orchestrator






Mncedisi Shabangu, Hamilton Dlamini, Nhlanhla Mahlangu, Luc De Wit


Joanna Dudley, Nhlanhla Mahlangu, Ann Masina, Bham Ntabeni, Sipho Seroto, N`Faly Kouyate (kora), Mario Gotoh* (viola), Tlale Makhene (percussion) and Vincenzo Pasquariello (piano)


Gregory Maqoma, Julia Zenzie Burnham, Thulani Chauke, Xolani Dlamini, Nhlanhla Mahlangu


Mhlaba Buthelezi, Ayanda Eleki, Grace Magubane, Blaise Malaba, Ncokwane Lydia Manyama, Caroline Modiba, Tshegofatso Moeng, Mapule Moloi, Lindokuhle Thabede, Motho Oa Batho, Bulelani Madondile, Lubabalo Velebayi, Eddie Mofokeng


Waldo Alexander (violin), Christina Courtin* (violin), Colin Jacobsen* (violin); Eilidh Martin (cello), Caitlin Sullivan* (cello), Caleb van der Swaagh* (cello), Eric Jacobson* (cello); Logan Coale* (bass), Shawn Conley* (bass); Andrew Rehrig* (flute), Myles Roberts (flute), Alex Sopp* (flute); Michael P. Atkinson* (French horn), Deepa Goonetilleke (French horn), Laura Weiner* (French horn); Samuel Ewens* (trumpet), Samuel Jones* (trumpet); Bob Couture* (trombone), Richard Harris* (trombone), Nicolas Jones* (trombone), Will Lang* (trombone), Dave Nelson* (trombone), Jon Stokes* (trombone), Benny Vernon* (trombone); Jon Hill* (tuba), Andy Kershaw* (tuba), Andrew Madej* (tuba); Nathan Koci* (accordion), Will Holshouser (accordion); Sam Budish* (percussion), David Stevens* (percussion).

*with members of The Knights chamber orchestra (New York)


THE OFFICE performing arts + film  Rachel Chanoff, Laurie Cearley, Lynn Koek, Catherine DeGennaro, Noah Bashevkin, Olli Chanoff, Diane Eber, Gabrielle Davenport, & Chloe Golding in association with Quaternaire | Sarah Ford

Brendon Boyd
Mike Edelman
Michele Greco
Ryan Gohsman | Sara Sahin
Lissy Barnes-Flint
Carol Blanco
Judith Stokart
Emmanuelle Erhart
Bert Menzel | Claudine Grinwis
Marine Fleury
Jacques van Staden
Stella Olivier
Anaïs Thomas
Sigi Koerner | Stephanie Barker | Luke Gibson

Executive producer

Production Manager
Technical Director  
Sound Engineer
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Company Manager
Costume Supervisor
Head Costume Fabricator
Costume Fabricator
Set Assistant
Studio Assistant   
Scenic Painter      


Anne McIlleron, Linda Leibowitz, Joy Lowdon, Natalie Dembo, Taryn Hackett

Artistic Directors Colin Jacobsen / Eric Jacobsen
Executive Director Shruti Adhar 


Kentridge Studios         

The Knights                  

Special Thanks to:

Natalie Denbo, Homi Bhabha, Sue Killam, Meghan Labbee, Richard Criddle, Liza Essers, Joy Lowden, Dr Anna Maguire, David Olusoga, Roger Tatley, Anne Stanwix, Joe Thompson, Lautarchiv Humboldt University, Berlin and all the musicians and singers who participated in the first Maboneng Workshop, September 2017


The Head & The Load is co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Commissions, Park Avenue Armory, Ruhrtriennale, Yale Schwarzman Center and MASS MoCA with additional support from Holland Festival.

The Head & The Load acknowledges the kind assistance of Marian Goodman Gallery, Goodman Gallery and Lia Rumma Gallery in this project.  

Lead support for the development of The Head & the Load has been provided by Brenda R. Potter, Daniel R. Lewis, the W.L.S. Spencer Foundation and Jennifer & Jonathan Allan Soros, with further support from Alessia Bulgari, Agnes Gund and Wendy Fisher. Additional support has been provided by the JKW Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Simeon Bruner, Robert Gold, Sarah McNair, Randal Fippinger, John and Cynthia Reed, Bill & Sako Fisher, Quaternaire and donors who wish to remain anonymous.

Additional Fundraising support and strategy by Jean Tatge Consulting and Valerie Lynch.

World premiere in London at Tate Modern, produced by THE OFFICE performing arts + film in association with Quaternaire. 14-18 NOW was supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England & Heritage Lottery Fund and by the Department of Digital Culture Media and Sport. 

Created in residence at MASS MoCA, North Adams, 2018, and Kentridge Studios, Johannesburg 2017-2018. The Head & The Load was developed in collaboration with chamber orchestra The Knights, based in New York.