Romancing the Anthropocene curated by
Ivan Jurakic and Crystal Mowry
Night Shift , 2013
Photo: Brendan Fernandes
Night Shift is a durational performance inspired by Louis XIV’s Le Ballet de la Nuit, where he played the Sun King. Dancers will endure from dusk until dawn, dancing and making gold confetti in anticipation of the Sun King’s appearance at sunrise.
Night Shift is a durational performance inspired by Le Ballet de la Nuit, a 13-hour court ballet that was most notable for the involvement of the young Louis XIV, who performed many roles, including the title of the Sun King. Danced throughout the night, the ballet acted as a performance with night (darkness) cast as a metaphoric plague on society. The dance is performed as an offering to call upon daylight, when the Sun King exiles the darkness, and the dawn (light) signifies a new beginning through the start of a new day.
Fernandes has re-contextualized the ballet into a contemporary dance performance in which dancers endure from dusk until dawn, dancing and making gold confetti in anticipation of the new tomorrow. At dawn in celebration of the new day, the accumulated piles of gold confetti will be thrown into the air and the piece ends. Night Shift questions notions of labour and time within the context of night changing into day as the dancer’s body endures and asserts itself while in the process of performing.
Suitable for all ages
Bay Adelaide Centre, 333 Bay Street (Accessible from Temperance Street)
This project is both indoors and outdoors.