Emerging from an installation conceived for the Venice Biennale as a response to the terrible fate of asylum seekers arriving by boat to Australian shores, Dark Night explores the crumbling humanitarian ideals of a world in crisis. In this embodied installation, embracing the dramatics of scale, volume, tone, rhythm and movement, a series of images are performed.
Activated by the body in performance in the Magdalen Laundries at the Abbotsford Convent, a precinct with its own history of struggle, Dark Night plunges audiences into the brute realities of a nation falling into ethical disrepair. Performative images weave subtly through this work, evoking the strength, fearlessness, fragility and insecurity of humanity.
Presented by Dancehouse and Abbotsford Convent as part of Dance Massive 2019