Out of this world installation coming to Light Night Leeds
An incredible installation is set to take visitors on a journey to a digital dimension at tomrorow's Light Night Leeds festival.
Entitled I Infinite, the installation will explore the boundaries between the artificial and the real as well as the digital and non-digital worlds.
Set in a white cubed space, the mesmerising installation consists of a solo dance performance and invites audiences to freely roam the area in and around the dancer. Part dance, part video installation, I Infinite is inspired by the digital world’s quest to recreate life.
Created by Tom Dale Company and presented in association with Leeds Dance Partnership, you can find the piece at Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre at Northern Ballet on both nights at 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm, with performances lasting fifty minutes (pre-booking is essential).
The piece is set in the event’s SOYO zone which is the product of some of the city’s most prominent cultural organisations coming together to create and present an exhilarating programme of art, music and dance.
Further installations which can be found in this special zone include two atmospheric services at Leeds Minster. On the Thursday of the event there will be a traditional evening service, entitled Evensong by Candlelight, which will be led by members of the Leeds Minster Choir. The Victorian gothic interior of the church provides the atmospheric setting for the service which will be partially lit by candlelight (service 7-7.45pm).
The minster will also be hosting a second service on the Friday night of Light Night, entitled Requiem by Candlelight, which will be marking the centenary of the end of the First World War with an evening of musical extracts from the newly written Penthos Requiem by Hannah Stone and Matt Oglesby (performances from 7.15pm-8.45pm).
On both nights visitors will also be able to catch a glimpse of the figures which make up the ‘There but not there’ installation in the minster, which represent the men of Leeds who went to war but never returned.
The SOYO zone will also be home to another thought provoking installation by Gillian Hobson entitled Mirror Stage, which combines moving image, colour and light. Through the use of transparent and reflective media, this installation will transform the concept of home from a site of familiarity to a site of strangeness. Find this installation in St Peter’s Square on both nights between 7.30 – 11pm.
Alternatively, there are also a selection of dance pieces situated in the SOYO zone. A powerful piece, entitled One Last Dance is a two-month travelling dance between Guildford (where she lived when she first arrived in the UK in 1994) and Cloughjordan (the Irish village she’s moving to).
As she dances across the UK she will stay with other EU citizens, who will choreograph, walk and dance part of the way with her. Each performance will feature all the sections created up to that point. You will be able to watch this spectacular performance at Yorkshire Dance at 5.30pm on the Friday of Light Night.
Another incredible dance installation which is situated in the SOYO zone is Student Showcase. Hosted by Yorkshire Dance, you will be able to see three new dance works by the extraordinary students of Leeds’ Dance Conservatoire on the Friday of the event at 6.30pm, 7.45pm and 9pm.
There’s also a silent disco organised by Buffet and taking place at St Peter’s Place on both nights from 7:30-11pm so dig out the spandex, grab your LED headphones and groove the night away.
Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council said:
“Over the past 14 years, Light Night Leeds has continued to evolve, growing into an event of such impressive ambition and creativity that it has become one of the benchmarks for culture and innovation in Leeds and beyond.
“As Light Night once again brings thousands of people together, we hope that the event is not only a celebration of culture and artistic endeavour, but also of the unity, diversity and collective civic pride which are part of the foundation of Leeds.”
Myles Hartley, managing director of Caddick Developments Ltd said:
“Light Night is one of the city’s most innovative and fastest-growing events. It’s really important for us to be supporting these kind of forward thinking celebrations of culture as we look forward to bringing the vision of SOYO to Leeds.”
Light Night Leeds takes place on October 4 and 5 from 6pm until 11pm. The event’s headline partner is Leeds 2023.
For more details, visit: lightnightleeds.co.uk or follow @LightNightLeeds on Twitter.