Empire of Night
about the piece
Empire of Night occupies the bedtime paradox that comfort begets unpredictability. The title is a reference to Flemish artist and theatre creator Jan Fabre and his large scale bic pen works. Fabre covers large surfaces (even buildings) with ordinary bic pens, creating a deep blue iridescent field
that fascinates the audience’s attention. This work, too, op-erates on the audience’s fascination and invites them into a state of deep association, a state common to solitude and sleep, of iridescent blue.
The arrangement of the evening is analogous to 4 sleep cycles (the average person has 4 to 6 a night), structured around the biological rhythms of a “good night’s sleep”. The music creates ambient textures as well as a unifying pulse throughout the evening. Text is used as a sonic event and bodies move through space in corporeal rhythms, challenging the nature of logical narrative. The durational element of the piece invites the audience to follow along in conscious meditation or dip in and out of sleep, carrying on their journey unconsciously - prioritizing emotional and psychic states of the body over narrative consumption.
Thematically, Empire of Night draws primarily on historical, philosophical and artistic notions of melancholy. If the day is the time for rational, productive, efficient thoughts the night is the time for the irrational, subversive and alternative.
In this sense, Empire of Night offers a nocturnal antidote to the cold, rationalism of the day.