Northern Lights

Sat 30th May 6:00pm; Sun 31st May 2:00pm
National Gallery of Australia

The experience of last night will never stop dancing inside and outside me. The aurora is multiplicitous: Sometimes it burns every inch of darkness in the sky. Sometimes it glows, or flows like gas. It can be white heat – clean heat, or a giant streak across the air. It dances ceaselessly transforming – never standing still. Journal Entry, 24 Nov 2014

Tickets purchased from the National Gallery of Australia.

In November 2014 Griffyn Director Michael Sollis joined astronomer Fred Watson in the Arctic Circle in search of the Northern Lights, as a response to Griffyn’s Southern Sky by Estonian composer Urmas Sisask. The resultant composition tells a magical tale of the aurora in a Snow White-esque land of ice and twilight. The premiere performances closely reflect the extraordinary use of light in the ‘James Turrell: a retrospective’ exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia.

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National Gallery of Australia
Parkes Place,Parkes
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

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