2018 DAY FOR NIGHT
PRESENTED BY PERFORMANCE SPACE & CARRIAGEWORKS
SAT 27 OCT, 12PM – LATE
This year’s Day for Night tells the story of the successive generations of queer performance artists, trailblazers, partygoers and trouble-makers who have shaped Sydney as one of the world’s most creative and diverse queer cities. Day for Night pays tribute to our rich queer lineage by commissioning new works by pioneering senior artists William Yang and Glitta Supernova alongside work by some of the freshest young, emerging and mid-career artists currently re-imagining our performance and party spaces. From queer new music to durational cooking, storytelling and a participatory installation of sex toys—and of course the queer dancefloor of the year—this year’s Day for Night is not to be missed.
To kick off this year’s Day for Night, Performance Space has commissioned trailblazing Australian artist William Yang to create PARTY (verb): a new performance lecture that—through archival images and pulsing music—traces the development of Sydney’s queer underground party scene through the 1980s and 90s, up to the present day, through Yang’s distinct perspective and photographic eye.
Featuring never-before-seen photographs from Yang’s vast archive, PARTY (verb) introduces us to some of the key players, notorious personalities and fantastic spaces that have shaped Sydney as one of the world’s most creative and diverse queer communities. Live scored by celebrated DJs and musicians Stereogamous, PARTY (verb) celebrates the living legacy of these halcyon days of parties, revelry and togetherness.
Stereogamous (Paul Mac and Jonny Seymour) are the musical equivalent of a Mardi Gras that runs all year. They have remixed or collaborated with Kylie, Ngaiire, George Michael, Sia, Sam Sparro, Brendan Maclean, LCD Soundsystem, The Presets, Light Asylum, JD Samson’s MEN and loads more. Don’t hate them though. They are actually lovely lads who are more into dancing, hugging and staying up late than being sceneious.
Stereogamous have played in backroom dance floors all over the planet (Berghain, Berlin. Razzmatazz, Barcelona. Horse Meat Disco, London. The End Up, San Francisco) Mega festivals (Burning Man, Glastonbury, Lovebox, Subsonic, Vivid, MONA FOMA) Sound tracked fashion weeks (NYC, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne) and also represented at Gay Pride events all around the circuit (Folsom Street Fair, San Francisco. Sydney Mardi Gras, Madrid & NYC Pride).
PEARLS OF WISDOM
Pioneering Sydney performance artist Glitta Supernova will close out the Day for Night party with a newly commissioned performance, Pearls of Wisdom. Drawing on feminine archetypes, queer family lineage, ancestral and cellular memories, Pearls of Wisdom features Glitta’s signature combination of uncompromising performance, stunning costumes and visuals, and twisted storytelling that reaches across the ages to shape a new queer reality.
THE DIVINE GAME
RADHA LA BIA
Radha La Bia—the diva from India—bursts onto the Day for Night stage with her unique combination of durational cooking, performance and storytelling.
Radha will be preparing Inji puli (in English ginger sour), a condiment recipe she learned from her grandmother. This cooking performance stretches across several hours and will culminate in a spectacular, yet intimate moment of storytelling: from her perch on a set reminiscent of lavish 1960s Tamil devotional films, Radha regales us with stories about growing up in a modern matriarchal Indian family in Singapore, weaving together family, identity, sexuality, gender, mythology and Kollywood.
In The Divine Game, the shaping of queer culture and familial memory and the preparation of culturally significant foods becomes one and the same.
At Day for Night, Koco Carey launches an exciting new musical project. Drawing from queer musical lineages that remembers the sound and soul of Sylvester, Koco will be working with an amazing line-up of collaborators to punch out new space across artistic genres. Koco will drop her first tracks in a performance that brings her fierce energy to new heights at the peak of the Day for Night party.
INVISIBLE, AS MUSIC
BREE VAN REYK
You’re invited to share in Bree Van Reyk’s invitational performance featuring found objects and instruments of her own creation! Featuring five multi-talented women musicians moving between different musical stations, Invisible, as Music will be occupying your eardrums at different moments throughout Day for Night.
During the day, revellers are invited to get involved in an ambient and participatory performance. At night, things kick up a gear, as the band brings their sound to the club in fast, furious, feminist jams.
Based in Auckland (Aotearoa-New Zealand), FAFSWAG is a collective of queer Indigenous creatives working collaboratively to activate public and digital space, and Performance Space is thrilled to be bringing the first full Australian presentation of their work to Day for Night this year.
Created by FAFSWAG artist Akashi Fisiinaua, FEMSLICK is a series of vignettes set against underground vogue culture in Auckland. Flexing urgency and vitality, this world is dripping in body politics, visceral connection to FAFSWAG’s fonua tapu, urban aesthetics and sounds that pulls from the artists’ cultural roots with realness and precision.
Told through movement, soundscape and urban material culture, this devised work scrutinizes redundant gender norms and tired cultural codes with vivid and timely responses that pull no punches.
Synced to the rhythmic pulse of a Vogue ball this work connects its audience directly into its advocacy of self-defence, self-love and self-preservation. Don’t expect to remain sedated and docile like passive voyeurs. It’s not that kind of party. FEMSLICK stays f*cking up the patriarchy, one Caucasian space at a time.
Produced by Akashi Fisiinaua from FAFSWAG Arts Collective
Funded by Creative New Zealand
Featuring Akashi Fisiinaua, Manu Vaea, Falencie Filipo and Jaycee Rya Tanuvasa
Direction by Akashi Fisiinaua
Styling by Jasper Powell
A cluster of long, sensual chains dangle from the roof. From them hang hundreds of sex toys, arranged with McMahon’s characteristic eye for sculpture, form and social space. Throughout Day for Night, Anna McMahon invites revellers to take a toy in exchange for revealing their deepest desires and fantasies. These toys become accessories, corsages of pleasure that punters can wear with them for the duration of the event. Part-installation, part-participatory performance, this is one artwork that gives its beholders a very unique pleasure, while celebrating a queer history of blurring the lines between public and private space.
After wowing audiences at Performance Space’s Queer Nu Werk performance platform in March, Paul Walker brings his entrancing new solo performance to Day for Night. Limbs balancing on a sparse yet beautiful installation of individual stones, Walker performs a slow dance across three hours, where the connection between body and elements creates a new kind of queer physicality.
Vonne Patiag queers up the grand cultural tradition of karaoke, inviting us to think about the relationship between race, sexuality and pop culture at the same time. Black humour and cultural critique combine, and Beyonce will never be the same.
BETTY GRUMBLE & HIP HOP HOE
For this year’s Day for Night, Sydney queer icons Hip Hop Hoe and Betty Grumble join forces to create a special performance moment honouring the iconic queer performer Candy Royalle, who passed away in June this year. As close friends and creative collaborators of Candy, these two artists pay tribute to her fierce creative spirit and legacy.
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