Park Nights 2023

Serpentine Pavilion August - October 2023 Price: £10, £7 Conc. See full programme and booking links below. Donate today

 

Each year, Park Nights presents a series of new performance commissions in Serpentine’s annual architectural commission, the Serpentine Pavilion. Serpentine Pavilion 2023: À table – designed by Lebanese-born, Paris-based architect Lina Ghotmeh – became the stage for a series of interdisciplinary artistic engagements on selected evenings this summer.

Since 2002, Park Nights has presented new works across art, music, film, theatre, dance, literature, philosophy, fashion, and technology. Each year’s commissions respond to the Pavilion and offer audiences unique ways to experience architecture and performance. The programme has supported many artists in the early stages of their careers, as well as pioneering writers and thinkers from around the world.

The 2023 Park Nights season began with a performance from The Living and The Dead Ensemble, a group of artists, performers, and poets from Haiti, France and the United Kingdom. The ensemble presented a rendition of their performance installation The Wake. The piece reweaves a fragmented geography and asks if there is a possible future beyond the repetition of all kinds of catastrophes.

In September, Brazilian-born visual artist, writer and psychologist Castiel Vitorino Brasileiro presented a new performance and installation which explores ritual, dance and celebration in both Afro-Brazilian and Western cultures. Bringing together collaborators from different backgrounds, Vitorino Brasileiro explored dance as a connective and healing practice that allows us to consider the relationships between interspecific spirituality and different forms of life.

The programme continued through September with a performance from internationally acclaimed DJ and musician Bambii celebrating Black diasporic dance music. In October, Park Nights hosted an experimental performance by Christelle Oyiri, an artist and filmmaker of Ivorian, Guadeloupean and Martinican origin, born in the Paris region, where she lives and works. Traversing musical genres including punk and soca, Oyiri performed a live iteration of her upcoming record with invited collaborators Nandita, Oxhy and Covco.

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