Get 'Freaked' at Light Night
'Freaked', produced by BA (Hons) Performance students atour University, tookspectators behind the scenes of the circus, to the strange characters and spaces of the twilight backstage at a fairground via live performances and immersive installations, reflecting Light Night's theme: 'Dead of Night'.
The students used the opportunity to enhance their study of live events, engaging them in set design, sculptural making, marketing, technical managing and performing. Their work at Light Night will be assessed as part of their course and is the first of a series of employability-related projects they will undertake in the next two years.
Leeds Light Night began in 2005 and is now an annual multi-artform festival, which takes place on one evening at numerous venues across Leeds city centre. Coordinated by Leeds City Council's Arts and Regeneration team, it involves contributions from many different Leeds-based arts organisations exhibiting and performing their work in Millennium Square, on the streets, in galleries and in venues not usually open to the public.
The students' Professional Practice Module Leader, Gillian Dyson, commented: "This was a superb opportunity for our students to experience invaluable real-life work in the cultural industries and to help place them ahead of the game when it comes to future employability. Our students have been consistent in producing some of the most engaging, surprising and delightful events for Light Night, bringing the 'hidden secret' that is Queen Square to life with light, installation and live performance."