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Northern Lights


Northern Lights

  • Date: Saturday, 30 May 2015 to Sunday, 31 May 2015, Sat 30 May 6pm; Sun 31 May 2pm
  • Venue: National Gallery of Australia — Parkes Place, Parkes, Canberra, ACT
  • Tickets: Adults: $45 | Children: $10 | Concession: $40 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 0466 480 104

Event Details

"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 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.

Michael Sollis, plucked strings; Chris Stone, violin; Susan Ellis, soprano; Kiri Sollis, flutes; Holly Downes, double bass; Laura Tanata, harp

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on 0466 480 104 or by email to griffyn@griffynensemble.com

Featured Australian Works

Northern Lights (soprano with chamber ensemble and electronics) (2016) by Michael Sollis — World premiere
— performed by Griffyn Ensemble

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