Interlude for a Summer Night is an event part of the festival Art Night 2017. Being an evening of performances, it takes place at Arnold Circus, a public garden in the heart of the Boundary Estate in Shoreditch, London. With over 16 performers, and a wide range of acoustic instruments and objects, the artists transform different historical, environmental and spatial aspects of the site into an extraordinary live experience.
Richard Melkonian’s performance resonates upon a dark myth about the elevated structure of the Circus, while Himali Singh Soin and David Soin Tappeser use the central bandstand to narrate a series of speculative histories, and Gabriel Francisco Lemos reveals the sounds that inhabit the surrounding Estate.
Highlighting the significance of the site’s shifting histories, the event enables an understanding of the unique role of public spaces for artistic experimentation outside the formal setting of the gallery or museum. Arnold Circus acts then as a stage in which to introduce new voices, ideas, and interpretations, bridging cultural exchange.
Himali Singh Soin and David Soin Tappeser (H/D)
Gabriel Francisco Lemos
This event is part of the Associate Programme of Art Night 2017, a free arts festival. Art Night 2017 is organised in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery and curated by independent curator and writer Fatos Ustek. The festival is generously supported by international auction house Phillips.
Himali Singh Soin and David Soin Tappeser's piece has been performed by Fen Qin, Megan Wines, Colin Lindsay, Frankie Thompson, Saskia Fischer, Chun-Han Yang, Sophie Jade O'Connor, Elie Bouakaze-Khan, Chrisanthi Livadiotis, Madalina Zaharia, Mark Ng, Anna Grenman and Livvy Lynch. Richard Melkonian's piece has been performed by Toby Kidd, Rodrigo Camacho and Richard Melkonian. Gabriel Lemos Francisco's piece has been performed by Tamar Clarke-Brown, Kirsty White and Pascal Colman
With thanks to Anne Duffau from RCA, the Department of Performance at QMUL, the CASS, Delfina Foundation and Tower Hamlets
Photography by Christian Lübbert, Justyna Wichowska and Ruohan Zhang