Day For Night presents entertainment in shifts

Day For Night promo image from 2019. Photo: Jermaine Dean/supplied.

Rita Bratovich previews Day For Night, the annual showcase for queer talent, which is taking a new, Covid-safe form this year.

The last few months have seen day and night meld into an uneventful, relentless time continuum, but for one weekend this October, that monotony will be interrupted. Performance Space is teaming up with Carriageworks to present their annual showcase of queer talent, Day For Night, in an inventive new, pandemic friendly format. 

The schedule has been broken up into six sessions – three during the day and three during the evening – for both Saturday and Sunday, 24 and 25 October. An intimate crowd of 20 people only will be permitted into each session (a great way to meet people!). The lineups differ for day and night, but both are spectacular. 

Daytime shows are at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm and feature the illustrious talents of Matthew Bergan, Enoch Mailangi, Sarah Birdgirl, Maladaptive Dreamers with Loc Nguyen and Isabella Valentina, Martin del Amo and The Working Bitches. 

Evening shows are at 6pm, 8pm, and 10pm with a star-studded bill including Madison Moore, Fiona McGregor, Sarah Moany, Elizabeth Burton, Paul Capsis, Rainbow Chan and House of Silky. 

As with previous years, the soundscape comes care of the magical music-making powers of Stereogamous, while the ambience has been created by space artists, Future Method Studio. 

Day For Night was conceived several years ago as a multi-disciplinary, experiential event. It’s been ingeniously re-imagined this year so that it retains its spirit of queer artistic diversity and communal appreciation while remaining absolutely Covid-19 compliant. You’ll need to wear a mask (you should have a selection to go with everything in your wardrobe by now!). Limited numbers will be strictly adhered to, as will the 1.5 metre proximity rule. 

None of this will spoil the fun.

The thirteen acts on the bill represent art across a kaleidoscopic spectrum. They include insightful talks, uproarious comedy, disability-defying feats and narrative choreography. In some cases, the audience gets in on the act, as with the frenetic dance aerobic class. The best voices in the business will deliver velvety cabaret croons and diaphanous vocal soundscapes. 

You will absolutely need to book and tickets are already on sale, so get your arts into gear. 

Day For Night will run at Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh, Saturday and Sunday, 24 and 25 October. For tickets and info, visit https://performancespace.com.au/program/day-for-night/.

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