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The Time-Travelling Circus: Electrolier Service 051018

Light Night 2018. Come and see the University of Leeds Brotherton Library in whole new light. 

Discover a story of death and what comes after at a site specific audio performance from artist Katrina Palmer. The event is inspired by the story of Susannah Darby, who died in a circus accident. 

Join The Time-Travelling Circus and get taken on an extraordinary audio-story. While married to famous equestrian and circus owner, Pablo Fanque, Susannah died in an accident at the circus. Watch Susannah's attempts to re-materialise and inhabit the Electrolier (chandelier) in the Library. You will experience the precarious flickering spectacle as attendants endeavour to revive her. The attempts at revival are assisted by horse power and sampled contributions from both Karl Blake and Tom James Parmiter. It is also accompanied by the circular rhythms of Juventino Rosas.

There will be two performances in the Brotherton Library:



Spaces are limited so please book in advance with a £5 refundable deposit. 

The route to this event includes stairs. Please contact the Galleries in advance if you have any access requirements.

The Artist: 

Katrina Palmer lives and works in London, and teaches Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art. Recent solo exhibitions include The Coffin Jump (Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK, 2018), The three stories are flattened (Void, Derry, UK, 2016) and The Necropolitan Line (Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK, 2015). 

Light Night Leeds is an annual free multi-arts and light festival that takes over Leeds city centre for two nights in October.