¡The Gloaming!

In addition to our 25 foot tower of drums, we're building 32 separate drum installations spread evenly along Esplanade for participants to play and welcome the night time with rhythm and noise. We present our 2017 interactive performance art proposal: "The Gloaming"


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When our world is closer to the Otherworld, the spirits often traverse the thin spaces, and it is at dusk when the aes sidhe welcome the coming of the night. In a ritual that stretches back before the coming of humankind - and that also anticipates a future when humans no longer exist - the aes sidhe revel in the endless cycle of light and darkness. In a hint of what is to come, those who find themselves in the path of the sidhe court first smell and taste the dusty grit of death and rebirth. Then they hear a pounding beat that heralds the bursting of the court from the Otherworld. Bystanders soon see a dark figure with pulsing veins of red light, curling horns, and a silver face that reflects a person's soul back at them, followed by cavorting figures who tap rhythms on a variety of drums.

In a twisted caricature of the Pied Piper leading children astray, some of the aes sidhe beat a march for the procession, while other figures dart amongst onlookers, drawing bystanders into the procession as the group strides toward ritual stations of drums and light. The court - and its newly found attendants - pound a rhythm as the sun sinks below the horizon towards the inevitable transition, and transformation, from light to dark. The dark sidhe and its new court howl in joy as the glowing orb disappears beyond the skyline, and the blessed cool of night bathes the land in its inky embrace.

When: August 27-September 1, 2017
What: Daily ritual drum performance at dusk
Where: Black Rock City, Nevada