In these challenging times give ever-greater meaning and resonance to the festival.
This international festival explores the transcendence of interior lighting and community impulses. The multidisciplinary festival, which has showcased artistic expression from across the continent for centuries, presents events at six venues across the city.
Here are the successful performances in White Light Festival.
- Sufi musicians from Northwest India, who perform music and dance delicacies that first appeared at the festival in 2010 before returning in 2013 due to high demand.
- Basiani returned to the Church of St. Mary of the Virgin for its celebrated festival debut in 2012, then again in 2013 and 2014.
- The Latvian Radio Choir returned to the White Light Festival for the first time since its worldwide fame. The big band and choir celebration, which swung through the streets of Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New Jersey, was named after Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Black Panther Party performed for the first time at the 2012 White Light Festival in Chicago.
- The successful oratorio heard the voice of Black Panther Party leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Rosa Parks.
- The Druid’s interpretation of Beckett’s iconic play premiered at the Galway International Arts Festival in 2016, earning much acclaim. This production is the first of its kind in Ireland and will be shown at Lincoln Center in autumn 2016. The Druid, an opera based on the two NOH stories, will soon have its world premiere in Chicago at the Chicago Opera House.
- Performance artist Miwa Matreyek creates fantastic worlds with her work through solo live performances. Their moving shadows become an integral part of their dreamlike animations. This is a multimedia solo performance, which includes animations of silhouettes of the artist, and offers an insight into the inner life of a dream – like a world in the form of a live performance.
- Infrastructure premiered at TED Global 2010 in Oxford, England, and features work by artists such as David Hockney, Michael Krieger, David Duchovny, and others. The three-week festival was conceived as an epiphany, a kind of yoga class, “says Dr. Michael Hinkley, director of the White Light Festival and professor at the College of Arts and Sciences.
In the anniversary year, the festival welcomes other popular artists, including international guest musicians, whose ensembles will trace the journey of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, and other great composers. The dark side of human nature will also be shown in the form of a performance by the most famous black – and white – filmmaker and director of the White Light Festival, Robert Schumann, who will return to tell about his life and work as an artist.