Department of Art and Art History Calendar

LIGHT | NIGHT, the Bike Light Dance Project

Light | Night

LIGHT | NIGHT, the culminating event of the UT Safe Cycling Campaign, will take place on November 3rd on the LBJ Library Plaza.  A cross-disciplinary effort between School of Architecture graduate student and campaign coordinator Kate Bedford, design students in the Department of Art and Art History, and performers and costume designers from the Department of Theatre and Dance, LIGHT | NIGHT aims to raise awareness about bike safety at night by involving the campus community in an exciting choreographed dance performance and bike light giveaway.  As part of the event, 270 bike lights will be distributed free of charge to any member of The University of Texas at Austin with a valid UT ID. An additional 200 safety lights will be available and free of charge to the general public who attend this performance.

Beginning at dusk during a time of the year when darkness tends to sneak up on students, LIGHT | NIGHT will feature an 45-minute student dance performance choreographed by Andrea Beckham, senior lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Dance, with costumes designed by students of Susan Mickey, professor of Theatre and Dance.  During this performance, lights will illuminate the movement of student dancers, and as day turns to night, those dancers will be visible by the lights on their bodies—a poetic reminder to the campus community of the importance of being lit at night.

Conceived by design students of Professor Gloria Lee, LIGHT | NIGHT is the final event of the UT Safe Cycling Campaign.  This comprehensive and cross-disciplinary campaign, which began in August of 2011, is an effort to improve bicycle transit as a safe and widely used means of commuting, through analysis and improvement to the built environment, safety education and public awareness, and service and bicycle advocacy projects.  It is funded by The University of Texas at Austin’s Student Green Fee and the Snell Endowment for the School of Architecture.

In the event of inclement weather, LIGHT | NIGHT will be moved to November 4, keeping with the same location and time.  For more information about LIGHT | NIGHT, please email youyouxia@austin.utexas.edu.