Night Descends on Svalbard

Camilo Quiroz-Vazquez and Ellpetha Tsivicos

January 29

on a split bill with Anabella Lenzu's The night that you stopped acting/La noche que dejaste de actuar

A researcher at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway confronts her fear of the night as the season of 24 hour sunlight slowly comes to an end.

Produced by One Whale’s Tale

A collaboration of Camilo Quiroz-Vazquez and Ellpetha Tsivicos

This show explores genetics, hereditary mental health issues, the lonely beauty of the Arctic, and the fear of the dark.


The show was inspired by Ellpetha’s recent discovery that she is .25% Viking Hunter gatherer, the only portion of her DNA that was not West Asian, North African + Hellenic. Her fascination with this combined with the her personal relationship to anxiety that she seems to experience only at night led us to this idea. “Night Descends on Svalbard” explores various aspects our DNA, from mental illness, to our fears and strengths, and the beauty and isolation that exist in the harsh Arctic tundra. Also, the emotional shifts we all experience as the seasons change, and the days get shorter. We will explore the dark, and the unknown, with the guide of genetics, science, and the Northern Lights.

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The Exponential Festival is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

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Art by Mark Toneff.