The Night Garden

Poetry film by Rose Staff, Nik Azidis and Lisa Greenaway, originally commissioned as an installation on the State Library of Victoria façade for White Night Melbourne 2017.

The Night Garden was originally commissioned as an audio-visual installation for White Night Melbourne, February 2017. (See here for details)  

The Night Garden grows out of a powerful dream vision inspired by the influential medieval poem Roman de la Rose (The Romance of the Rose), by Guillaume de Lorris. Written by de Lorris around 1230, Roman de la Rose's purpose is 'to both entertain and teach others about the Art of Love'. The Night Garden distils the essence of Lorris' original story, discarding the more moralistic later coda to the poem by Jean de Meun.

In Lorris' story, the dreamer enters a walled garden and discovers the Fountain of Narcissus, in which he sees a beautiful rose. While looking at it, he is struck by numerous arrows by the God of Love causing him to fall in love with the rose. Gardens are places of rest, artistry and magic. Dreams are destinations where the commonplace becomes extraordinary. Tempting the dreamer and the lover in us all, The Night Garden is both an escape and a tender trap.

Visual adaptation, direction, design, animation and motion graphics by Nik Azidis and Rose Staff. Text adaptation and sound / music composition by Lisa Greenaway. The voice of the dreamer is Thomas Keily. 

The Night Garden poetry film was selected for the 6th International Video Poetry Festival held in Embros Theatre in Athens, January 2018, hosted by the Institute for Experimental Arts.