HARTFORD — “Night Fall,” one of Hartford’s most beloved community traditions, transitions to the screen for its ninth annual presentation. Up to this point, the show has been an outdoor live spectacular staged in one of Hartford’s city parks. As 2020 proves to be anything but normal, artist Anne Cubberly’s vision for a seasonal performance has been recast as “Night Fall 2020 - The Movie,” a film that will drop online at www.NightFallHartford.org and on Night Fall’s social media channels. The complete program will also air on Hartford Public Access Television Channels 5 and 95, according to an email from organizers.
This creatively reenvisioned approach to “Night Fall” is being released on the event’s originally-scheduled date of Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. and will be available for the public’s enjoyment thereafter. The show will also air throughout October on HPATV’s Education Access Channel 95. As in previous years, “Night Fall 2020 - The Movie” is free and open to all. The show is perfect for all ages and can be enjoyed regardless of the viewer’s primary language.
The multi-talented and multicultural performers of “Night Fall” are taking the creative wheel this year. Individual scenes are being conceived of and produced by Deve-Ann Bennett and Deje Bennett, Anne Cubberly, Jakar Hankerson, Justin Hughes and Ginette Christie, FriendZWorldMusic, Julia Pistell and Greg Ludovici, Savana Jones, LB Muñoz, Erica Nelson, and Casey Grambo. There is original music arranged by Jus Hues, Angel Thompson, and Antwan Matthews.
These Hartford-area artists are using Cubberly’s breathtaking costumes, masks, and puppets to create an all-new experience specifically to be enjoyed on a screen. “Night Fall 2020 - The Movie” will feature original music, dance, comedic sequences, and awe-inspiring spectacle. Performers include Anya Belladonna, Deve-Ann Bennett, Deje Bennett, Ginette Christie, Mellissa Craig, Mamadou Dieme, Chantal Edwards, John Fuentes, Casey Grambo, Curtis Greenidge, Kyle Grimm, Jakar Hankerson, Gerard Hector, Jus Hues, Asaad Jackson, Savana Jones, Rosanna Karabetsos, Kunzika, Greg Ludovici, Kalob Martinez, Loren Milledge, Stephanie Moreland, Erica Nelson, Julia Pistell, Angel Thompson, Lael Marie Williams, and FriendZWorldMusic.
The project is being filmed by Miceli Productions with the virtual audience experience provided through CulturVision by Free Center.
As “Night Fall” audiences have come to expect, this outdoor spectacular highlights a different Hartford park each year. Originally planned to be mounted in Keney Park,
“Night Fall 2020 - The Movie” and its associated community programs will still highlight the historic park in Hartford’s North End and Hartford’s vital and lively neighborhoods.
“Night Fall” probes the mysteries of seasonal transition and change. The evening’s climax, a final ritual procession of lanterns, symbolizes an ending of the fall season and a welcoming to the winter season soon to come. In this way, “Night Fall” is a festival of theater, pageantry, movement, and music as well as a uniquely Hartford celebration of nature, our shared history, and most importantly, our community.
In keeping with Anne Cubberly’s vision for sharing creative opportunities with Hartford, Night Fall’s community outreach program led by Lauren Little will include free workshops, neighborhood puppet appearances, and fun recommendations for viewing party ideas and DIY costumes. Interested parties will find more information about these opportunities at www.NightFallHartford.org.
To donate to “Night Fall,” visit www.NightFallHartford.org.