Nocturns (2008-2014)
  • Title: Nocturns
  • Alternate Title: Nocturns, experience, 2007- 2014
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:56:49
  • Language: English
  • Date: 27 July 2008
  • Location: Bronx, NY
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Nicolás Dumit Estévez, creator.
  • Credits: Nicolás Dumit Estévez, performer.

Nocturns (2008-2014)

Estévez retreated for six consecutive days at a cloistered monastery to commit himself to the nocturnal adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the consecrated Eucharist, while the sisters hosting him took their nightly rest.  His stay provided the link for a round-the-clock exposition of what the Roman Catholic tradition recognizes as the Body and Blood of Christ in a corporeal presence. This is known as the Perpetual Adoration. During the time spent at the cloister he vowed to refrain from engaging in any use of spoken or written language, and to avoid communicating with the outside world. On the seventh day he emerged from the monastery, and journeyed by foot with an invited group to the nearby Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD), where he broke his vow of silence and took questions. He promised to talk about Nocturns once a year: 2008-2014, assuring those present that at the end of this period he would not speak about it anymore. The seven-year format Nocturns follows has been inspired by Linda Mary Montano’s approach to time in some of her historical performances.


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