EVENT: Best Creative Lighting Event
Skedanoz, Shimmering Night in Breton, is a night event dedicated to the dissemination of scientific and legendary knowledge about Brittany’s Neolithic heritage. It helps discovering unique remnants of the territory through a stage production involving informative luminous material, poetic narratives and spectacular illuminations of the monuments, and is conceived as an extension of the existing diurnal mediation solutions revolving around South-Brittany’s emblematic sites.
Skedanoz supports the work of the Paysages de Mégalithes de Carnac et de Sud-Morbihan Association, whose mission is to propose this heritage to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, under Professor Yves Coppens’ scientific authority.
In 2018, Skedanoz took over the legendary Tumulus of Kernours, located in Bono (Morbihan, France). Imagined as an immersion into the history of the sites, this event represents a journey through six thousand years of history, aiming at raising awareness about rising waters and the preservation of this thousand-year and unique heritage in this part of the world.
Composed of three steps, the show first proposes the discovery, on the international scale, of architectural structures that characterise prehistory. Ten metal tripods are engraved with maps, texts and illustrations telling the story of more than twenty monuments that were built thousands of years ago and that are still visible to this day. These backlit tripods skilfully and graphically show the scope of the building phenomenon, considered humanity’s first architectural work.
The journey continues with the understanding, on a smaller scale, of the major ensemble of Neolithic remnants that was discovered in Brittany. The monumental Tumulus of Kernours is seen as the leading figure of more than 500 Neolithic sites in Morbihan.
Lastly, a series of animated illustrations retells the legend of the city of Ys, considered as the Breton Atlantis, and it initiates the third and last part of the journey, an unheard narrative presented by Gilles Servat, emblematic singer. Along with a music track that was composed for this event, as well as illuminations magnifying the nightscape, this last stage grants a special place to the starry sky, last reminder of the navigation tool our ancestors used to guide themselves.
Skedanoz is different from the others, in that it ensures the dissemination of knowledge to the next generations, beyond its sole ability to glorify the heritage with light and to allow the unique experience of getting in touch with a thousand-year-old monument during one exceptional night.
Conceived as a real mediation element, it works as a link between the new generations and the heritage, which remains incomplete to this day. While keeping this in mind, Skedanoz grows from that fact and offers a magnificent and ephemerous show in which the delight from the light marries the softness of the music and the depth of the texts so that, during one magical night, it can stimulate the viewers’ imagination. Who knows, it might also provide new possible answers about this heritage that is still keeping secrets from us.