Blue of Distance

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Blue of Distance

Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That's where the important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go...

For many years, I have been moved by the blue at the far edge of what can be seen, that colour of horizons, of remote mountain ranges, of anything far away. The colour of that distance is the colour of an emotion, the colour of solitude and of desire, the colour of there seen from here, the colour of where you are not. And the colour of where you can never go. For the blue is not in the place those miles away at the horizon, but in the atmospheric distance between you and the mountains..Blue is the colour of longing for the distances you never arrive in, for the blue world…Rebecca Solnit

Time moves to its own score.."blue of my heart, blue of my dreams.." Derek Jarman

I have been to hell and back and let me tell you it was wonderful. Louise Bourgeois

You can ask me anything. There will be no moderator. This will be between you and me. Let's see what happens. Much love, Nick.  Nick Cave

Blue of Distance is an exploration of memoir, melancholy and the stories we tell and retell about ourselves and our lives. Memory notes to longing, loss, hope and redemption. A bundle of love letters, an unfinished scrabble game, a jigsaw to the places and people we hold close. How do we share with each other our deepest secrets, our most painful sufferings?

inspired by selected texts including the Derek Jarman final feature film Blue, writer Rebecca Solnit' s collection of essays A Field Guide to Getting Lost, and personal blogs such as Nick Cave’s The Red Hand Files, this work is a lovable lament on the inevitability of beginnings and endings, and the world that will continue without you being there. How we are possessed by people and places, and how we search for answers to impossible questions.

A deeply personal hello and goodbye; poignant, playful, poetic and occasionally philosophical.

I travel alone

Blue Water’s my daughter

And I’m gonna skippin’ like a stone. (Shiver Me Timbers, Tom Waits)

Blue of Distance is a performance created by two people in real time through an interplay of words, movement, image, and sound. An intimate offering, inviting conversation and connection.

The form is unpredictable and non-linear, a contemporary interplay of simultaneous moments. A stripped back aesthetic evokes the simple beauty of an intimate gesture, layering words and imagery, interwoven with fragments of sound created in a real time interaction between the performers. Moving and life affirming, the viewer is invited to become present into the 'now' of their own dreaming and projections.


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Creative Team:

Collaborating lead artist - Sally Richardson

Collaborating artist- Humphrey Bower

Sound design/composition - Rachel Meyers

Producer - Annette Downes



all that we are - Artist residency - Sandford, Lutruwita/Tasmania - October 2023


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