Nocturne Programme

NOCTURNE is a contemplative night-time walking journey, outwardly through the streets and by-ways of The Rocks area and inwardly into a nocturnal dream-state and out to the stars.

Featuring First Nations perspectives on land, water and sky Country, evocative audio tracks guide your journey as the night re-shapes once-familiar locations, experiences of place and self. Weaving intimate connections between darkness, nature, light, place and culminating in an ascent to the night sky.

Featuring the voices and knowledge of Ghillar Michael Anderson, Euahlayi Senior Lawman and Knowledge Holder; Jake Ferguson, Bidjigal-Dharawal, Wailwan, Biripi and Bundjalung man; Shannon Foster, D’harawal Saltwater Knowledge Keeper; Dr Francis Bodkin, a descendant of the D’harawal people of the Bidiagal clan; and marine environmental scientist Dr Katherine Dafforn; along with the creatives of one step at a time like this.

Featuring local independent music: Interchange by Angophora (Max Santilli & Jacob Fugar); Elegy – Postlude by Corin (Recording courtesy of Phoenix Central Park); Un, artifact 6.0 and artifact 7.0 by Craun (Aris Hatzidakis); Helium by Blastcorp and Until Underneath Everything (Kris Keogh); Blink (ft. Aphir) and Wise Ones by DENNI (Pakana Artist); Going Up, Coming Down by Ephera; Mariposa 3 by Lawrence Hall; Matter, One Day Early and A Mountain Beside My Bed by Low Flung (Danny Wild); Slowly the Sorrow and They May Be In Silence by Panoptique Electrical (Jason Sweeney); Singing Soundscape by Sharon Thompson; A Requiem For A Place Forgotten by Unio (Anders Jader & Karl Hahn)

NOCTURNE has been commissioned specifically for Vivid Sydney 2023. 

Created by one step at time like this in association with Bureau of Works and Richard Jordan Productions.

Stage Manager: Hana Truban; Assistant Stage Manager: Abby Dinger

Lighting Design consultant: John Ford

This is part of Vivid Ideas’ Immersive Events series.  Image Credit: Denis Beaubois.

Special thanks to: Tory and Kate and Gill and all at Vivid; Alia Grinvalds; Rober Fuller; Bill Harris; Duane Hamacher.

Stargazing Tour in October: For anyone interested in a stargazing tour out on country in Goodooga NSW with Ghillar Michael Anderson, Euahlayi Senior Lawman and Knowledge Holder, please be in contact with us here.

one step at a time like this is a collaboration between 3 Melbourne contemporary theatre artists Suzanne Kersten, Clair Korobacz and Julian Rickert. Employing an expanded notion of theatre, one step create location-responsive works and audience-centric works. They seek out novel forms of audience engagement via the use of inventive performative platforms in public space and performance buildings – digital, live, and innovative blends. Works are designed to allow audiences to slip seamlessly between real-world locales, virtual worlds and narrative elements. Engaging the co-authoring activity of the audience is a key element of the work.

The company has been commissioned to create works for Sadlers Wells, Situations UK, Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Singapore International Festival of the Arts, London Olympics Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Arts Centre Melbourne, Arts House, Melbourne Festival and City of Melbourne, among others.

Recent Works include: 64 Ways of Being, Victorian Government Creative State Commission; en route, Singapore International Arts Festival; Sea Inside, Dansearena Nord, Norway; Carnival of Futures, Arts House; upsidedowninsideout, Sadlers Wells Theatre, Culture Station Seoul, Arts Centre Melbourne; Immergence, Situations UK; Since I Suppose, OZ Arts, Nashville, Arts House and Melbourne Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Undreamed Waters, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; forever young, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe and Junction Festival, Ireland.

Bureau of Works produces contemporary and experimental art for the here and now. Led by independent producer Erin Milne, the company focuses on creating strategic opportunities for artists, supporting the creation of new work and exploratory form, and developing contexts that foster risk-taking and ambition. Erin has extensive experience as a producer of live performance and interdisciplinary projects, spanning theatre, dance, installation, music, new media and visual art. She also consults to organisations on strategic planning, business development, policy and research projects; and is a sessional lecturer at Deakin University and Victorian College of the Arts. Bureau of Works collaborates with some of Australia’s most distinctive and ambitious artists, including: one step at a time like this, Ridiculusmus, Jodee Mundy Collaborations, Jackson Castiglione, Richard Cilli & Claire Edwardes, Daniel Schlusser, Paea Leach, Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey, Anna Tregloan, Experimenta, Punctum Live Arts, Michaela Gleave, Sarah Austin, and Chris Kohn & Collaborators.

Richard Jordan Productions is based in London under the artistic leadership of British producer Richard Jordan. In 1998, he was the first recipient of the Society of London Theatre/ TIF New Producers Bursary Award. Since then, the company has produced over 250 productions in the UK and 28 other countries, including 95 world-premières and 102 European, Australian or US premières producing and collaborating with the world’s leading theatres. Described by The Stage as “one of the UK’s most prolific theatre producers”, a new work specialist and experienced dramaturge, Richard has been at the forefront of developing and/or commissioning works often with a strong social and political agenda. Since 2010, Richard Jordan and one step at a time like this develop and produce their work together world-wide. His past productions have won over 60 major awards including: the TONY; Olivier; Emmy; Scotsman Fringe First; Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award; Spirit of the Fringe; Herald Angel; Total Theatre; US Black Alliance; Obie; and the John Gassner Award.