Nocturne is a contemplative night-time walking journey, outwardly through the streets and by-ways of The Rocks area on Sydney Harbour 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.


A special moving experience


Creative Team

Created by: one step at a time like this – Suzanne Kersten, Clair Korobacz and Julian Rickert

Stage Manager: Hana Truban
Assistant Stage Manager: Abby Dinger
Lighting Design Consultant: John Ford

Performance History

NOCTURNE was commissioned specifically for Vivid Sydney 2023.

Partners and Support