Too Close to the Sun is a contemporary performance-making company creating and touring solo work in Australia and internationally. They use multidisciplinary storytelling to create worlds that are inescapable, unsettling and dream-like. Their work directly questions the nature of performance and examines darkness with unnerving humour. Their materials come from internal imagery as well as threads of research. They are driven by transformation, immersion and intensity in the work they do.
Too Close to the Sun’s work has a quality of the hand made, the unsettling, and the intricate that often lends comparison to the dark cinematic puppetry work of Janie Geiser, the disturbing and off-beat vision of David Lynch and the stop-motion object creation found in Brothers Quay or Jan Svankmajer.
The company combines the distinctive skills of artists Talya Rubin (devisor/writer/performer) and Nick James (devisor/director), collaborating with some of Australia’s most accomplished creatives, including Bryony Anderson (puppet maker), Hayley Forward (sound designer), Sam James (video artist) and Richard Vabre (lighting designer). They make works both small and large scale that bring together vivid and intensely original visuals and aesthetics with new writing (Talya is an award-winning, published poet), making meaning in ways that are uncomfortable and challenging.
Their previous work, Of The Causes of Wonderful Things (a solo piece about five children who disappeared from a small town in the American south), toured nationally to Performance Space, Arts House, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane Festival, and Adelaide Fringe (co-produced by Vitalstatistix), and was met with critical acclaim. Internationally, the show toured to Théâtre La Chapelle (Montreal, Canada) and Uno Festival (Victoria, Canada).
Too Close to the Sun has been invited to create work through numerous curated residency programs, including: Metro Arts Spark (Brisbane), HotHouse Theatre (Albury), Fraser St Studios (Sydney) and The Rex Cramphorn Studio (Sydney University). Most recently they were given a theatre production residency at The Banff Centre and were invited by the National Arts Centre (Canada) to be part of the Collaborations project.
They are currently based in both Australia and Canada, working on international co-production models, to expand their international touring, and to develop new audiences for their work particularly in their home countries.
WORK WITH METRO ARTS //
2017 Co Presentation of The Bluebird Mechanicals