Adieu celebrates the life and work of Derek Jarman, the filmmaker, director, painter, gardener, activist and writer who died 25 years ago this year. During his last years, while losing his eyesight, health and loved ones because of AIDS, he created some of his most important and insightful works, and brought a garden of colour and life to the stony landscape of Dungeness. 


The work is set to Stockhausen’s 'Adieu', a wind quintet he created after the death of a friend's young child. Inspired by the strict composition of paintings by Piet Mondrian, Stockhausen's score is based on the Fibonacci sequence. 'Adieu' is a reflection on the transience of experience, the order of nature and the beauty of innocence.


Thick & Tight created this work with Corali Dance Company and first performed it in April 2019 at The Place, London.

Designed by Tim Spooner.