Adieu celebrates the life and work of Derek Jarman (1942-1994), the filmmaker, director, painter, gardener, activist and writer, 25 after his death. 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 and Corali Dance Company will transport you to a place that exists between a flowering sea, a nuclear garden and a primary coloured dream.


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

The role of Derek Jarman performed by Bethan Kendrick, Jackie Ryan, Paul Davidson, Housni (DJ) Hassan, Veneshia Bailey, Danny Smith, Daniel Hay-Gordon & Eleanor Perry

Design: Tim Spooner

Music: Karlheinz Stockhausen

Film: Daniel Hay-Gordon

Photos by Rosie Powell & Jon Archdeacon