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I just wanted to be alone with her

Time tracks life, death and the in-between, often quiet, often still.

‘I just wanted to be alone with her’ is a new chamber work on the physical, ethical and emotional resonances of the life of an elderly woman, living on her own, who collapses during a heatwave.

The 2017 January heatwave frames the work which is deeply personal. The aged are often unseen, unheard. Of all shock climate events, heatwaves are the most lethal. With an ageing population and many living alone, I hope we begin to see, hear and listen for our elderly neighbours.

Michelle St Anne, Kate Gorman and musician Mary Rapp merge with field recordings conducted by the Sydney Environment Institute of people living in extreme heat. The work explores the fusion of image, voice and sound and what it is to die alone.