Too Close to the Sun

Is an innovative interdisciplinary performance making company creating and touring work in both Australia and Canada. The key founding artists, Talya Rubin (performer/devisor) and Nick James (director/co-devisor), are a husband and wife team who work with collaborators at the forefront of their fields in sound, set, video and object design.

Too Close to the Sun is committed to making revelatory, inventive work about what is alive, hidden and urgent. They make installation theatre works, both small and large scale, that bring together vivid and intensely original visuals and aesthetics with new writing, making meaning in ways that are uncomfortable and challenging.


Talya Rubin (Devisor/Writer/Performer) is a Montreal born, Australian made writer, performer and creator of new work for live performance. She has toured with her original solo shows, Ariadne’s ThreadThe Girl With No Hands and Of the Causes of Wonderful Things to festivals in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Montreal, Prague and Toronto. Her most recent work was seen at Brisbane Festival, Performance Space, Arts House, Brisbane Powerhouse, Uno Festival and Théâtre La Chapelle. As a poet, Talya won the National Bronwen Wallace award for poetry for the most promising Canadian writer under the age of 35. Most recently, she was short listed for the Montreal International Poetry Prize. Her first book of poetry, Leaving The Island was released through Véhicule Press in April 2015.

Nick James (Co-devisor/Director) is a writer and film director born in Chile from Australian parents. Nick directed and co-devised Of The Causes of Wonderful Things. His short films have been screened at festivals in Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Romania, Chile, Argentina, Ukraine, the United States, Canada and Australia He was awarded two grants one from the Australian Film Commission and one from Film Victoria to travel to represent his film at the Stuttgart Film Winter Festival for Expanded Media and the Castro Theatre as part of the San Francisco International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. His most recent Short “Complexe’ was filmed in Quebec and is in post-production. He is currently also in post-production for a new short film, "2016" and is co-writing a feature film with Talya.