In June of 1940 Jean Paul Sartre became a prisoner of war. For three weeks Simone De Beauvoir had no news of him. Finally on 11 July she received a note written in pencil confirming he was alive, but heard nothing more til mid October. As part of Dance Anywhere 2014 I made a video piece in Leipzig to be shown on the sails of a boat in a harbour in Barcelona and then live streamed back to me in Leipzig. The work is about distance, silence, fear, balance; and how we deal with adversity. The title is a line from the last existing letter that De Beauvoir wrote to Sartre 14 March 1941 before he returned to Paris a free man at the end of the month.

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