Premiere: Trinity-St. Paul's United Church and Centre for Faith, Justice & the Arts, July 2018
The body hurtles through space, collapses, gives in to gravity. We land, we crash. This is the choreographic language of The Fall, an original, site-specific dance for fifteen performers. The Fall explores the battle to stay upright, the influence of gravity, exhaustion, control and loss of control. Choreography involves a massive, thick crash mat. This is the story of our relationship with the speed of life. At the edge of the abyss, do we fly or do we fall? The Fall premiered at Toronto Fringe 2018, and was later performed at In Situ 2018 in the Small Arms Inspection Building in Mississauga.
Molly Johnson, who reviewed the Fall for the Dance Current in 2018, had this to say about the work:
"Snell has a long history of presenting site-specific and environment responsive work, and this was my first time experiencing her craft in action. I use the word craft because it was so measured and clear. From the opening solo, performed with such vivid curiosity by Sydney McManus (who I now have a dance crush on), to well into the halfway point of the work, I was held captive by Snell’s deliberate rendering of human response."
Concept: Colleen Snell
Dancers & Collaborators: Alvin Collantes (Fringe), Sydney McManus (Fringe), Philippe Poirier (In Situ), Colleen Snell (In Situ), Rohan Dhupar (Fringe), Frances Samson, JT Papandreos, Justin Fraser, Morgyn Aronyk-Schell, Claire Whitaker, Clarke Blair, Gwendolyn Mitchell, Sarah Flack (Fringe), Aria Evans, Jarrett Siddall (In Situ), Clarke Blair, Hannah Shikatani, Amanda Pye (In Situ), Micha Baltman
Original Text & Sound: Colleen Snell
Costumes: Noelle Hamlyn
Crash mats: Gotta Dance, Cawthra Park Secondary School
The Ontario Arts Council, Port Credit Community Foundation, folks at the Fringe Festival, Trinity-St Paul's, the Small Arms Society, In Situ 2018 volunteers, Cawthra Park Secondary School, Gotta Dance.