Slow Falls is a work for four dancers who mark increasingly slow descents down a building exterior. The dancers mark their “falls” with colored tape, leaving a record of their movement and becoming for a time a new element in the movement and architecture of the environment. Each dancer completes four falls over the course of 100 minutes — the shortest lasting 5 minutes, the longest 50.
The work brings together elements of sculpture, painting, performance art, and dance. Dance training allows the performers to make micro-adjustments to stimulus of environment, adjusting the shape of the work to meet the terrain of the performance space. Structurally, the piece is designed such that the falls cannot be executed without passing the weight of the body through the wall, literally collaborating with the physical environment to complete the work.