Slow Falls (2011)

By no means monumental, the marks seem instead to linger in space with a kind of lightness and transience… They intervene in the disappearance of the performance I have described in order to take a stand for the time marked and work performed.

—Joy Kristin Kalu in Embodying, Repeating, and Working-Through

Slow Falls is a work for three dancers who mark increasingly slow descents down a building exterior. Each dancer completes four falls over the course of 100 minutes — the shortest lasting 5 minutes, the longest 50. 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.


Performance History

Movement Research Festival (June 2011). Gowanus, Brooklyn.

Fleet Moves Festival (July 2012). farm project space and gallery, Wellfleet, MA.

Hemispheric Institute Encuentro (January 2013). SESC Vila Mariana, São Paulo, Brazil.



Embodying, Repeating, and Working-Through/ Joy Kristin Kalu (in Performing Arts in Transition. Routledge, 2018)

TV cultura interview (January 10, 2013)

Veja São Paulo festival preview (January 10, 2013)

Colectivos ES3, Brazil (January 12, 2013)

Were I So Besotted/ Iviva Olnik (June 5, 2011)



Slow Falls at the Movement Research Festival (2011)

Slow Falls at Hemispheric Institute Encuentro/ SESC (São Paulo 2013)