The Beauty of Falling Apart

Choreographers/dancers Heather Ware and Hilde Elbers share a deep rooted passion for the outdoors, for nature. They are intrigued by the moment when the power of nature turns from liberating to threatening, when our own insignificance is put to the test and the drive for survival takes over. This exposure requires us to find our own safety.

Departing from this shared theme, Hilde and Heather created two radically different solos for each other, with Heather dancing in Hilde’s work and Hilde in Heather’s work. At the moment that the solos began to find their shape, both felt the need to make the works more than a sum of their parts. What would happen if these two realities were brought into contact with each other? How does our understanding of what someone is experiencing change when another is present, and how does this presence affect our empathic potential?

The Beauty of Falling Apart is an uncanny and yet seductively precise exercise in how two individuals strive to find trust, to inhabit the thin edge of being ‘just safe enough.’

Picture: William van der Voort.


Concept and performance: Hilde Elbers, Heather Ware
Music: Arthur van der Kuip
Light design: Ellen Knops
Dramaturgy: Anne-Marije van den Bersselaar & Moos van den Broek
Costume styling: Lotte Milder
Special thanks to: Nederlandse Dansdagen (NL), ICK Amsterdam, LeineRoebana, Rozemarijn de Neve.

The Beauty of Falling Apart is a co-production of DansBrabant and Podium Bloos with the support of the Performing Arts Residency program of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (CA) and the city of Breda.