Live acts of falling in performance give form to the unseen force of gravity which is behind each initiation of our every earthly movement. In Re-examining the Inevitable Rise, Blakeley White-McGuire, Principal Dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company for over a decade, interweaves reflections on technical falling practices within the canon of historical Modern dance with those practices of present day Contemporary dance performance. Through her embodied and internalized understanding of the kinesthetic risk involved with truly physically falling in performance, she delves into the relationship between technique as a means of successful execution and the existential quality of energy that emerges from the personal experience of performing a universal metaphor. Whether through somatic awareness, existential relationship or metaphor, falling provides a necessary construct to practice recovery.
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