HOW TO FALL APART

An AMOC* Production
 
Composed by CAROLYN CHEN
 
JULIA EICHTEN, dancer
KEIR GOGWILT, violinist
COLEMAN ITZKOFF, cellist
YIANNIS LOGOTHETIS*, dancer
MATILDA SAKAMOTO*, dancer
 
Movement Direction by JULIA EICHTEN
Lighting Design by MARY ELLEN STEBBINS
Costume Design by VICTORIA BEK
 
Developed at Baryshnikov Arts Center and The Lumberyard
 
Our first collaboration with Carolyn ChenHow to Fall Apart describes cosmic, natural, and human processes of disintegration, aging, and falling apart. This evening-length work for three dancers, one violinist, and one cellist integrates text, gesture, and music, building upon Chen’s long-standing compositional work “in which sensuality and abstraction find common ground” (LA Times). How to Fall Apart unfolds as various assemblages of sound, movement, and storytelling cohere, dissolve, and reform, telling personal and scientific stories about the climate crisis, cosmological history, the erosion of soil in Northern Chad, the aging body, The Billion Oyster Project in New York, and the operations of microbes.
 
Special thanks to Or Schraiber and Jay Campbell for contributing to early workshops of the piece, as well as to Justin Decatur, Suzanne Thorpe, George Gwilt, and Dea Lou Schraiber.
 
*denotes special guest artist

Premiered at Ojai Music Festival, CA, June 2022

Performed at Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYC, February 2023

Production images by Josh S Rose

"While “How to Fall Apart” looks unflinchingly at climate change, inherent in the theme is something close to hope."

Other Press*

Critic’s Notebook  / New York Times

Editor’s Picks  /  T Magazine

W Magazine

The Cut

Gallery*

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