We All Fall Down

Hwa Wei-An

Hi, my name is Wei-An, and I’m a dancer.

I dance, because I’m fidgety.  And because I want to be cool.    

Dance first caught my attention because of Scouts; we tried to learn cool  moves to impress the girls at the Scout Campfires, none of which I ever attended. Whatever it was, it didn’t stop my interest in dance, and I went on to study in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and later worked in Frontier Danceland (both in Singapore) for  four years.    

Now, I’m an independent artist. Besides contemporary work, I’m a pretty big fan of what I call street movement cultures; breakin’ and hip-hop, tricking, parkour and freerunning, and all that cool stuff you see on YouTube. Some of these I practice, some I just dabble in, but all of them inspire me.

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Photo by Nicholas Chung.

Photo by Nicholas Chung.

Taken in May 2019, at Bishan Park in Singapore, with a Sony A7III.

Taken in May 2019, at Bishan Park in Singapore, with a Sony A7III.

We All Fall Down

Everyone falls. Some people, though, do it on purpose.

Hence The Art of Falling; a means of finding freedom, learning to fall so that it is possible to learn to fly.

It's not just about falling down, though. It's about connecting to the fact that everyone falls down, everyone fails, in one way or another. And everyone needs to find a way back up again. So how can work be made that relates to this question, that inspires, or helps, or simply, provides some form of catharsis? What can dance do to make a difference?

There's no doubt that we all fall down: but that’s just the beginning.

The Art of Falling

The Art of Falling is a practice that starts functional, and then becomes entertaining. It begins with ideas on how to fall well, both in and out of dance, and then takes these concepts and transforms them into a method of creating movement that is exciting to watch and deeply engaging to perform.

Eventually, the work becomes acrobatic, allowing practitioners to learn dangerous movements safely, while finding off-balance angles and lines ever easier to tap into as the fear of falling disappears, and becomes an art.

The Art of Falling  at the Echo Echo Dance Festival 2018 in Derry, Northern Ireland. Photo by Simon Alleyne.

The Art of Falling at the Echo Echo Dance Festival 2018 in Derry, Northern Ireland. Photo by Simon Alleyne.