Paul Hurley: I Fall To Pieces
Paul Hurley presents a new work exploring formal interests in abstract movement and performance action, and personal experiences of grief. I fall to pieces comprises a single male figure dancing to Patsy Cline records in an otherwise empty space. The performer is unclothed, untrained (in dance), unrehearsed (for the piece or for death), and has his eyes closed throughout. There is no dialogue, no props, and no choreography beyond the simple score of ‘moving / not moving’.
I fall to pieces is inspired by the recent loss of a friend, and by the surges and ripples of pain, love and energy that follow. It is a meditation on the repetition of multiple past losses, as well as those to come. It ventures to the line between life and death, and teeters on that between courage and shame.