Extended Falls to Humanity

A choreographic installation with citizens at its center

The fall is a strong image of the confidence we as citizens must constantly mobilize, not least when voting and letting the ballot fall into the ballot box. It is vulnerable to be a body in a city. There is an inspirational perspective in that the choreographer Tina Tarpgaard tours this site-specific installation in various town halls and encourages people to actively refelct on their dreams and fears relating to their future.

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Extended Falls to Humanity is a choreographed installation that engages the citizen and takes place at the local town hall of the hosting municipality

The piece puts the citizens at the center, telling the story of their hopes and fears for the future of their community.

To prepare the public presentation, recoil performance group will explore the municipality and its inhabitants in a series of encounters. Based on their stories, recoil will then create an installation that allows everyone to experience the local town hall in an entirely new way. Supported by  video and audio technology, four performers will articulate a choreographic visual and musical mapping of the surrounding community. An installation tailored to the individual town hall’s architecture, where the dancers, the local community and even the spectators’ own bodies all become an integral piece of the work.

Extended Falls to Humanity is about people – and about being human in the community where the performance takes place, providing a poetic framework for reflection and critical thinking. A physical, visual and musical rediscovery of the local community and the local town hall. A piece, where the citizens are not merely spectators, but also contributors.

Extended Falls to Humanity is the third and final part of THE MEMBRANE PROJECT. The first two parts are; s I collapse (2017), Mass-bloom explorations (2018). Together they forma series of works that challenge our notions about people and being human.



Previously performed:
Ringkøbing-Skjern Townhall 1 – 3 April 2019
Elsinore Townhall, 19 May 2019
Copenhagen Townhall, 28 – 29 2019

Choreographer: Tina Tarpgaard
Dance artist: Emilie Gregersen, Marlene Bonnesen, Hilde I Sandvold, Karin Bergman
Lighting designer: Andreas Buhl
Installation design: Andreas Buhl and Tina Tarpgaard
Composition and sound design: Lars Greve, Mads Forsby
Sound designer and technician: Mikkel Larsen
Producer: Carlos Calvo
Production manager: Dorte Wium
Communication and PR: Ida Fredericia
Writer: Ida Marie Hede
Graphics, film, photos: Søren Meisner
Statistics: Janne Tarpgaard

Supported by: Danish Arts Council, Bikuben Fonden, Wilhelm Hansen Fonden, Oticon Fonden, Dansk Komponist Forening/KODA, Augustinus Fonden, The City of Copenhagen and SNYK
Co-Producer: Dansehallerne



Extended Falls to Humanity is the third and final part of THE MEMBRANE PROJECT – a trilogy of works that focuses on the human and non-human body in a choreographic context. THE MEMBRANE PROJECT as a whole, aims to prompt alternative thoughts about the future, while also offering a critique of current practices.
Whereas the first two works in the series had microscopic algae and mealworms as the central actors of the performances, Extended Falls to Humanity points the finger back to our own species: Homo sapiens.

The work focuses on the human body inside the structures of the communities, that surround us. Structures that are human-made through tradition and innovation alike. In other words, it’s about the body in the political space. Therefore, the work is presented in a political space – in town halls.

In Extended Falls to Humanity, the citizen’s presence and participation is the main focal point. Conversations are facilitated with a focus on the idea of conversation as such, while also encouraging speculation about our common future. By also focusing on the citizen’s bodily presence, the work wishes to point out the differences between being a citizen and being a body – the citizen as the identity-bearing and rights-bearing individual, in opposition to the physical singularity of the body.

The focus on the embodied experience becomes concrete through the initial fall into the performance’s scenography of foam. The fall – the moment of floating when something is at stake – is  a focal point, because it so precisely points to both the strength and the vulnerability of our bodily existence. Also, the resting body and during the final Silent Disco event, the dancing body will be present in the installation as a manifestation of alternative ways of experiencing the body.