The Lowry, 14 January 2011
A young woman descends from the sky like a wounded angel.
She feels the ground underneath her soles as a throbbing ache, she walks on fire. Her body, her very breath, is a burden when she comes to contemplate all that she has lost.
Fallen is an enchanting work of theatre that uses circus skills (acrobatics, above all) along with dance to tell a story, a story of imprisonment, loss and detention. It could be described as ballet + or perhaps ‘hypermodern’ dance. In this latter conceptualisation, Vicki Amedume, founder and artistic director of Upswing, choreographer and performer of Fallen, would take the role of Richard Reti, innovator and artistic genius.
If you are seeking a theatrical experience that is transporting, immersive and replenishing, then Fallen is prescribed. And there is not only the spectacle of the story on stage; Jules Maxwell’s score is splendid too.