34 Boar Lane,
Leeds, LS1 5DA
On 11th, September, 2018 I will have lived as long in a post 9/11 world as I had lived before it. Now 17 years after the events that unfolded on that day, this durational performance work looks to observe and commemorate the impact and aftermath of September 11, 2001 from social, political and anthropological perspective. We are now at a time in history where the first humans to be born after 11.09.01 are entering into adulthood. For this new generation of adults the events of 9/11 is a history not of their own but one that they have inherited. This performance mourns the loss of my own innocence at the age of 17 and the loss of every millennial of my generation who remembers where they where when 9/11 unfolded. Free Fall offers us the time to revisit the mass trauma of the day as it unfolded in 2001, whilst also looking forward to the possible futures of the next 17 years that will shape and guide the journey of this new emergent generation of adults who did not live through, or have no memory of 9/11. Free Fall uses archival audio recordings from the Howard Stren Show (recorded on the day in, New York) and is accompanied by a set of performance actions carried out by two performers (Adam Young & Lydia Cottrell). The performers circumnavigate space, blindfolded, listening to radios tuning in and out as they try and fail to keep balance and to keep order. The content of the performance, and the audio broadcast within, is graphic and raw and may be difficult for some audience members to be witness to. This performance is intended to be respectful, contemplative and thought provoking, but may also be a trigger for traumas associated with 9/11.