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SPK ‘Falling Man’

Thomas Small has been creating dance work now for more than a decade with his company Smallpetitklein based in Dundee in the North of Scotland.

‘Falling Man’ marks their first excursion into the crowded world of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and draws its inspiration from an infamous photograph taken by Associated Press photographer Richard Drew during the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11 2001.

During our interview we spoke to both Thomas Small and dancer Tom Pritchard about the work, tackling a difficult subject matter and how audiences here and in New York reacted to the piece.

The company say this much

“Fresh from performances in New York City, award-winning choreographer Thomas Small presents his hauntingly beautiful new work Falling Man. Inspired by Richard Drew’s series of photographs capturing a man falling from the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks. Combining text and storytelling to deliver an inherently emotive piece of dance theatre.”

‘Falling Man’ forms part of a triple bill the company has available for touring. Check their website for further details and future performances. Following the EFF they will be touring to local venues around Scotland.

The work is performed by Tom Pritchard with choreography by Thomas Small and music by Max Richter.

Interview conducted by Susan Cunningham.

This performance was filmed on August 19 2011 at DanceBase in Edinburgh as part of their ‘Home of Dance’ season for the Fringe.

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Production of this video was supported in part by Arts Council England.