Theater Emory's "Free/Fall" Explores the Extraordinary Motion of the Cosmos

Detail from set design by Leslie Taylor

March 13, 2014

Theater Emory's "Free/Fall: Explorations of Inner and Outer Space," a collaboration with the Emory Dance Program, premieres April 3 in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater on Emory University¿s campus.

"We were looking for a place for both theater and dance to land, a topic that could accommodate both text and movement," explains Akers. "I was in the middle of rehearsal of another project when, during a break, we all watched the live coverage of Felix Baumgartner¿s jump from 24 miles up in space. This event stayed with me and kept returning as an idea for a new project."

"Free Fall" not only investigates the notion of why we take risks and sometimes follow what might be perceived as reckless impulses, but looks out into the ever-expanding universe, taking on human nature, relationships, flight, and how very much like the forces of the cosmos we can be.

This performance project features a company of sixteen professional and student dancers, actors, writers and risk-takers and brings together a team of directors, choreographers, and designers to explore the extraordinary motion of the cosmos.  Theater Emory Artistic Director Janice Akers leads the project, along with choreographers and Dance Program faculty Lori Teague and George Staib. Composer Kendall Simpson contributes original music and sound design, with set and costumes by Leslie Taylor.

"Free Fall: Explorations of Inner and Outer Space" runs April 3 ¿ 13 in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater. Performances are April 3 ¿ 5 and April 9 ¿ 12 at 7 p.m., and April 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. Tickers are $20 general admission, $16 discount category members, $6 Emory students, and are available by calling the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050 or visiting


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