Past Show: Free Fall by Adam Young @ 34 Boar Lane

17 years on from the tragic events at the World Trade Center, New York, Adam Young presented Free Fall, a performance exploring the personal and societal fall out from the attacks on September 11th.

On Tuesday 11th September 2018 Adam, alongside fellow performer Lydia Cottrell, could be witnessed blindfolded, circumnavigating the space, listening to radios tuning in and out, all the while trying (and often failing) to keep balance and order.

Respectful, contemplative and thought-provoking, Free Fall also addressed traumatic images and audio (such as archival audio recordings from the Howard Stern Show (recorded on the day in, New York)) making it a harrowing experience for some audience members.


In the lead up to the performance, Adam explained the premise of the show, “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 were when 9/11 unfolded.


“Free Fall offers us the time to revisit the mass trauma of the day as it unfolded in 2001, while 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.”

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