Ria Hartley

Fall Piece


Fall piece is a live one-to-one performance that isolates and repeats a fall down a flight of stairs which occurred during a domestic violent situation in 2001. During a police enquiry the protagonist in the action claimed the fall was accidental, where I claimed to be deliberately pushed. As there were no witnesses the case was closed. The piece recounts the event 2 minutes before the fall, describing the situation, environment and circumstance between myself and the protagonist. At the exact moment where the description leads to the fall, I fall, leaving the audience to decide between accident or incident.

In the repetition of this action, each audience becomes witness to the same event, allowing my voice to be considered in the silencing of the Law.

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