Fallen (and I can't get up)

Physical Theatre
Created and performed by Alan PARKER | Dramaturgy by Gavin KRASTIN | Costume design and construction by Shiba SOPOTELA

After a successful run at the 2024 National Arts Festival, “Fallen (and I can’t get up) comes to Cape Town. The work playfully and poignantly explores the notion of a ‘comfort zone’ – those literal and figurative spaces we retreat to when we feel threatened or when we need to feel safe. As a performer, the floor has always been a kind of ‘comfort zone’ for me. As a younger choreographer, I loved working on the floor – rolling, sliding, and tumbling around. However, now as an older performer, I find myself making work that engages less and less with the floor. “Fallen (and I can’t get up)” considers our changing relationships with our various comfort zones and safe spaces and considers how these necessary spaces might hinder rather than hold us, and what we might need to do when our spaces of solace no longer do what they are meant to do.

Photographs by Shalom Mushwana

Alan Parker is a performer, choreographer and dramaturg based in Makhanda, where he also works as a senior lecturer in the Rhodes University Drama department. Alan has presented a range of work at various festivals and platforms over the last two decades, including the National Arts Festival in Makhanda, the Dance Umbrella in Johannesburg, the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees in Oudtshoorn, the Cape Town Fringe and the Live Art Festival in Cape Town. He has been a recipient of a Standbank Ovation Award (for Detritus for one in 2015), a Silver Ovation Award (for Sacre for one in 2016) as well as a Fringe Fresh Award in 2016.