“Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.” – The Sandman Vol. 6, Fables and Reflections (Neil Gaiman)
The rules of gravity need not apply.
FALL is about finding the places where anything is possible…where the stage, and the audience, is anywhere and everywhere.
FALL is about creating a universe in which super heroes exist. Blurring the lines between art and life, flying and falling…
FALL is a contemporary dance company using all of the instruments at our disposal to create art that both inspires and entertains. By incorporating aerial dance (hanging from the ceiling), site specific work (drawing inspiration from the surrounding environment), more traditional dance elements (where we usually, though not always, have at least one foot on the ground), and collaborations with other artists and genres, FALL moves in all dimensions of space to make innovative, exciting, and unexpected art.
Upon arriving in Nashville, Rebekah founded FALL, Nashville’s first aerial and contemporary dance company. Drawing on her multi-disciplinary background, Rebekah’s work blends classical and contemporary dance with a mix of aerial fabric and invented structures, examining how the use of various apparatus’ can provide a broader range of movement possibilities, opportunities to explore more dimensions in space, and challenging dancers to experience gravity and their own physicality in new ways.
In addition to directing FALL, Rebekah is currently a company member with Company Rose, the ballet program director at Ann Carroll School of Dance, a guest instructor for New Dialect’s Contemporary Cross-Training Series, and a resident artist with abrasiveMedia.
Luke Davis began dance lessons at age seven at Kendi’s School of Dance in Weatherford, Oklahoma with Kendi Brown-Wampler, but began his serious ballet training at age 12 with Penny Askew at the Western Oklahoma Ballet Academy in Clinton, Oklahoma. As a pre-professional, he was a member of Western Oklahoma Ballet Theatre for six seasons, 2004-2010, performing feature and lead roles in many ballets. He studied intensively at multiple summer programs such as the Joffrey Ballet School in New York and Joffrey Midwest, and received scholarships to study at the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensives in Detroit and New York, the Glenda Brown Choreography Project, and Pacific Northwest Ballet’s, Ballet Austin’s, and Nashville Ballet’s summer programs. Luke danced with Tulsa Ballet II from 2010-2012, and performed with the main company in several major ballets, including Marcello Angelini’s “The Nutcracker”, John Cranko’s “Taming of the Shrew”, and the world premier of Edwaard Liang’s “Romeo and Juliet.” He danced with Nashville Ballet II for the 2012-2013 season, and toured Austria with The Remix Company in June 2013. He is currently an artist with New Dialect and FALL researching dance and movement.
MaryRuth Isbell was born and raised in Summertown, TN. She moved to Nashville the summer of 2008 to attend Nashville Ballet. October of 2012 she was invited to join New Dialect where she explored techniques such as Gaga, Alexander, Limon, Foresythe, Countertechnique, and many more. She has attended various summer programs, such as ADF and Hubbard Street. MaryRuth was invited to join FALL in October of 2013, continues to study with New Dialect, and will also be graduating high school in the summer of 2014.
Allison Little is a native of Franklin, TN and started dancing at the young age of 3. She got exposure at an early age to competitions, professional ballets, and Broadway musicals which helped give her the drive she now has as a professional performer and teacher. After earning her BFA in Performing Arts with an emphasis in Dance from Western Kentucky University she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her performing career. While there she trained at The EDGE Performing Arts Center and Millennium Dance Complex. Continuing to grow not only as a dancer, but as an actress as well Allison got to work on some feature films and shows like, The Prestige, Ocean’s 13, The Comebacks, and Boston Legal. Allison loves performing in every genre of entertainment but her true passion is theatre and live performance. Some of her favorite theatre credits include, The Broadway National Tour of CATS ’09-’10 & ’10-’11, A Chorus Line, All Shook Up, Sweeney Todd, Guys and Dolls, Nunsense, Silk Stockings, and most recently a new Broadway bound musical The Nutty Professor, directed by Jerry Lewis himself! Allison has had the opportunity to work with some of the top choreographers and directors in the nation like Travis Payne, Keith Young, Lisa Shriver, Tony G., Joann Hunter, Lee Martino, Richard Stafford, Gillian Lynne, and Kristen Blodgette. Allison is excited to be a new company member of FALL! She is thrilled to use her talents for not only dance, but for the aerialist components as well. It is challenging and exciting to create new movement that incorporates both dance and aerial work. When Allison is not performing she teaches and choreographs at Belmont University and other studios around Nashville. Visit her website at www.allisonlittle.com for additional credits, photos, and videos.
Native to Nashville, Kasey Lowry received her early training at Nashville Ballet and Vanderbilt School of Dance. She has spent summers at The Ailey School, Charleston Ballet, and American Dance Festival. Kasey holds a degrees in Dance Studies and Industrial Design from Appalachian State University where she performed original student and faculty work around the state, as well as choreographing her own works. She has been cast in commercial work for American Picker’s, Applebeee’s, and Appalachian State. Last year, Kasey danced and created original costumes for Laura Valentine’s full evening choreography project “The Veneer” (RAW performing arts award recipient) and continues to work with Laura on new projects. Kasey is also a certified yoga instructor and freelance designer. She is excited to spend her first season dancing with FALL!
Becca Place began her dance training at the Makaroff School of Ballet in her hometown, Appleton, Wisconsin. She continued her training working as a soloist with the Fox Valley Youth Ballet Theatre and studying with the Milwaukee Ballet School for several summers. She attended UNC School of the Arts where she studied under Nigel Burley, Ethan Stiefel, and Nina Danilova. She had the opportunity to work with Martine VanHamel at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center before graduating high school from UNCSA as a dance major. She worked as an apprentice with the Montgomery Ballet before moving to Nashville to work as a second company member at Nashville Ballet. There, she began work with Banning Bouldin and was featured in Bouldin’s works, Anthem and Ritual. She joined New Dialect under Bouldin’s direction in June 2013, and participates in New Dialect’s Contemporary Cross-Training. Through CCTS and Abrasive Media she began studying aerial fabric and joined FALL in September 2013.
Herb Bailey (writer/spoken word poet)
Marsha Barsky (choreographer)
Jessica Cavender (dancer/photographer/visual & multi-media artist)
Andrew Collins (composer)
Robert Cortner (metal sculptor)
Laura Fenwick (photographer/visual artist)
Robbie Lynn Hunsinger (multi-instrumentalist/multi-media artist/improvisor/composer)
Andrew Krichels (choreographer/event coordinator)
David Landry (painter)
Kelly Landry (costume designer/lighting designer)
Nichole Marie Lim (makeup artist/hair stylist)
Tavius Marshall (writer/spoken word poet)
Mitch Massaro (lighting designer)
Bill Rios (photographer/multi-media artist)
Kent Smith (composer)
Jesse Strauss (percussionist/composer)
Roger Wiesmeyer (multi-instrumentalist)