April 6 | Brendan Fernandes: Free Fall 49, presented in partnership with UNT CVAD, 5 - 8 PM
Artist Talk 5 PM, Performance 6 - 8 PM
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
For this First Friday event at the Greater Denton Arts Council, artist Brendan Fernandes presents Free Fall 49, a dance, sculptural, and performance work that reflects on the mass shooting that occurred at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016.
For two hours, a collective body of dancers will fall 49 times, once for every victim lost in this tragedy. This work engages the falling body as a metaphor for queer politics in an attempt to understand brutality and offer sanctuary. It acts as a memorial to the men and women at Pulse, whose appearance and culture were at a charged intersection of race, gender, and sexuality. Here the metaphor of falling includes the perseverance of getting back up, and defiance in the face of perceived defeat.