Artist / associated organization
We All Fall Down
We All Fall Down (WAFD) is a non-profit organization that supports and promotes creation, research, presentation and innovation in dance, music, theatre and interdisciplinary arts. Founded in December 2019, WAFD formalizes the 20-year collaboration between choreographer Helen Simard and composer Roger White. Under their artistic co-direction, the company has made the performing arts a site for experimentation and risk-taking, allowing the deconstruction and reinvention of the body and the ways it interconnects with time and space, as much for the performer as the spectator. In their interdisciplinary creations, the body is a speaking, dancing, singing, musical entity, at once impulsive, vulnerable, hybrid, vigorous, dislocated, thirsting, emotional.
WAFD is currently overseeing several projects by the two artistic directors and their guest collaborators. Helen Simard is the artist-in-residence at the Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal for 2019-2021, as part of its Interdisciplinary Writers’ Lab. She is taking this opportunity to write her first play, When Your Baby Dies. Roger White is the artist-in residence at the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts for 2019-2020, as part of its Jewish Arts Mentorship program. He is developing an interdisciplinary work entitled Because You Never Asked, which explores the experiences of his grandmother, who fled Germany in 1939 as a refugee.
« Dirigé par la talentueuse Helen Simard et son acolyte Roger White, Créations interdisciplinaires nous tombons tous/We All Fall Down Interdisciplinary Creations (WAFD) multiplie les projets multidisciplinaires depuis sa création en décembre 2019. J’ai eu le plaisir d’accompagner l’organisme à son incorporation avant son arrivée à Diagramme. Parmi les 8 réponses de subvention reçues depuis, 7 d’entre elles ont obtenu une réponse favorable. WAFD obtient déjà une reconnaissance et s’implante rapidement dans le milieu. J’aime être complice de leur stratégie et côtoyer leur intelligence »
- Guylaine Savoie, 2021