Seven Falls

Seven Falls
Part of TwoFold: a festival of duet performance
Saturday 27 May, 3pm

Meet at Chisenhale Dance Space entrance at 3pm. 


Seven Falls
a duet by Karen Christopher & Teresa Brayshaw

Seven Falls is an outdoor performance sited next to a body of water (a river, lake or sea), for an audience of passersby as well as an assembled one. The piece concerns our preoccupations with safety and the underlying assumptions and reactions instilled by continuous danger and risk assessments. It includes a series of dedications, devotions offered to the struggle of life and the passing of generations. Concerned with water and gravity, the performance is otherworldly, involves song, has rhythm, and is intended to take your breath on holiday. With a light touch it coaxes out the institutionalised dread and fear that constant disaster preparedness brings.

Seven Falls integrates local professional and non-professional performers, and for Twofold will include the participation of: the DASH student group (ages 7-11), choreographed with the support of Robyn Holder of Feet of the Ground Dance (and CDS Education facilitator); and attendees of a free two-day workshop for trained & untrained performers held at CDS in the week before the public performance.

Seven Falls was performed in 2011 at GIFT (Gateshead), in 2013 at ACT (Bilbao) and in 2015 at Experimentica (Cardiff). Seven Falls forms part of The Difference Between Home and Poem: a duet series. Each project in the series is jointly made, directed and performed by Karen Christopher and another artist.

A free workshop involves local artists in the creation of new work to be presented within Seven Falls. Information here.

Performer Biographies: 

Teresa Brayshaw is a teacher, a writer, a theatre maker and a Feldenkrais practitioner. She currently works part of her time as a Principal Lecturer and Head of Cultural Partnerships in the School of Film Music and Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett University. Her practice involves performing, directing, collaborating and setting up local, regional and international partnerships. She is working towards establishing a centre for wellbeing, performance development and happiness.

Karen Christopher is a collaborative performance maker, performer, and teacher. Her company, Haranczak/Navarre Performance Projects, is engaged in the dynamics of collaboration. Her practice includes listening for the unnoticed, the almost invisible, and the very quiet. She was a member of the Chicago-based performance group Goat Island for 20 years until the group disbanded in 2009.


Nick Murray is a producer, composer, writer and sound artist. His work includes instrumental performance, site specific installation, score for film, and theatrical production. For Seven Falls, Nick has drawn on and repurposed the sonic environment of the canal, performing a semi-improvised piece for viola and archival recording.

DASH Students from our Children’s Creative Movement Classes.


Line Producer: Katy Baird

Photo Credit: Warren Orchard