We All Fall Down (WAFD) is a non-profit organization that supports and promotes creation, research, presentation and innovation in dance, music and theatre, through interdisciplinary artistic propositions. 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, musical entity, at once impulsive, vulnerable, hybrid, vigorous, dislocated, and emotional.
Helen Simard is a choreographer who has been working since 2000 in Tiohtiá:ke, or Montréal. After working with Solid State Breakdance for twelve years, an artist collective that combined street and contemporary dance, and participating in the creation of nine shows, she switched gears in 2012 to lead her own artistic projects. Helen Simard collaborates with musicians and dancers to create raw, visceral interdisciplinary shows, including On the Subject of Compassion (2011), Can You Hear Me? (2017) and Dance Side of the Moon (2018). She uses the codes and aesthetics of rock music, creating lively, interactive, performances that challenge the conventions of stage dance forms. For 6 years, her research was focused on the icon of American punk rock, Iggy Pop. Inspired by the music, persona, and cathartic dances of this legendary performer, she created a hallucinatory trilogy of works — No Fun (2014), Idiot (2017), and Requiem Pop (2019). Helen is currently artist in residence at Playwrights's Workshop Montréal for the 2019-2021 season, through their interdisciplinary writers lab. She is using this opportunity to write her first play, When Your Baby Dies. A graduate of the BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University (2000), Helen Simard also holds a MA in Dance from UQAM (2014).
Roger White is a musician, composer, and record producer from Tiohtiá:ke, or Montréal. He is a member of the Power Pop outfit Dead Messenger, whose music has been featured in several television and web-streaming services, as well as in the critically acclaimed French language film Chien de garde. Roger worked as co-producer and session player with Kingston Allstars, a project featuring an all-star cast of Jamaican musicians who were at the vanguard of early Rocksteady and Reggae music. The project produced two albums and a web documentary. He also composes music for dance. Roger was an artist in residency at the Segal Centre for Performing arts for their 2019-2020 season, through the Jewish Arts Mentorship program. He used this opportunity to begin research for an interdisciplinary sound project based on his family’s German and Polish-Jewish roots, exploring their history in pre and post-war Europe.