squares will fall – ural biennial

Featuring Justin Vernon & Uma Barba, John Colpitts, Zach Condon, Mats Gustafsson, Hilary Jeffrey, Ben Lanz, Dodo NKishi, Kyle Resnick, Jeremy Ylvisaker

Performed by Danil Balakin, Sergey Fedorenko, Denis Karpov

Production: Anastasia Dergousova, Alexander Tkhomirov, Nikita Shvalev, Natasha Andreeva

Squares Will Fall is a multidirectional loudspeaker choreography performed by three acrobats of the Ekaterinburg Circus. Each loudspeaker plays back a distinct element of the composition. The performers mix the sound elements by animating the speakers in real time. The audience is free to move around during the performance and make audio recordings for personal use.

Squares Will Fall spins around the themes travesty, farce and clownery. Clownery is the title of a Russian underground movie from 1989 a tragicomedy of the absurd based on the works of Russian artist Daniil Kharms (1905–1942). Trying to recreate the reality of the 30s, the director reenacts the style of filming and acting of that time and enters the picture thus achieving a maximum reliability of the author’s text and sound to help the viewer to immerse themselves in the atmosphere, in which the classic absurdism lived and worked. This is a world of illusions, allusions and associations, reflecting a stream of consciousness in an era of detachment.


The 6th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art was curated by Adnan Yıldız, Çağla Ilk and Assaf Kimmel and took place in Yekaterinburg, Russia 02.10.2021—05.12.2021