A couple dances slowly. There is no music.

During the dance, it is clear that they are joined by the elements that bind clothing and shoes (buttons, laces, and clasps), as well as by braided hair at the top of their heads.

As the dance continues, the perception of what appeared to be a caring embrace changes; it becomes clear that the two are attempting to pull apart from each other. They undo and open cuffs, waistbands, buttons; caressing hair, they untangle the common braid. Once they are completely separate, they give into their first impulse, that of running to opposite sides, forgetting their laces are still tied. The fall is inevitable.

photos and video: Lucas Brandão
performers: Julia Rocha and Michel Mustafá