Between Essence and Descent Falls the Shadow

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death’s other Kingdom
Remember us—if at all—not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men.
– T.S. Elliott

Choreographed by Serena Chalker

Performance History:

May 2010 Geoff Gibbs Theatre, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts on the 1st Year WAAPA students, 2010.

Music by: Shinjuku Thief (Darren Verhagen), Julian Knowles, Taylor Deupree and Thomas Tallis, arranged by Serena Chalker