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Turn your f^*king head : Deborah Hay's Solo Performance Commissioning Project

Deborah Hay (Choreographer), Becky Edmunds (Creator, Film director, Editor of moving image work), Independent Dance (Firm)
In August 2012, twenty dance artists from eleven countries spent ten days at the Findhorn Community Foundation, Scotland, to learn and be coached in the performance of a solo they had each commissioned from renowned choreographer Deborah Hay. Hay's innovative Solo Performance Commissioning Project (SPCP) instils a transformative and rigorous daily practice that serves to stimulate and enrich each individual's approach to performance and choreography. This process then engenders twenty unique solo adaptations of the work through a period of practice that extends into the months following the project. To mark the moment of the final SPCP in 2012, Independent Dance commissioned videographer Becky Edmunds to document the journey of the group as they learned the solo 'Dynamic'. The resulting film, Turn Your F^*king Head, is the only time this project has been filmed. Capturing the process by which Hay transmits the same solo dance to twenty individuals, the film unveils the experiences, insights, and questions that inform the work and artistic practice. Edmunds reveals the discernment, humour, inquiry, and humility of one of the most respected and original dance artists of our time
DVD Video, English, 2016
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, London and New York, 2016
Documentaries and Factual Films
1 videodisc (60 min.) : color, sound ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (ix, 39 pages ; 18 cm)
9781138783768, 1138783765
Practicing without shape (Day 1)
Learning the solo (Days 2-4)
The context for this work
Practicing the performance of the solo (Days 5-10)
On adaption
Signing the contract
Extras: On adaption (Extended discussion) (24 min.) ; On patronage (31 min) ; Another adaptation (9.44 min.). Booklet: Introduction
Never ending dancing / Susan Foster
Now out of joint: invariable time and variable subjectivity in contemporary performance / Bojana Bauer and Myrto Katsiki
Letter to Gill Clarke, 2012 / Deborah Hay
"A documentary by Becky Edmunds, commissioned by Independent Dance."
Video copyright 2013. Published 2016 from booklet
DVD extras: On adaptation (24 min.) ; On patronage (31 min.) ; Another adaptation (9.44 min.)
Deborah Hay.
Camera, sound, editing, Becky Edmunds ; post-production sound, Scott Smith.