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                                                              Tha-at’s right (2018) 16mm film, 11:07




Tha-at’s right is a response to an idiosyncratic review of Stravinsky’s final ballet Agon, written by dance critic and poet Edwin Denby in 1959. The piece takes this review as a choreographic script for a new performance by interpreting literally Denby's outlandish metaphorical descriptions of dance and music. This process of translation was realised collaboratively for 16mm film with a group of three dancers and An assembly, a new music ensemble.

Commissioned by An assembly.



‘...a seemingly disconnected parade of musical and choreographic gestures that swing - like Denby’s prose - between baroque grace and withering bathos. It’s funny - but more than that, it raises questions about translation, the fitness of words to sounds or movements, the role of criticism, and the authority of the score.’
- The Wire, December 2018

‘There’s a sly humour throughout the piece, made all the more subversive by never letting the audience relax into certainty over what, or who, is being made fun of from one moment to the next...The dancers bring a discipline and dignity to the ridiculousness. Like in a Robert Ashley piece, only with movement instead of words, the music does its work while the audience is distracted, a deadpan “No comment” while slipping a diffuse, brittle collage of chamber music past our ears.’
- Boring Like a Drill, October 2018


























dancers
Svenja Bühl
Regina Laasmäe
Danielle Summers

choreography
Rowland Hill
Svenja Bühl
Regina Laasmäe
Danielle Summers









director
Rowland Hill

producer
Scout Stuart

cinematographer
Paul Daly

editor
Rowland Hill




music
Rowland Hill
with Jack Sheen

colourist
Paul Daly

additional editing
Ralph Pritchard












Mark
Rowland Hill © 2018