Turn Your F^*king Head Documentary

In 2012, ID ran the final edition of Deborah Hay’s Solo Performance Commissioning Project.

Filmmaker Becky Edmunds followed the 10-day intensive process, resulting in a feature-length documentary,Turn Your F^*king Head. It takes its title from Deborah’s frequent reminder to the artists to refresh their awareness. The film shows Hay and the 20 artists as they engage with the process of creating adaptations of Hay’s new score, Dynamic. It is a document of her process as she continues to redefine what performance is and how performers perform.

Routledge DVD Package

The DVD resource includes the documentary, and three featurettes about particular aspects of the project. It is accompanied by a booklet with two specially commissioned essays by Susan Foster, Bojana Bauer and Myrto Katsiki, and a personal letter from Deborah Hay to Gill Clarke.

Routledge Performance Archive

TYFH is also part of the Routledge Performance Archive, a developing resource produced in partnership with Digital Theatre, providing unique access to an unprecedented range of audio-visual material from past and present practitioners of performance. There, it is part of an online live archive which spans more than fifty years of documented work direct from renowned practitioners and specialists, and ranges across the entire spectrum of theatre topics.

More information at www.routledgeperformancearchive.com.

Past screenings

Turn Your F^*king Head had its world premiere at Cinedans, Europe’s leading dance film festival, which took place from 12-16 March 2014.

The UK premiere for TYFH took place at Independent Dance on 6 September 2014, with Deborah Hay in attendance, followed by a performative lecture by Deborah, A Continuity of DiscontinuityIn her performative presentation, Hay mapped out her research from the 1970s to today, combining her phases of learning and a multitude of excerpts taken from her dance notebooks, which illustrate and enumerate the choreographic questions that have guided her methodology and kept her and generations of dancers engaged with the material of performance.

Turn Your F^*king Head was showing at Stockholm Dansens Hus, Sweden, on  24, 25, 26 September and 28, 29,30 October 2015as part of A Sea of Possibilities, a retrospective of Deborah’s work. The exhibition runs in conjunction with the premiere season of Deborah Hay’s new commission for the Cullberg Ballet, Figure a Sea.

TYFH was screened on 12 April 2016 at JW3, the London Jewish Cultural Centre, to a sold out audience.
The screening was followed by a talk between filmmaker Becky Edmunds and dance artist Deborah Black.

As part of Dancepace’s Evening with Deborah Hay the film was screened in New York on 21 April 2016.