For HBS-Fest, filmmaker Paul Sixta made three short films inspired on the solos made by dance artists Dane Badal, Courtney May Robertson and Ian Yves Ancheta. The films will be screened in the fall of 2021 during HBS-Fest.
the pleasure of stepping off a horse when it’s moving at full speed
As a starting point for this short solo, Courtney takes a metaphor for self-control; a rider taming a wild horse. She looks at the struggle between embracing one’s primitive desires, and regulating behaviour in accordance with societal pressures. Visual projections encapsulate Courtney within an octagon spanning 3.5m in diameter. Through a combination of poetry, dance, and song, she travels across landscapes of personal desires, memories, and fears. The space almost acts like a time capsule; intimate home videos are spliced with found footage of horse taming tactics and man-made disasters, amongst other imagery. ‘the pleasure of stepping off a horse when it’s moving at full speed’ is Courtney’s attempt to embrace the, sometimes messy, contradictions that make up a multifaceted human.