‘A Tooth For An Eye’ from The Knife’s forthcoming album ‘Shaking The Habitual’ released on 8/9 April. Available to pre order here: theknife.net
‘A Tooth For An Eye’ deconstructs images of maleness, power and leadership. Who are the people we trust as our leaders and why? What do we have to learn from those we consider inferior? In a sport setting where one would traditionally consider a group of men as powerful and in charge, an unexpected leader emerges. A child enters and allows the men to let go of their hierarchies, machismo and fear of intimacy, as they follow her into a dance. Their lack of expertise and vulnerability shines through as they perform the choreography. Amateurs and skilled dancers alike express joy and a sense of freedom; There is no prestige in their performance. The child is powerful, tough and sweet all at once, roaring “I’m telling you stories, trust me”. There is no shame in her girliness, rather she possesses knowledge that the men lost a long time ago.
Music: ‘A Tooth For An Eye’ by The Knife taken from the album ‘Shaking The Habitual’
Dir. Roxy Farhat & Kakan Hermansson
DOP: Aida Chehrehgosha
Editing: Roxy Farhat
Label: XL Recordings
Dancers: Thom Yorke and Fukiko Takase
Director: Garth Jennings
Choreographer: Wayne McGregor
Production Company: STK Films
Producer: Helen Power
Director of Photography: Nick Wood
Editor: Dominic Leung @ Trim
Focus: Karl Hui
Gaffer: Paul Allen
Make up: Carol Hart
With thanks to Trinity Laban, Norton & Sons, and Grenson
P & C Unsubstainabubble Ltd 2013
Time to wake up this joint with a little bit of “Ula Ula” by Argentina’s Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas.
[Video removed by Vimeo … sorry!]
And now, World Order with their smash hit “Machine Civilization.” It’s got a sleek beat, and you can dance to it. But maybe not like these guys do.
Here’s a great little animated video posted at Vimeo.com, created by students in the BAA Animation program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.