The pleasure of stepping off a horse when it’s moving at full speed

A short film based on a live performance by Courtney May Robertson.
14 min 2021

Welcome to this celebration of the unfiltered self, in which Courtney May Robertson searches for radical acceptance. A rider taming a wild horse; this metaphor for self-control fascinates Courtney. In that image she sees a struggle between embracing our primitive desires and regulating our behavior in accordance with societal pressures. In this piece, she attempts to embrace contradictions that make up a multifaceted human.


Choreography, performance & projections: Courtney May Robertson
Video concept: Paul Sixta & Courtney May Robertson
Camera & editing: Paul Sixta
Dramaturgy: Merel Heering
Outside eye: Kristin De Groot & Yoko Ono Haveman
Technical support: Edwin van Steenbergen
Production: Annejon Okhuijsen & Hanne Blomme
PR & Communication: Carolien Verduijn
Music: AAR - A01 & A02, Empty Set - Order, Cities Aviv - Title Piece (Dedicated to Many), Death Grips - Disappointed
Produced by: Dansateliers
Financially supported by: Municipality of Rotterdam & Kickstart Cultuurfonds
With thanks to: Bas de Geus, Adam Peterson & Nik Rajšek