Left and Right
Molly Joyce, Jerron Herman, Max Greyson, Austin Regan
Left and Right is a collaboration between composer/performer Molly Joyce, choreographer/dancer Jerron Herman, writer/audio describer Max Greyson, and director Austin Regan to examine historical myths of the left versus right side.
The work explores the traditionally cursed and dark left side of the body and its relationship to the right hand side, which was considered healing and beneficent. The film unites and confronts universal, contemporary and personal perspectives on dualism and asymmetry through the disparate yet synergic disciplines of dance, music, and poetic description. Produced as part of the Toulmin Fellowship with National Sawdust and NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts.
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Artist’s original barrier-free version
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- Incorporation of audio description (accessible to blind and low-vision audiences)
ASL interpretation (accessible to Deaf/hard-of-hearing audiences)
Open captions (accessible to Deaf/hard-of-hearing audiences)
Explores the traditionally cursed and dark left side of the body and its relationship to the right hand side, which was considered healing and beneficent. The film unites and confronts universal, contemporary and personal perspectives on dualism and asymmetry through the disparate yet synergic disciplines of dance, music, and poetic description.
Message from artist / creator
Left and Right features collaborators across disciplines and modalities seeking to highlight flawed and curious view of the left side. The work involved myself (composer/performer), Jerron Herman (choreographer/dancer), and Max Greyson (audio describer/writer) creating and responding to each other’s work, all directed by Austin Regan.
Molly Joyce’s work focuses on disability as a creative source and has been deemed one of the “most versatile, prolific and intriguing composers working under the vast new-music dome” by The Washington Post. She has an impaired left hand from a previous car accident, and the primary vehicle in her exploration is her vintage toy organ, an instrument she bought on eBay.
Jerron Herman is a disabled artist working in dance and text to facilitate welcoming. He has premiered pieces at Danspace Project, Performance Space New York, and The Whitney Museum. VITRUVIAN premiered at Abrons Arts Center while Jerron was an Artist in Residence and will tour 2023-2024 on the Mid-Atlantic Arts roster. He began his training as a company member with Heidi Latsky Dance from 2011-2019 and is a collaborating member of Kinetic Light’s WIRED. Jerron is represented by Candace Feldman’s INTERIM, a boutique management consortium for disabled artists that includes Molly Joyce and Christopher Unpezverde Nunez.
Max Greyson (1988) is a poet, performer and theatre maker from Antwerp. He tours Flanders and The Netherlands as a solo spoken word performer and he is a core artistic member of Un-Label Performing Arts Company. He became vice-champion Poetry Slam of the Netherlands in 2015. Since then, De Arbeiderspers has published two of his poetry collections and his debut novel. Since 2019 he has been appointed artistic researcher at the Royal Antwerp Conservatoire. In this framework Max Greyson develops methods for the artistic integration of audio-description for the blind and visually impaired and other forms of aesthetics of access in contemporary dance and music theatre. He is also the artistic director of ARType vzw, a company that creates music theatre productions, co-produces socially relevant artistic projects and supports artists to develop their inclusive practice.
Molly Joyce: Composer + Performer
Jerron Herman: Choreographer + Performer
Austin Regan: Director
Max Greyson: Writer + Audio Describer
Michael Hammond: Sound Enginer
Hannah Rifkin: Video Editor
Brandon Kazen-Maddox: American Sign Language Artist
Shelly Guy: Director of American Sign Langue
Andy Slater: Audio Description Consultant
Japanese subtitles: Yasumasa Kawada, Kanoko Tamura, Hibiki Mizuno (Art Translators Collective)
Japanese subtitles for this video were produced by the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture under the Arts Council Tokyo’s “Arts and Culture Attractiveness Creation Grant” program.