This was a unique collaboration with The RED Ensemble, Scottish poet Charlie Gracie and film artist Louise Mather. This dance piece was a live and filmed interpretation of right, a poem by Charlie Gracie. The poem juxtaposes George Bush’s procalimed support of the right to life with the actions of US and UK forces who launched volleys of Tomohawk Cruise missiles into Baghdad in the early stages of then Iraq war.

In the poem, a pregnant woman, Zubaida, is killed with her unborn child; an event undoubtedly common during that illegal attack. Throughout the dance piece I chose to focus on this woman as it was so emotionally charged.

Palestinian poet Ghazi Hussein translated the poem into Arabic and The Red Ensemble created music and used the poetry from the recorded versions in Arabic and English. The dance film was used as a backdrop to the live dance, words and music.

Watch the dance film 


Choreography: Joan Beattie

Dancer: Joan Beattie (live & on film)

Composers: The RED Ensemble

Film Artist: Louise Mather

Poet: Charlie Gracie



2nd March Glasgow City Halls, Glasgow, Scotland

‘Dancer Joan Beattie gave a beautiful interpretation of Right.’ (Charlie Gracie, Poet)

‘Vito Dance brilliant as usual (Bubbebeach)

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