THE KNIFE ‘A TOOTH FOR AN EYE’: “DECONSTRUCTS IMAGES OF MALENESS, POWER AND LEADERSHIP”

Knife1Check out The Knife’s ‘A Tooth For An Eye’, taken from their forthcoming album Shaking The Habitual released on 8 April, the video is directed by Roxy Farhat and Kakan Hermansson.


‘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. Knife2A 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” (a quote borrowed from Jeanette Winterson’s novel The Passion).

There is no shame in her girliness, rather she possesses knowledge that the men lost a long time ago.

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