“let’s hold hands the old way” is a multilingual biographical screen-dance project created by Zoe Katsilerou (choreographer, film maker) and Eilon Morris (composer, sound designer). Provoked by the UK government’s poster on how to wash hands displayed everywhere throughout the pandemic and inspired by the creators’ yearning for physical contact, Katsilerou choreographed an intimate piece of four hands, which sits alongside biographical accounts of stories woven into Morris’ sounds.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Zoe Katsilerou is a performer, maker and lecturer with background in dance-theatre, devised theatre, polyphonic singing, music composition, voice coaching, somatic practices and improvisation. Originally from Greece, she is currently based in the UK and works as a freelance practitioner and a Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett University.
Zoe’s work and practice are interdisciplinary and sit between dance, music, theatre and improvisation. She is particularly interested in relationships between choreography and text and looks for the poetic qualities these can evoke. Using her performances as a way of reflecting on her observations of the socio-political every day, Zoe wishes to create conversations between herself, her work and its audiences.
Zoe is associate artist with DUENDE and Sura Medura, member of Vonnegut Collective and SBC Theatre Company, and has co-founded improvisation collective ICEBERG. Zoe is member of The Work Room (Glasgow) and The Natural Voice Network (Sheffield). Zoe is member of the artistic committee of The Makings of The Actor.
Eilon Morris is a percussionist, composer, performer, and instrument maker who works predominantly in live theatre and dance. He is a core member of OBRA Theatre Co, ICEBERG and project mάzoksi and is currently teaching at Leeds Conservatoire. In 2017 he published Rhythm in Acting and Performance: Embodied Approaches and Understandings (Bloomsbury) building on the work of his PhD completed in 2013 at the University of Huddersfield. Performance and composition credits include, And After We Sailed A Thousand Skies (Leeds Playhouse), The Wicker Husband (Watermill Theatre), IBIDEM (OBRA), Separated in Birth (Zoe Katsilerou), Day of the Living (Royal Shakespeare Company), Lord of the Flies (BBC Radio Drama), These Trees are Made of Blood (Arcola, Southwark Playhouse), Gaudete (OBRA Theatre Co, Lowery), Shattering Man (Duende), and Rhein (Royal Festival Hall).