About Eilon Morris

I am a theatre practitioner, percussionist and independent scholar. As a core member of both DUENDE and OBRA Theatre Company, I work as a performer, composer and trainer. In July 2017 I published my first book, Rhythm in Acting and Performance (Bloomsbury, Methuen Drama). Other publications include contributions to the book Encountering Ensemble as well as articles for Stanislavski Studies and Total Theatre Magazine. In 2013, I completed a PhD at the University of Huddersfield investigating the role of rhythm in actor training. Over the last seven years I have led workshops and masterclasses at universities and other training centres including Central School of Speech and Drama, Rose Bruford College, Sussex University, the Duende School of Ensemble Physical Theatre (Greece), and Au Brana Cultural Centre (France), Université Laval, Québec City (Canada), and Taller de Investigación Teatral (Mexico). See www.eilonmorris.com for more details.

Tuning: Preparing to Perform Gaudete with OBRA Theatre Co.

This post has been compiled and edited by Eilon Morris with contributions from Kate Papi, Oliviero Papi and Fabian Wixe.  

Each night, prior to performing Gaudete with OBRA Theatre Companymy last task before vacating the stage was to tune my dulcimer. I needed to be sure that the wires had not loosened or tightened, that the strings would ring true in relation to each other when I came to play them in the performance. In much the same way, the last thing we did as an ensemble was to ‘tune’ ourselves; to the space, to each other, to arrive in that particular moment and place, to rediscover a shared quality of being together.

Photo by Linnéa Pettersson – Eilon Morris tuning dulcimer in rehearsals, 2010

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