When Held

Discover this mesmerising short film by Leo Bill and Tobias Menzies which pushes at the boundaries where film, performance and dance meet

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

  • Free event

When Held began life on Tobias Menzies' mobile phone. Inspired by movement therapy he was undertaking, Tobias began recording fragments of choreography at home while living alone through a global pandemic.

In collaboration with filmmaker Leo Bill, they began to develop a movement piece from the filmed material. With theatres empty across the world, the Almeida Theatre in London invited Tobias and Leo to use their stage to create a piece. Over three days, they shot this film; a hypnotic, fresh and original expression of what it means to be held.

Created by Tobias Menzies
Directed & Edited by Leo Bill
Movement by Tobias Menzies
Still photography by Marc Brenner
Original music by Leo Bill

Thanks to The Almeida Theatre, London.

Produced by Maëva Demurger
Production Company: Blank Page Pictures
Note: The film is 13 minutes in duration and will be played on loop.