Dr Demetris Zavros

Lecturer in Drama

Demetris Zavros
Email address: D.Zavros@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 322338 Location: WH Building Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: School of Performing Arts Areas of expertise: Musical Theatre

About

Demetris comes from Cyprus where he lived until the age of 20. He lived in Louisiana (US) for six years where he studied Music composition at Louisiana State University - with LSU Boyd Professor of Composition Dinos Constantinides and Stephen David Beck (Electroacoustic Composition) – as well as Mass Communication.

He then moved to Bristol and completed an MA in the Composition of Music for Film, TV and Theatre (with composer Martin Kiszko). On completion, he moved back to Cyprus where he worked as a teacher in Primary and Secondary Education as well as started to collaborate with some theatre and dance groups.

In 2005 he moved to Leeds where he started working towards a PhD at the University of Leeds in the department of Performance and Cultural Industries (with Lecturer of Music Theatre Dr George Rodosthenous and Professor of Theatre and Performance Jonathan Pitches).

Since then he has worked extensively with many artists in theatre, dance and music (including Takis Tzamargias, Lea Maleni, Hanan Snir, George Rodosthenous, Elena Christodoulidou, Riccardo Meneghini, Alex Panayi, Christina Argyri and others). He completed his PhD in 2009 and continues to see himself as both an academic and a practitioner.

Research interests

  • Post-dramatic Music theatre
  • Composed theatre
  • Creating Musical Theatre (composing, devising, directing)
  • The 21st century Musical
  • Devised pieces with live musical soundscapes as interdisciplinary process
  • Improvisation and refining improvisational techniques for performance
  • Recording and reflecting on creative and performance work as academic process

Qualifications

  • PhD (University of Leeds)
  • M.A in the Composition of Music for Film, TV and Theatre (University of Bristol)
  • Bachelor of Music (Composition) (Louisiana State University)
  • B.A in Mass Communication (Louisiana State University)

Publications

  • ‘Flooding the concrète: Clastoclysm and the notion of the ‘continuum’ as a conceptual and musical basis for a postdramatic music-theatre performance.’ (Studies in Musical Theatre, vol. 2, no.1, 2008)
  • ‘Composing Theatre on a Diagonal: Metaxi ALogon, a Music-centric Performance.’ (Roesner, D., and Rebstock, M., eds. Composed Theatre: Aesthetics, Practices, Processes, Bristol, Intellect, 2012)
  • Music-theatre as music: A practical exploration of composing theatrical material based on a music-centric conceptualisation of myth (PhD Thesis, University of Leeds, 2009)

Experience in industry

Employment History

Demetris has worked as a teacher in Primary, Secondary and Higher Education. He has also worked extensively as a freelance composer/director for the last five years collaborating with theatre organizations, groups, and artists internationally.

As a theatre and musical-theatre composer he has worked with the National Theatre of Greece, The National Theatre of Cyprus (THOC), The National theatre of Northern Greece, Nowy Teatr (Poland), West Yorkshire Playhouse, ETHAL, Persona, Altitude North, Amfidromo Chorotheatro and others.

He was also commissioned to compose music for a dance-theatre piece as part of the ceremony of the 50th anniversary of the Cypriot Independence (2010). He has also worked as Musical Director and Orchestrator in several projects including: Edinburgh Festival (Strangers in the House, Gingers The Musical), Maison de l’UNESCO (Musical Di-mentia, Paris, 2012).

Music for Theatre and Dance

  • Kali Kantzar & Co! (New Musical commissioned by and performed at the National Theatre of Cyprus and part of the European Program Young Europe, 2013. Also performed in Berlin, Germany)
  • Electra and Orestes: A trial (National Theatre of Cyprus, 2012)
  • Petros’ War (National Theatre of Greece, 2011)
  • Whitsplit (Persona, 2011)
  • From a Thread (Independent Production, 2011)
  • Othello’s Revenge (Altitude North, Commissioned by the Cypriot Embassy in Berlin, Cologne, 2010)
  • Body Faded Blue (National Theatre of Cyprus, Cyprus, 2010)
  • Happy Days (Nowy Teatr, Poznan, Poland, 2010)
  • La Commere (ETHAL, Limassol, 2010)
  • The Disease (Artos Foundation, Cyprus, 2009-2010)
  • Pachne (Festival of Philippoi, Kavala and Theatre Poreia, Athens, Greece, 2009)
  • The Fall of Icarus (Altitude North, Commissioned by the Cypriot Embassy in Berlin, Cologne, 2009)
  • A Second Chance (National Theatre of Northern Greece, 2009)
  • Poor and Saints (ETHAL, Cyprus, 2008)
  • Mela (West Yorkshire Playhouse, 2008)
  • Frozen (National Theatre of Cyprus 2008)
  • On/Off (National Theatre of Cyprus, 2007)
  • Ajax (Altitude North, International Festival of Greek Drama, Cyprus, 2007)
  • Tender Dearly (West Yorkshire Playhouse, 2007)
  • No Land (‘Amfidromo Chorotheatro’ Michalis Kakoyiannis, Athens, Greece, 2012)
  • No lines (Ceremony for the 50th Anniversary of the Cypriot Independence, ch. Elena Christodoulidou)
  • Blah, blah, blah …Black out (‘Amfidromo Chorotheatro’ for ‘10th Dance Platform’- Cyprus, 2010)
  • Triathlon (Altitude North, Cyprus, 2009)
  • Spun (Riccardo Meneghini, ‘The Place’, London and National Tour)
  • Carry on Tripping (Riccardo Menegini for Resolutions at ‘ Robin Howard Theatre’ (‘The Place’), Spring Hills Pree, London, March 2008, Latitude Festival, Suffolk, 2008, Blank Canvas, Leeds, April 2008)
  • A Woolf Counts the Stars (‘Amfidromo Chorotheatro’ for ‘3nd Dance Platform’- Cyprus, 2003)
  • Lifetime (‘Amfidromo Chorotheatro’ for 2nd Dance Platform- Cyprus, 2002)
  • Award: Demetris Zavros received the Cyprus Theatre Award 2011-2013(Best Composition) for his music in Electra and Orestes: ATrial (dir. Hannan Snir)

Further information

Teaching Responsibilities

  • 4SW001 Academic Skills
  • 4DR004 Practical Approaches: Performance skills
  • 4DR008 Musical Theatre Practice
  • 5DR009 Creating Musical Theatre
  • 5MU014 Performance in Practice
  • 6SW001 The Professional Project
  • 4DR009 Roots of Musical Theatre
  • 7SW002 Advanced Research Methods
  • 7DR007 Performance: Body, Space and Identity
  • 7DR003 Performance: Ethics and Philosophy
  • 7DR008 Advanced Performance Making

Practice-Based Research

Performances

  • Metaxi ALogon (2008)
  • Clastoclysm: commissioned and performed as a work-in-progress at Song, Stage and Screen II conference (23 March 2007). In its completed version, Clastoclysm was performed as part of the festival-conference Masterworks (18 May 2007)
  • Icarus (2006)
  • AiAs Mana (2006)

Postgraduate Supervision:

Leonard Love: New British Musical Theatre in the 21st Century: an investigation of (under-)funding developments and creative processes.

Demetris is available for PhD supervision in the following areas:

  • Post-dramatic Music theatre
  • Composed theatre
  • Creating Musical Theatre (composing, devising, directing)
  • The 21st century Musical
  • Devised pieces with live musical soundscapes as interdisciplinary process
  • Improvisation and refining improvisational techniques for performance
  • Recording and reflecting on creative and performance work as academic process