Values and Ethos  

I am a choreographer and movement director and am interested in making work that is participatory, immersive and/or a spectacle. I aim to create high quality and engaging work using collaborative methods that are responsive to people and places. In my work, I want to encouraging cooperation, respect and value in the ordinary ( sometimes known as the extraordinary). I co-founded Yorkshire Life Aquatic in 2013 with Lucy Meredith as it combines my love of water and movement.

“Well done to the YLA team especially Zoe – for a big undertaking, carefully, sensitively and beautifully realised.” Bramley Baths

‘Zoe’s piece stood out for its fresh movement and use of space. She achieved a great amount in a short time.’ Wieke Eringa ( CEO/ artistic director Yorkshire Dance about Restect.)

Current Projects:

Million Dollar Mermaids –choreographed/ directed for Yorkshire Life Aquatic an on land and water-based synchronised swimming team, working in and around water features in public spaces. Our debut project Million Dollar Mermaids, an homage to Esther Williams, was premiered summer 2013. The Mermaid Gala was performed at Beacons Festival; Barnsley Civic, as part of C.A.R.P. on August 30th 2013, at Bramley Baths on 29th September 2013 and finally concluded with installation of the film with ‘live’ mermaids at Yorkshire Dance and WYPlayhouse as part of BishBashBosh and Light Night in Leeds 2013. With a vintage musical theatre flavour and a dash of sparkle, this is an exploration of the movement and design of synchronised swimming in unusual spaces, and has been designed to be seen with photographic images taken by Lizzie Coombes. To get involved, find out more or fund us tweet @yorkslifeaqua or visit our website.

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Swan (2013) – choreography on pilates equipment – to a backdrop of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake for MIPilates York Launch.

Quartet – 2011- a development of deux, looking at new beginnings and hopefulness, using four young people, and presented at the Northern Ballet Opening Gala.

Restect – 2010 – exploring the science of how the HIV virus attacks healthy cells for AIDS awareness performances with Parklands Girls for Phoenix dance Theatre.

Deux – 2010 -( 4 minutes) inclusive dance duet for inspired youth dance in association with Northern Ballet, Yamsen and performed at the Ilkley and Wharfdale festival.

Photo by Lizzie Coombes of Zoe Parker at Bramley Baths 2013.
Photo by Lizzie Coombes of Zoe Parker at Bramley Baths 2013.

Choreographic History:

Middle stages (2001-2009)

Zoe worked mainly with middle to large scale groups of young people in educational and community settings: choreographing, directing, collaborating across a range of artistic disciplines and facilitating young people creating their own work. This included studio and Musical Theatre contexts. Also large-scale community dance performances such as – Line dancing medley (people aged from 4 to 90). Some examples include…
Postcards from the edge  35mins –  ( 2003), The Dinner -10 mins(2004), A Chorus Line ( adaptation) 1 hr 48 mins– ( 2005) Studio Theatre, Grease (2002- Wortley High School), West Side Story (2003- Morley High School), Godspell ( 2004), Les Miserables ( 2005- school edition) Guys and Dolls ( 2006), Fame, ( 2007) Oklahoma choreographer ( 2008) , Follies ( 2009) (directed/ choreographed).

Early Days ( 1990-2001)…

Unspoken Promises– ( 1991) 5 min piece with 5 dancers – About divorce and its emotional impact on the family.

Chasing shadows – (1992-3) 12 min piece with 11 dancers – putting contemporary dancers on pointe – looked at doubts and reality. Performed at Riley Theatre and toured with 3rd year touring at NSCD.

” Zoe Parker showed enormous maturity…with a fascinating mix of contemporary moves, a classical twist…scissor sharp lifts, intriguing floor work and dancers clinging to each other like koalas..” Yorkshire Post

X Moves the Bass – (1994-6) Theatre in Education projects combining contemporary dance, break dancing with theatre – a collaboration between artists from all three disciplines. Aim was to create engaging shows that promote positive attitudes for young people and encourage them to dance. ( Arts 4 All funded, Reebok sponsored)

” We think you are brilliant and will go a long way!”  Burroughbridge High School

Signs of Life – ( 1997-8) theatre in education show combining contemporary dance and signed language. A conceptual piece about some of the issues that affect young people using a mixture of theatre, sign language and contemporary dance. ( Arts council funded.)

8 New MovesPerfect All Saints High School – 6 mins 2001

” The most powerful image came from All saints High Saints’ Dancers, one foot bare, one foot in a shoe, as they mocked the catwalk obsession with skinny perfection.”

No Place like Home – ( 2000-2001) Resolution! Cross regional tour- a pure dance piece about the sense of belonging and what home means, using a specially commissioned soundtrack which plays with the voices of people talking about home in different languages, and with use of live cello. ( Arts council funded- Step 21 Dance Company)

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