This poetry video was made in response to Eleni Cay’s poem “Intertwined.” Hand drawn animations with graphite, gouache, and pastel are used to capture the intertwined relationship between Man and Earth, Sun and Moon, Yin and Yang. The two forces are not in opposition to each other but in synergistic relationship, giving rise to love and new life.
Intertwined was produced as collaboration between Eleni Cay and Beyon.
Eleni Cay is a Slovakian-born poet living in Manchester. Her first collection, A butterfly’s tremblings in the digital age (which is written in Slovakian), was published in 2013, after she won a national poetry competition in her native country Slovakia. Eleni’s English language poems were published in two pamphlets -Colours of the Swan and Autumn Dedications-and featured in MK Calling 2013 & 2015, anthologies (e.g., Mother’s Milk); poetry magazines (e.g., Envoi) and as the ‘best poetry videos on the web’ (Moving Poems). Eleni is currently studying the MA Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Beyon is a multidisciplinary artist / activist, and nationally touring musician. Self-trained in animation, drawing, and music, Beyon’s films have been screened internationally, while her illustrations have appeared in magazines, on record covers, and in the streets. Her work has received numerous awards, including the Young Filmmakers Award for Best Shortat the Yale Environmental Film Festival and a 2014 Arts Nova Scotia Professional Development Grant. Co-founder of loveholdletgo, a NYC-based independent film and theatre production collective, and an active facilitator of artists against police violence, an online space of graphic and arts resources available for communities against police murders of Black people.