Would you hold hands with me? Not because you love me, or because you must take care of me, or because I’m in distress. Would you hold hands with me just because I asked you to?
Palm to Palm was a year long daily action of holding another persons hand everyday for 30 consecutive minutes. Across the year Lou held hands with over 200 people, some of them were her closest friends and family and some were strangers that she will never see again. In addition to this daily practice Lou created a performance lecture, which she toured across Britain before being invited to perform at the Gallery West in Toronto.
Images and blog entries detailing Lou’s experience can be found here and below you will find some reviews of the work.
You can check out a blog by one of my hand holders by clicking here
Twitter review from Rebecca Atkinson-Lord Theatre Programmer at London’s Ovalhouse
I’ve just seen a sneak preview of @LouBrodie’s #PalmtoPalm which felt surprising and gentle and dangerous all at once. Highly recommended.
Maddy Costa – Blogger and Guardian Critic’s Review of Palm to Palm
(Lou) allows you to stop. She encourages you to attend to the needs of someone else, without expectation of recompense. She reminds you that you and your time are valuable in and of themselves. The reminder feels like a small but lovely gift – and another denial of the capitalist ethic, where people are worth only as much money as they’re able to make and spend.