About Empty Orchestra

4 Stars

Holt’s choreography is simply masterful

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Three dancers perform their favourite karaoke hits. As each dancer takes their turn at the mic, the remaining two take to the space, becoming backing dancers, lip-syncing and encouraging each other into the spotlight. Through the revealing act of singing, Empty Orchestra creates a safe space to embrace both the wild, diva-like highs and deep, uncomfortable feelings of cringe inherent to karaoke.

See the pains, pleasures and coping strategies of each dancer unfold as they share their joy, timidity and power. Featuring classics ranging from Dolly Parton’s Jolene to Simon and Garfunkel’s Sound of Silence. And yes - you’re allowed to sing along.

About the artist

Lewys Holt is an interdisciplinary dance artist based in Leeds. He works as a dancer, choreographer and curates Roadhouse with Eleanor Sikorski. Born in Mold in North Wales and raised in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, Lewys studied dance at De Montfort University (2010-14). His practice, while focusing on dance, spans comedy, visual arts and devised theatre. He makes work that centres the performer as an empowered individual, showcasing their personality and vulnerabilities. He makes score based choreographies, which combine improvisation with subtle wit and formal experimentation that push the boundaries of disciplines to make innovative performances. He has worked as a dancer with New Art Club, Simone Mousset, Rosemary Lee and Christopher Owen among others

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Cast and creatives

Choreography: Lewys Holt:
Performance: Luke Divall, Lewys Holt, Inari Hulkkonen
Choreographic assistance / Photography and film:
Eleanor Sikorski
Lighting design: Seth Rook Williams
Vocal coach:
Jenny Moore
Producer:
Daniel Nicholas/Discerning Nights
Pastoral Support:
Temitope AjoseCutting
Marketing: Natalie Beech
Music: Last Christmas - Wham, Fast Car - Tracy Chapman, Varrella Virran - Kirka, Dancing in the Moonlight - Toploader, Jolene - Dolly Parton, One Way or Another - Blondie, I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith, Dancing On My Own - Robyn, Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac, The Sound of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel, I Just Called to Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder

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