About Lewis Walker, Odyl Creations and ThisEgg

Compete for me by Lewis Walker

An autobiographical, queer reimagining of a gymnastics competition, Walker explores themes of escapism and intense desire to conjure vivid and often ridiculous imagery. Compete For Me is Walker’s debut show since transitioning from international Acrobatic Gymnastics to performance artist. Taking inspiration from the strict and rigid arena of gymnastics, Compete For Me follows the human compulsion to seek meaning through success and sacrifice. With a background in gymnastics, Walker fuses physical theatre, experimental choreography, fashion and gymnastics, to world-build a melancholic and dystopian atmosphere through a queer lens.

About The Artist

Walker is a London-born queer, Jewish, non-binary artist working with movement. They are an ex GB gymnast, who trained and competed from the ages of 6 - 21 and gained World Champion status in Acrobatic Gymnastics. They recently graduated as a Contemporary Dancer at London Contemporary Dance School, and have been dancing, choreographing and movement directing in theatre, film, fashion, music and the commercial sector. They have been choreographing and dancing for individuals and companies such as Tim Walker, Yorgos Lanthimos, Holly Blakey, BULLYACHE, Leah Walker, Alt- J, ANOHNI, Tirzah, Burberry and Sadlers Wells. Walker currently leads a highly attended dance workshop that focuses on movement through improvisation, making dance accessible to all. Their long-term goal is to become a dance therapist, with the unique intention of integrating rave culture and holistic dance therapy to support individuals transitioning to sobriety through movement.


Cast and Credits

Choreographer/Performer: Lewis Walker
Performers: Sarah Lewis, Michele Occelli, Zhuo Chen
Rehearsal Director: Yen-Ching Lin
Styling: Chadd Curry
Lighting Designer: Laurie Loads
Set Design: Rubino Wilson

Magnetoreception by Odyl Creations

Magnetoreception is an electrifying journey through the pulsating rhythms of human connections. It's a dance of passion and pain, a symphony of souls drawn together and pulled apart, all narrated by the mesmerising choreography of magnets in motion. The dancers, driven by their own life experiences, take the audience on a rollercoaster of emotions, unveiling the intimate moments that have sculpted them into the individuals they are today.

About The Artist

Established in 2023, Odyl Creations was the brainchild of Sarah, of German, American, and Italian heritage, and Philip, whose roots extend to Canada and Britain. Their serendipitous meeting occurred during a dance intensive in their shared home of London, where their artistic connection emerged. From this foundation, Odyl Creations was born. In March, they showcased a twelve-minute duet at a dance event, receiving heartening feedback that drove them to ambitiously expand it into a mesmerizing forty-minute production, which they proudly presented at the renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Their debut wowed audiences, garnering a remarkable five-star review from discerning critics, humbly marking the inception of their artistic journey.


Cast and Credits

Produced by: Odyl Creations
Choreographers: Sarah Hirsch and Philip McDermott
Dancers: Sarah Hirsch and Philip McDermott
Sound Design: Stacy Outrageous
Costume Design: Florence Meredith
Movement Editor: Jordan James Bridge

You Do You (a work in progress) by ThisEgg

You Do You is a work in progress dance-based performance. Linzy and Josie are thinking about why some places have revolutions and other places don’t. Don’t worry, they’re just thinking about it. And moving around it. And, sometimes talking it out. But quietly when they do. They’re not going to make any noise. They’re not going to set fire to anything. They’re not going to start a riot. This is a safe space after all.

About The Artist

ThisEgg’s most recent show dressed. Premiered at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe to critical acclaim, receiving a Scotsman Fringe First as well as a nomination for ThisEgg for Total Theatre Awards’ Emerging Company 2018. The show completed a national tour before returning to the Festival for the British Council Showcase 2019. ThisEgg won the inaugural Underbelly and New Diorama Untapped Award 2018 for early-mid career theatre companies. Me & My Bee, ThisEgg’s show for family audiences won the inaugural Les Enfants Terribles Stepladder Award 2017 & was nominated for The Fringe Sustainable Practice Award & Brighton Award for Excellence. Me & My Bee toured again in Summer 2021 produced by Oxford Playhouse. It was part of National Theatre’s River Stage Performances in Summer 2022.


Cast and Credits

Co-creator / Performer: Josie Dale-Jones
Co-creator / Performer: Linzy Na Nakorn
Collaborators: Solène Weinachter, Frederic Lilje, Caroline Williams and Rachel Lemon, Stefanie Müller
Lighting Designer: Lucy Adams
Music: Hannah Ledwidge