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Lewys HoltBy Lewys Holt
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Lewys HoltBy Lewys Holt
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About

“Funny, astute, clever, mischievous and human”

– Kerry Francksen

Photo by Liam Keown
Photo by Liam Keown

Hello dear friends and the kickstarter community at large, 

My name is Lewys Holt. I'm a dance artist based in London, UK. While focussing on and loving dance, my practice tends to also include things that look more like stand-up comedy or story telling or acting. 

I've made two solo performances over the past two years Phrases and Footnotes and this year I'm taking them to Summerhall at the Edinburgh Fringe to find my fortune...and also this means spending a fortune. 


The Shows

Phrases and Footnotes is a pair of solo contemporary dance works that fuse text, humour and improvisation to subtly explore our innate needs for connection and fears of loneliness.

Like a TED talk gone wrong, Footnotes show begins as a lecture, where the topic, subject and purpose are obscured by dense jargon and pseudo-intellectual nonsense. The footnotes begin as semi-useful, if somewhat unnecessary asides and extra information, but quickly devolve into more expressive outbursts, actions and impulses. Each triggers a shift into dancing, oversharing, flirting and ever more surreal behaviour.

Exploring confusion and anxieties in language and our understanding of it, Phrases hilariously examines what would happen if we took certain sayings and words literally. Mixing contemporary dance with comedy I look at the circles and binds we create for ourselves through words.

Photo by Matt Cawrey, Design by Paul Banks
Photo by Matt Cawrey, Design by Paul Banks

Praise for my work (some of which is for my first solo show Of, or at, A Fairly Low Temperature) 

“It was really inspiring... there is no substitute for intelligent, reflective, thoughtful ideas and approaches to making”

- Pete Shenton, New Art Club (Phrases & Footnotes)


"There is a nod to Rik Mayall in his persona as well, he could well be a younger Dangerous Brother”

- Fringe Review (Of, or At, a Fairly Low Temperature)


“Lewys Holt’s dance-comedy is both delightfully and disconcertingly bizarre”

- Buxton Fringe Review (Of, or At, a Fairly Low Temperature)


Going forward 

I plan to use my time in Edinburgh to show my work to a variety of people who can help me to sustain myself as an artist with a view to booking a tour for the double bill of shows in 2020 as well as remaining open to other opportunities as they arise. 


Phrases & Footnotes Zine

One of the rewards for donating is the Phrases & Footnotes zine developed with   photographer Liam Keown this was developed as an accompanying document to the premiere of the shows in 2018 which contains the script and stage directions for Footnotes and photographs from the process of developing Phrases.

Sneak photo of zines hidden by hat in box by Matt Cawrey
Sneak photo of zines hidden by hat in box by Matt Cawrey

Risks and challenges

Potential risks are that I could injure myself before or during my run at the Fringe but I am versatile and resilient so could probably find a way to power through depending on the injury.

Also I am a skilled dancer so injury is unlikely.

Another challenge will be sourcing an audience and getting seen in Edinburgh. The fringe is a notoriously competitive environment but I'm hoping with my PR team and will the help of my venue I will be able to get the right people into the room to see my work.

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