Lewys Holt is an interdisciplinary dance artist based in the UK. His practice, while focusing on dance, spans comedy, visual arts and devised theatre. His dance practice is concerned with release and improvisation, taking influences from Skinner Releasing technique, Open Source Forms and Contact improvisation. He has worked with prominent international artists including Tino Sehgal, Frank Willens, Rosemary Lee and Florence Peake.
Lewys was shortlisted for a Jerwood Choreographic Grant (2013) for his collaborative work with Katherine Hall titled Subject To Change. Lewys also practices stand-up comedy and has performed extensively as part of the Leicester-based comedy trio Conversation Garden. In 2015 he was supported by Dance4 and Yorkshire Dance to successfully secure Arts Council England, Grants For The Arts funding to make a solo show titled Of, Or At A Fairly Low Temperature. Lewys is also a founding member of the ACE funded Leicester-based contemporary performance collective Tetrad who run work-in-progress nights for contemporary performance at the Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester as well as providing other support and opportunities for artists in the area.
The project, so far titled Phrases is an exploration of structured dance improvisations alongside spoken and projected text and projected photographs. Themes present in the work so far include confusion, sublime, dysfunction, non-sequiter, stream-of-consciousness and a resistance to representation and formal order.
The photographs consist of tender, fleeting moments, my interest is in displaying them in a theatrical setting, lifting them from their quiet and dignified ephemerality to the bright, alter-like arena of the on-stage projection. I also situate my body and my movement practice in relation to these images . I want to explore what happens in the aesthetic reception of the photographs through contrasting and complimenting their feeling through movement and a live body.
Choreographed & performed by Lewys Holt