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Empty Orchestra Comes to The Wardrobe Theatre in September

Imagine contemporary dance, live karaoke and out of tune singing and you have Empty Orchestra, a show which sounds like an absolute blast, and sold out London tour dates last year.

The celebration of the highs and lows of karaoke, is now coming to The Wardrobe Theatre next month.

It’s created by dance artist Lewys Holt and his Leeds based company perfectly serviceable. Performed by Holt alongside Luke Divall and Inari Hulkkonen, the show examines feelings connected to vulnerability, power and cringe, the surprising range which encompasses the art of karaoke.

“I’m interested in pop music and the way it instantly connects with people, distracts them, frees them and allows them to become more themselves, but also how it has shaped society to a degree,” Holt says.

“It has a brainwashing quality, along with its emotional liberation. What I want to do with this show is find ways of engaging with pop music in ways that are not pre-prescribed. How can we find the emotions in the margins of these songs? How can we sing between the notes to find a pleasure independent of the pleasure it tries to sell us? I think dance is the answer.”

Empty Orchestra, will be at The Wardrobe Theatre on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 September 2023

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