Festival 19


Saturday 12 May

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Salomé with live score by Haley Fohr of Circuit des Yeux 1923 film and live score

Circuit des Yeux’s Haley Fohr performs a newly commissioned, original soundtrack to the startlingly seductive 1923 silent movie, Salomé. Circuit des Yeux’s sound combines fingerpicked guitar, avant-garde electronics, minimalism and song with Fohr’s otherworldly voice, which has drawn comparisons with Nina Simone, Nico and even Scott Walker.



Credit: Scene from Salomé, directed by Charles Bryant, 1923.
Scene from Salomé, directed by Charles Bryant, 1923.

Haley Fohr and her band perform a soundtrack to Salomé, the scandalous 1923 film based on the story of Herod’s stepdaughter. Conceived, produced, and starring the stupendous Russian actress Alla Nazimova, Salomé was a resounding flop on release, with its story and rumours of debauched parties at Nazimova’s mansion on Sunset Boulevard causing it to be shunned by the major studios. In the years since, its weirdly beautiful atmosphere and aesthetic – combining Art Nouveau, modernism and the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age – have led to its growing recognition as an exotic gem, and a cornerstone of camp.

Commissioned by Opera North Projects for Leeds International Festival.


Salomé Director / Charles Bryant
Artist / Haley Fohr
Live band / Circuit des Yeux
Commission / Opera North

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Saturday 12 May