Christian Holder

In April 2015 Christian Holder was invited to sing at London’s cabaret venue in Piccadilly, The Crazy Coqs. Originally a one-off event, he was immediately asked to return for extra performances in June. His successful first show, At Home And Abroad, employed events from his surprising and extraordinary theatrical life to create the narrative. Songs by Cole Porter,
Noel Coward, Peter Allen, and others, plus two written by Holder,
punctuated this intimate celebration with Musical Direction by Philip Foster. Subsequently, there have been three other shows at The Crazy Coqs, and two shows at The Pheasantry, in Chelsea.

In August 2016 Christian was given an evening in the Lecture Theatre of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum - Christian Holder: A Life in Performance, New York and London.

Christian was as a leading dancer with the Joffrey Ballet in New York, where he worked with choreographers: Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille, Kurt Jooss, and Leonide Massine. In 2012 the documentary film, “Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance”, written and directed by Bob Hercules, premiered at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater in New York. Holder
appears in archival footage, and in interviews before the camera.

From 1974 to 1984 Christian designed stage wardrobe for Tina Turner.

Back in London after many years based in New York, Christian was given an exhibition of his designs and paintings in 2010, by Artscape Ltd: a division of Rosenstiel’s Widow and Son Ltd, the art publishers in Chelsea. The show displayed Holder’s work along with his father’s, Boscoe Holder, and that of Oliver Messel, the master English designer who was a friend of the family, and whose designs for ballet inspired Mr. Holder as a child.

In 2004 and 2006 Christian returned to the Joffrey Ballet (now based in Chicago) as a guest artist. First, at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House for the centenary of the English choreographer, Frederick Ashton, performing the role of The Narrator in his ballet, A Wedding Bouquet. Then at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, as an Ugly Stepsister in Ashton’s ballet, Cinderella, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Joffrey Ballet.

Christian Holder’s performing career began as a child in London, where he attended the Corona Academy Stage School. He appeared in repertory theatre in Bromley and Wimbledon, and on the television series The Avengers, Danger Man, and Play of the Week. A 1955 BBC production of Moby Dick, although unfinished, provided him with the privilege of being directed, as Pip the Cabin Boy, by Orson Welles. He also danced with his father’s London-based company, Boscoe Holder and his Caribbean Dancers.